Expanding our Bubbles during COVID-19

Hospice Volunteering

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People with disabilities during COVID-19

Hospice Volunteering

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/people-disabilities-personal-support-workers-covid19-1.5554052. news/canada/ottawa/people-disabilities-personal-support-workers-covid19-1.5554052. Great article featuring my good friend (and guest speaker in my class many times, Liz Winkelaar

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Caring for Caregivers during Covid-19

Hospice Volunteering

I wanted to share the second video I’ve made for Abbotsford House – this one focusses on the impact of Covid-19 on people who are caring for someone in these challenging times, whether their loved one lives with them, or at a distance, or in a long-term care home or retirement residence.

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Volunteering during a pandemic

Hospice Volunteering

Here’s a lovely article about the resilience and flexibility of hospice services and volunteers in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. Now more than ever we need to find ways other than in-person to support others in need in our community. link]. Let’s do our best to reach out to neighbours, family members, friends, and people in your community, especially people who may be isolated or alone. Be safe, be healthy, and enjoy the holidays

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Hospice Chaplains Excel At Leading Patients on a (Spiritual) Journey

Hospice 101

The role of the Hospice Chaplain is such an important role, and benefit, to the hospice team. Their main focus is to provide spiritual support to hospice patients and their loved ones. Very often, our Hospice Chaplains guide patients and loved ones on a personal reflection and spiritual journey. The Hospice Chaplain is like a Taxi Driver for the Hospice Patient. The hospice patient hops into the “taxi” and directs the Chaplain where they would like to go.

Hospice Labor and Employment Trends: The Old and the New in 2020

Healthcare Law Insights podcast

In this episode, we share a lively discussion with colleague Jon Anderson on what should be front of mind for hospices in 2020 from a labor and employment perspective. In this episode, we share a lively discussion with colleague Jon Anderson on what should be front of mind for hospices in 2020 from a labor and employment perspective.

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8 Ways to Celebrate the 2020 Holiday Season at a Distance

Seniority, the Mavencare Blog

The holidays are going to look different for most families this year. COVID-19 cases are spiking in both the US and Canada, and this means that it isn’t advisable to travel for the holidays and/or to gather in large groups with our loved ones.

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The impact of COVID-19 on our views and experiences of death and dying

Hospice Volunteering

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused over 700,000 deaths world-wide and resulted in millions of casualties. How has the pandemic changed our perceptions, attitudes, and policies towards death and dying? Has it led to a greater understanding and acceptance of death as a part of life? Or has it increased our fear of dying, as people witness the devastation COVID has wrought in long-term care homes and other congregate facilities?

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Are You Ready for October 1, 2020? Honing in on CMS’s Impending Election Statement and Election Statement Addendum Requirements

Healthcare Law Insights podcast

Those requirements are set to become effective as early as October 1, 2020. For resources related to this episode, please see the following: CMS, FY 2021 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule CMS, Proposed Modifications to Model Election Statement and New Model Addendum CMS, FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule

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How to Start a Conversation with your Hospice Patient About Their Military Service

Hospice 101

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those men and women who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Memorial Day is also a good reminder for hospice team members to take the time to listen to, and allow, your patients to share their military service experiences, as a part of their life review.

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Long-Term Care Homes

Hospice Volunteering

People in Ontario and Quebec have expressed shock and anger at the findings of the reports produced by the military personnel who have been deployed to long-term care homes in those provinces. I have watched the news coverage, read the Ontario report closely, and listened to the premiers and the Prime Minister. One question that remains foremost in my mind: what can I do to make sure that the system of long-term care homes is completely overhauled?

Shining From Within: The Difference Between a Good Hospice Nurse and an Amazing Hospice Nurse.

Hospice 101

Are you a good hospice nurse? Or, are you an AMAZING Hospice Nurse? In my eight-years as a Hospice Nurse, I’ve worked with some good hospice nurses, some bad hospice nurses, and then I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with some AMAZING hospice nurses. I’ve learned, and have seen through observations firsthand, what truly makes a good hospice nurse different from an AMAZING hospice nurse. But can this difference be taught? Or does the difference come within?

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What’s going to happen?

