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Psychological Trauma Can Worsen Symptom Burden at End-of-Life

Hospice News

Recent research has found that traumatic experiences can lead to increased pain and symptom burden at the end of life, along with a greater likelihood of emotional suffering and isolation. Collective trauma experiences have been associated with higher instances of pain and dyspnea among more than half of seniors nationwide, a recent study found, published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

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Know someone with dementia? Try these 6 tips for communication


Do you have a loved one with dementia? From sharing basic information to creating a deeper one-on-one connection, try these tips for communication. The post Know someone with dementia? Try these 6 tips for communication appeared first on HopeHealth.


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71% of Palliative Care Fellows Feel Unprepared to Counsel Patients on Medical Cannabis

Hospice News

A majority of palliative care and hospice clinicians feel unprepared to discuss medical cannabis with their patients. Researchers from Harvard University surveyed 123 hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) fellows regarding their familiarity with medical cannabis. About 71% indicated that they were not “sufficiently informed” to counsel patients on its use, according to a recent study in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

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Congratulations to Michelle McInnes on receiving the Frances Montgomery HPC PSW Award!!

Life & Death Matters

This is the week that Ontario celebrates PSWs! Anyone who knows me knows that I value, respect, and stand in awe of Personal Support Workers and their role as essential members of the health care team. There is no where that this is more obvious than in hospice and palliative care! I love the stories […] The post Congratulations to Michelle McInnes on receiving the Frances Montgomery HPC PSW Award!!

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The Cost of Inefficient Communication in Home Care & Beyond

This eBook explores the critical issues of using consumer-grade messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and SMS in healthcare, especially home care. It highlights the negative impacts on patient care quality, data security, and HIPAA compliance and provides practical solutions to enhance communication efficiency! You will learn how to: Consolidate Messaging Platforms: Streamline communication by reducing the use of multiple apps, improving efficiency in patient care.

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VITAS’ Acquisition Pipeline Likely Growing

Hospice News

VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE) is gearing up for potential acquisitions. The company recently completed its $85 million acquisition of Covenant Health and Community Services’ hospice operations and one assisted living facility location. This was VITAS’ first deal in several years, largely due to record-high valuations in the space, Chairman and CEO Nick Westfall told Hospice News in 2020.

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Congratulations Terry Downing on receiving the 2024 CPCNA Leadership Award!

Life & Death Matters

Last week was Nurses Week and Hospice Palliative Care Week. It was the week that the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association presented their award at the annual guest lecture open to everyone. And this was the week that I was asked to present the CPCNA Leadership Award to Terry Downing. Together with colleagues several nurses, physicians, health […] The post Congratulations Terry Downing on receiving the 2024 CPCNA Leadership Award!

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Elaina Hall

Minority Nurse

Elaina Hall, DNP(c), MSN, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, is the chief quality officer of SnapCare , formerly SnapNurse, and an experienced healthcare executive in the areas of healthcare system operations, performance improvement, nursing practice, and leadership consulting. Hall’s passion is consistently delivering the ‘best and brightest’ for SnapCare clients.

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What family caregivers should know about ‘sundowning’ in seniors with dementia

Living Assistance Services

If you care for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another condition that causes dementia, or if you’ve noticed consistent behavioural.

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Celebrating Nurses’ Week by Building a Supportive Culture for All Nurses

Healthy Workforce Institute

As we approach Nurses’ Week, I find myself reflecting on my early days, particularly on the profound impact one nurse had on my career: Maryann. She wasn’t just any nurse; she was the epitome of what I aspired to be—smart, confident, and incredibly kind. Maryann had a wonderful relationship with the physicians, exuded competence and professionalism, and never once made me feel inadequate, despite my newcomer status.

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Traditions Health of Jackson, GA Awarded Hospice Accreditation

Traditions Health

Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Jackson, GA has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospice Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The Jackson hospice branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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The Ultimate Guide to Improving Caregiver Engagement & Retention

Want to learn how to retain your caregivers & improve caregiver retention X3? The home care industry is experiencing turnover rates of over 80%. How are you ensuring your agency is retaining caregivers? This FREE eBook from Smartcare Software is packed with industry secrets needed to keep your caregivers happy, engaged, and retained, unlocking the full potential of your agency.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Minimize pauses in chest compressions because even short pauses profoundly affect coronary perfusion pressure and outcomes. Long pauses in chest compressions before delivery of a shock are associated with failure of defibrillation.

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How to Support Someone With Arthritis

Accessible Home Health Care

One in four adults in the United States has been diagnosed with a painful joint condition known as arthritis. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the mechanical wear and tear on the body’s joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints.

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