June, 2023

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How Hospice Eligibility Criteria Can Adversely Affect Dementia Patients

Hospice News

A growing number of patients with various dementia-related conditions will need end-of-life care in coming years. Hospices preparing for rising demand are facing compliance challenges, as these patients often require longer hospice stays. Patients with Alzheimer’s and other neurological degenerative disorders have health trajectories that are difficult to project, especially as they approach the end of life, according to Dr.

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Hospice in Prison Part 1: An interview with Michele DiTomas and Keith Knauf

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary In the early 1990’s, California Medical Facility (CMF) created one of the nation’s first licensed hospice units inside a prison. This 17-bed unit serves inmates from all over the state who are approaching the end of their lives. A few are let out early on compassionate release. Many are there until they die. Today’s podcast is part one of a two-part podcast where we spend a day at CMF, a medium security prison located about halfway between San Francisco and Sacram

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Best practices for automating processes to enhance risk management

AlayaCare

When it comes to providing quality care in the home care industry, ensuring the safety and well-being of clients is of paramount importance. Effective risk management plays a crucial role in achieving this goal. However, manual and paper-based processes can be time-consuming, prone to errors, and challenging to track consistently. That’s where the power of automation comes into play.

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It’s Ok and Be Kind to Yourself About it.

Caregiver Warrior

No matter what you are feeling during your caregiving journey, it's ok and you must be kind to yourself about it. The post It’s Ok and Be Kind to Yourself About it. appeared first on Caregiver Warrior.

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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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How does dementia feel? A new training builds understanding & empathy

HopeHealth

It’s one thing to witness dementia in someone you care for. It’s another to experience it, even briefly, for yourself. That’s where the Virtual Dementia Tour comes in. The post How does dementia feel? A new training builds understanding & empathy appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Tips for Helping a Loved One Adjust to Assisted Living

Aging Life Care Association

Do you have a senior loved one who needs more resources, time, and care with daily activities than you alone can provide? Are you considering moving them to an assisted living community? These are designed to provide care and assistance with daily activities, while ensuring their residents some level of independence. However, moving to an … Continue reading Tips for Helping a Loved One Adjust to Assisted Living → The post Tips for Helping a Loved One Adjust to Assisted Living appea

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Hospice in Prison Part 2: An interview with the Pastoral Care Workers

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary I don’t know ’bout religion I only know what I see And in the end when I hold their hand It’s both of us set free These are the ending lyrics to Bonnie Raitt’s song “Down the Hall”, an ode to the Pastoral Care Workers who care for their fellow inmates in the hospice unit at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, California.

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Overcoming labor cost challenges in home care through automation

AlayaCare

The home care industry in the United States plays a crucial role in supporting individuals who require assistance with daily activities while remaining in the comfort of their own homes. However, home care faces its fair share of challenges like any industry. One significant challenge that home care agencies must navigate is managing labor costs effectively.

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Caregiver Employee Empowerment

Sustainable Caregiving

Are you an employee who feels unsupported in the workplace as a caregiver? Are you an employer who would like to support the caregivers on your team? You may be wondering why caregiver empowerment is essential. Family caregiving responsibilities can be demanding and time-consuming. Supporting family caregivers in the workplace can positively impact their overall … Caregiver Employee Empowerment Read More » The post Caregiver Employee Empowerment appeared first on Sustainable Caregiving™.

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Unlocking communication: The role of physical, occupational and speech therapy in aphasia

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

Aphasia, noun apha·​sia ə-ˈfā-zh(ē-)ə Medical: loss or impairment of the power to use or comprehend words usually resulting from brain damage (as from a stroke, head injury, or infection) Aphasia, the cruel illness resulting from a stroke, allowed Jean to understand what was said to her but prevented her from clearly replying. — Robert Giroux The National Aphasia Association has declared June as National Aphasia Awareness Month.

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Keeping Older Adults Safe in the Heat

Aging Life Care Association

Summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. Weather extremes are increasing, with hotter temps a concern for large swathes of the U.S. At the same time, the U.S. population is older than ever before and there are safety measures to keep in mind when we venture outdoors. It’s important to take precautions when … Continue reading Keeping Older Adults Safe in the Heat → The post Keeping Older Adults Safe in the Heat appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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How Gender-Affirming Care Bans Could Impact Hospice Access, Utilization

Hospice News

Hospice providers are growing increasingly concerned about how state laws related to transgender rights may impede access to their services among LGBTQ+ communities. A rash of states have recently passed legislation to ban the delivery of gender-affirming health care, including Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, among others. What’s happening in these states has caused mounting concern around access to quality hospice care for LGBTQ+ individuals, according to Kimberly Acquaviva, social w

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Artificial Intelligence: Charlotta Lindvall, Matt DeCamp, Sei Lee

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has tremendous potential. We talk on this podcast about potential uses of AI in geriatrics and palliative care with natural language processing guru Charlotta Lindvall from DFCI, bioethicists and internist Matt DeCamp from University of Colorado, and prognosis wizard Sei Lee from UCSF. Social companions to address the epidemic of loneliness among older adults Augmenting ability of clinicians by taking notes Searching the electronic heal

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6 Ways EHR systems impact home care agencies 

AlayaCare

Tech advancements continue to revolutionize how client data is stored, accessed, and utilized in the home care industry. Electronic Health Records (EHR) have emerged as a game-changer, streamlining operations and improving client outcomes. In this blog, we explore how EHR systems can empower home care agencies, unleashing a wave of operational efficiency and enhancing the quality of care provided to clients in the comfort of their homes. 1.