Hospice Volunteering

What’s going to happen? As restrictions because of COVID-19 begin to loosen across Canada, I wanted to share my latest video. I was asked to produce a series of short videos on the impact of COVID-19 on seniors. This video explores the possibilities and challenges we face today

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Mother’s Day in a time of pandemic

Hospice Volunteering

As I was on my daily constitutional today (amidst polar winds and swirling snow), I passed a lengthy line of men outside the new artisanal chocolate shop in my neighbourhood. As I moved onto the street to maintain physical distance between the shoppers and myself, I found myself thinking about all the mothers who will face Mother’s Day during this extraordinary pandemic, COVID-19.

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Hospice Nurses Hard at Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospice 101

There has been a lot of talk about the amazing, dedicating, and hard-working ER and ICU nursing teams during the COVID-19 health crisis in the United States. Through the media, we are hearing the stories of the ER and ICU nurses working long, sometimes double, shifts to provide care and compassion to all of those unfortunately affected by COVID-19, and the beautiful touching stories of holding patients hands when their family can not be at their side.

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Maintaining a Relationship with your Loved One in a Facility during COVID-19.

Hospice 101

Today, due to the threat of COVID-19 on our health, our personal relationships have suddenly changed (literally overnight) with our friends, coworkers, neighbors, fellow church members, social group members, and even family members living outside of our immediate homes. Where once we were free to meet and socialize with physical touch in a personal circle, today we are forced to avoid personal and physical contact, even avoiding others with a minimum of six feet of space between us.

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The Heart of Hospice Volunteers

Hospice 101

“Many of our hospice volunteers don’t even realize the impact they have on the lives they touch”. Volunteers are valuable members of our society. They are people who spread goodness to others out of the kindness of their hearts. Volunteers are found everywhere!

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Crash Course in Hospice Nursing for ER and ICU Staff.

Hospice 101

With the sudden and continuing increase in COVID-19 patients in our world, there are many nurses that are finding themselves face to face with death, more than ever before. ICU Nurses and ER nurses are trained to help and care for patients with urgent and emergent needs, with the goal to have them walk out their hospital doors. However, with the death rate continuing to increase, the likelihood of this goal is still poor.

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Providing Hospice Cares in a Facility during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Quarantine

Hospice 101

Dear Fellow Hospice RNs, It’s now, more than ever, that your hospice patients really need your kindness, your compassion, your caring nature, and your gentle demeanor. They need you to visit, to provide a listening ear, and to provide them with some social interaction. At a time we are being told to avoid others and limit our time with our patients, is a time that hospice nurses should really be increasing their frequency of weekly visits.

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Episode 29: Hospice and the Holidays

Living With Hospice

You know, 2020, it's been a crazy year to say the least. This is the last episode of 2020. November 2020Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced or is facing the death of someone they love.

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Episode 28: Did I do Enough?

Living With Hospice

October 2020 The last few episodes have explored the grief process as it is a common feeling before, during and after we lose our loved one. In this episode, Mitch discusses another common emotion that happens after our loved one has passed - guilt.

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Episode 27: How to Manage Grief

Living With Hospice

September 2020Revisiting this complex topic for a third time, Mitch Ware takes a deeper look into the seven stages of grief and explores how we cycle through them. From shock and denial to rebuilding and acceptance, the journey through these phases can be exceptionally difficult to experience.

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Episode 26: How Do I Help The Caregiver?

Living With Hospice

August 2020Every once in while, we discover that a dear friend or family member is cast into the role of being a caregiver for someone who is in an end of life situation. Often, our first thought is how can I help this family?

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The 7-Minute Scoop: Sundowners Syndrome Explained

Living With Hospice

July 2020Many people suffering with dementia experience a strange restlessness mid to late afternoon. This phenomenon is known as Sundowning and can affect a persons sleep patterns and mood.

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Episode 24: How Do I Get Off this Emotional Roller-coaster?

Living With Hospice

July 2020All of us find ourselves on an emotional roller-coaster as we deal with a friend's or loved ones illness. It can get really intense as that person's condition changes. Add in the crazy world events around us, and it can be over whelming.

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Episode 36 - Hospice Collaboration During Covid June 2020

Palliative Care Chat Podcast

Collaboration between palliative care and hospice during a pandemic. Podcast with Dr. Kathryn Walker and Ms. Zoe Plaugher of MedStar Health, and Mr. William Gammie of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. Collaboration between palliative care and hospice during a pandemic. Podcast with Dr. Kathryn Walker and Ms. Zoe Plaugher of MedStar Health, and Mr. William Gammie of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

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2020 Ambassador of the Year: Brad Needham

Hearts for Home Care

Last week, Hearts for Home Care presented the 2020 National Ambassador of the Year Award to director of Assistive State Programs in Delaware, Bradley Needham for his role as a dedicated, passionate, and influential ambassador.

