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  • Education & Resources ·

Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference?

Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference? The terms ‘hospice’ and ‘palliative’ care often get confused. Although they are similar, there are differences between these two types of care. What is hospice care? The focus of hospice care is on quality of life when a cure is no longer possible or when the burden of treatment outweighs the benefits. In general patients receiving hospice services have a life-expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its usual course. Many people think hospice care is just for elderly people or cancer patients, but that is not the case. Hospice…
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Reiki: A Modern Yet Ancient Healing & Relaxation Practice

Reiki: A Modern Yet Ancient Healing & Relaxation Practice By: Genna Hulme, Certified Nursing Assistant Today is National Relaxation Day; and while we could talk to you about reading your favorite book in a bathtub full of bubbles, we are instead going to share with you an ancient healing and relaxation practice that is becoming widespread again: Reiki. What is Reiki? Reiki is a very unique form of energetic healing. Using the body’s natural energy flow, it has the ability to balance out disrupted or distorted energy in and around the body’s energetic field. This makes the client feel generally…
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Hospice and Nursing Homes

Hospice Services for Nursing Facilities By: Dr. Margarita David DNP, RN Having a hospice provider working as a partner with a nursing home may improve the quality of care a nursing home resident receives during end of life. Many studies have shown that having a hospice presence in nursing homes reduces hospital readmissions, improves the facility’s performance scores, and facilitates conversation between the resident and their families regarding end-of-life treatment options. The difference between nursing homes and hospice When a loved one’s health condition declines, the decision to transition to comfort care is not an easy one. However, before a…
  • Awareness ·

National Wellness Month

National Wellness Month Did you know August is National Wellness Month? Although we all know we should always try to make wellness a priority, at times we drop the ball. Unfortunately, sometimes focusing on wellness takes a back seat to everything else in our busy lives. This is what makes August the perfect opportunity to re-focus on our wellness and kick start a healthy lifestyle. Don’t know where to start? No worries, we’ve put together a list of five simple habits to incorporate into your routine each day! Drink more water Health experts often recommend we follow the 8×8 rule:…
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What Makes a Good Hospice Volunteer?

What Makes a Good Hospice Volunteer? By: Dr. Margarita David DNP, RN People become hospice volunteers for many reasons. For some, volunteering is a form of gratitude for the help they received when a loved one was ill, and others volunteer as a way of making a difference in their community. Hospice volunteers are an essential part of the hospice care team as their support and care can make a difference in dying patients’ and their families’ lives. Why do hospices need volunteers? Hospice patients and families usually perceive volunteers as regular members of their local community because that is…
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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day 2021: Hepatitis Can’t Wait World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on July 28th each year to raise awareness for the global problem of viral hepatitis. What is hepatitis? Most often caused by a viral infection, hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A Transmission: Mainly spread through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Often widespread in countries with a lack of safe water and poor sanitation. Prevention: Treatment within a few weeks of exposure can also bring short term immunity.…
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CHF & Hospice – Does it Qualify?

Congestive Heart Failure and Hospice – Does it Qualify? By: Elizabeth Townsend, RN Congestive heart failure happens when the heart muscle begins to not pump blood as it should. Conditions of congestive heart failure, such as narrowed heart arteries or continuous high blood pressure, eventually weaken the heart and make it unable to pump the blood throughout the body. This will result in fluid retention in the heart and lungs. What criteria must be met for CHF patients and hospice care? Progressive decline in status Continuous weight loss Weakness and fatigue Other uncontrolled symptoms such as shortness of breath and…
  • Grief ·

Five Stages of Grief

Five Stages of Grief Losing someone we love leaves us with feelings of unbearable pain, and while everyone grieves differently, there are five stages of grief that most people go through after experiencing a loss. Very Well Mind describes the five stages as follows. Denial The first stage of the grief process is denial. In this stage, we are trying to process the reality of the loss of our loved one. When we hear the phrase ‘denial,’ we assume it means we are attempting to pretend the loss does not exist. While this is denial, it is only a part…
  • COVID-19 ·

COVID-19 and Guilt

https://youtu.be/2cRM8QKB1p4 COVID-19 and Guilt By: Michael Larrimore, Director of Bereavement and Chaplain Services “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.” -Coco Chanel Feelings of Anger and Guilt Anger can be a common emotion we experience when we have lost someone close to us. We seek someone to blame or someone to hold responsible, someone who could have altered fate to erase what happened, and sometimes our target is the person looking back at us in the mirror. Guilt is a form of anger turned inward, and it can be one of the most challenging emotions to overcome. We…
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Heart Failure and Hospice

Heart Failure and Hospice By: Marisol Ramirez, RN Now more than ever, it is imperative to manage serious conditions in the comfort of a patient’s home. Physicians, patients, and families can all agree that a caring and competent team is needed for optimal patient care. Under this joint effort, patient outcomes improve and overall healthcare costs lower for patients, specifically those experiencing congestive heart failure (CHF). Caring for a loved one with heart failure in hospice Making decisions for a loved one with heart failure can be difficult. You want the best care for your loved one. But how do…