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COVID-19 Class of 2020: My Hospital Residency’s Twists and Turns

Nurse.com

During my hospital residency in 2020, I worked in several ICUs, all of which had been converted to COVID-19 wards. The post COVID-19 Class of 2020: My Hospital Residency’s Twists and Turns appeared first on Nurse.com Blog.

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A Season of Watching, Waiting, and Preparing for the Light

Donna Cardillo, The Inspiration Nurse

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or winter solstice, it is a season of watching, waiting and preparing for the light. The symbolism is perfect for our lives as we often find ourselves in personal and spiritual darkness unable to find our way.

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#Trending: Talk of Technology Evolving in Home Care

AlayaCare

Among the many themes demonstrated by the year 2020 , we know now more than ever that , technology is now imperative to the delivery of ho me care.

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6 Tips for Supporting and Celebrating Caregivers This Holiday Season

AlayaCare

The holidays are usually a time filled with celebration and gatherings; a time to reset and recharge – but against the backdrop of a pandemic, 2020 feels a little different.

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The Final Chapter

Red M.D.

(published in General Surgery News September 2020). The first time I saw a death certificate, I was nineteen years old.

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How To Boost Your Home Health Nursing Orientation For Free

The Productive Home Health Nurse

This is great, you have your home health nursing orientation and preceptor time all next week…. Killin’ it! Wait, both in the same week…that doesn’t sound quite right…. Especially because Hilary definitely told you that she had 2 weeks worth of orientation and preceptor time.

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Taking Care of Our Own

Red M.D.

(Initially published on Doximity Oct 7, 2020). The first time I met Dr. Bob, he was sitting upright in his bed, wrapped in a bathrobe, with a pair of reading glasses balanced precariously on his forehead.

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The Dance of Donation

Red M.D.

“Code trauma. ETA 5 min.” The message flashed across my pager on a Wednesday during morning rounds. As I hustled downstairs to the trauma bay, I called ahead and asked, “What’s coming?”. Mid 30s. Hanging. 10 minutes of CPR with ROSC. Intubated on the scene. Pupils fixed and dilated.”.

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Managing Your Grief – Holiday Edition by Jim Reiser

Hospice of the North Coast

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year – those good old familiar and welcome sayings may not be as welcome to those of us who have suffered the loss of a loved one this year. Everything is different. Every single thing.

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“To Be the Federation”: The True Self in Ministry and Star Trek: Discovery

The Chaplain's Report

During our visit the talk ranged across a wide range of troubles, of which we have no shortage in 2020. Image from Star Trek: Discovery : What’s this got to do with the article? Not a whole lot. I just think this ship is really cool.

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Patient Access to Notes is Coming! Is Palliative Care Ready?

Pallimed

The final rule and timelines were finalized in Spring of 2020. by Christian Sinclair ( @ctsinclair ) Patients and families across the US are about to get a close look under the hood of electronic health records in just a few weeks.

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The Art of Forgiveness

Hope Hospice

3; September 2020). By Reverend Amina Wolf , MA, DMin. Republished with permission from Presence : An International Journal of Spiritual Direction (first published in Vol. 26, no.

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Exploring the Big Three Fears of Dying

Death and Dying Chronicles

Hospice experience has shown me that there are at least three looming fears one faces when given a terminal diagnosis. Fear of dying in pain, although very real, is greatly overshadowed by the even greater fear over loss of dignity and becoming a burden.

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Do You Believe in Cancer and Coronavirus Miracles? Here's research.

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Are miracles real or just wishful thinking when a good health prognosis is wanted? Healthcare worker have to be sensitive to patients' spirituality and religious beliefs regarding death journeys.

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National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Three Oaks Hospice

The story of modern hospice and palliative care began in 1963 when Dame Cicely Saunders introduced the concept of specialized care for terminally ill patients during a lecture at Yale University. A few years later, in 1967, Saunders started St.

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Addressing The Range of Patient Beliefs About COVID-19

Pallimed

by Lyle Fettig ( @FettigLyle ) I’ve been thinking about my role as a physician in responding to skepticism about a range of COVID topics, especially as we approach the holidays and all the tension about difficult recommendations to forgo traditional Thanksgiving dinners.

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