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Juneteenth Celebration Ideas for Seniors | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an important celebration that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. There are many activities that senior can participate in to honor this momentous occasion. Let's explore some engaging activities and dive into the history of Juneteenth.

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RN Julie Thompson Helps Little Boy Overcome Fear and Anxiety Before Surgery

Daily Nurse

Julie Thompson, a nurse at Van Diest Medical Center (VDMC) in Webster City, Iowa, helped a little boy overcome his fear and anxiety before surgery and was named the 2023 recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Daily Nurse is proud to honor Thompson as our Nurse of the Week , recognizing the super-human work Thompson provides for patients and families every day at VDMC.

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LGBTQIA+ Community Nursing Representation Is Essential

Minority Nurse

As LGBTQIA+ nurses celebrate June’s Pride Month, they continue to advocate for accessible and safe care for the LGBTQIA+ community and for a nursing workforce that represents the populations they serve. Jeff Day, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, CNEcl, who is chair of the nursing section of GLMA and a medical provider at Callen-Lorde a New York City-based community health center and a global leader in LGBTQIA+ healthcare, says a diverse nursing workforce is essential to good patient care, but it also make

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CMMI Analysis: Palliative Care Reduces Medicare Costs, Improve Patient Satisfaction

Hospice News

When deployed at scale, palliative care can help achieve many of the health care systems current goals, including reduced costs, improved patient satisfaction and quality of life. Despite this potential, existing programs hit barriers created by misconceptions about palliative care among referring physicians, as well as health equity concerns, among others, according to an analysts of four payment model demonstrations carried out by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

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Diabetes in Late Life: Nadine Carter, Tamryn Gray, Alex Lee

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Diabetes is common. When I’m on nursing home call, the most common page I receive is for a blood sugar value. When I’m on palliative care consults and attending in our hospice unit we have to counsel patients about deprescribing and de-intensifying diabetes medications. Given how frequent monitoring and prescribing issues arise in the care of patients with diabetes in late life, including the end of life, Eric and I were excited when Tamryn Gray emailed us requesting

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Big data: How does it affect my home care agency?

AlayaCare

Technology is continuously evolving, and new tools are presented to help advance various industries and improve processes. One of the most used technology buzzword affecting the healthcare industry today is “Big Data.” Big data is being talked about more and is all the rage in the technology world, but what does it mean for home healthcare? Healthcare providers are adapting to new technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs), which allow them to gather these “extremely large data sets”

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The Hidden Crisis: Unveiling the Mental Health Struggles of Teen Boys

AJN Off the Charts

In today’s world, teenage boys are facing a crisis that often goes unnoticed: their mental health. Anxiety, depression, despair, and even suicidal thoughts plague young boys and young men alike. Shockingly, teenage boys and young men in the United States are more than twice as likely, and sometimes up to four times as likely , to die by suicide compared to their female counterparts.

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Washington to Allow Nurses with Multistate Licenses to Begin Practicing in the State

Daily Nurse

Washington, which recently became the 40th jurisdiction to enact the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), will allow nurses holding an active, unencumbered multistate license (MSL) to begin practicing in the state on July 24. Additionally, as part of the NLC legislation , the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission will officially change its name to the Washington State Board of Nursing on the same date.

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The Caregiver’s Journey

Chicago Caregiving

Take your turn in our first-ever caregiving game, and learn everything you need for each step of the way Your child has a disabling accident. Your spouse falls ill with terminal cancer. Your aging parents need help with daily living. These are just a few reasons why you may abruptly find yourself in a caregiver role — facing what can seem like an overwhelming and confusing path ahead.

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Hospices Seek Congressional Action on Staffing Constraints

Hospice News

Years after it was first introduced, hospice leaders are calling on Congress to move forward legislation that would bolster their dwindling workforce. The most significant bill in recent years is the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA), which has come before Congress time and again but has not yet been passed. The bill’s most recent go around was last May, reintroduced by Sens.

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Communicating with Seniors who Have Dementia

Caring Senior Service

Effective communication is essential in maintaining meaningful relationships with seniors living with Alzheimer's or related dementias. As your loved one's cognitive abilities decline, connecting with them can become increasingly challenging. However, by employing the right strategies and approaches, you can create an atmosphere of understanding, support, and connection.

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Increase efficiency and save time: onboarding staff on software training in home care

AlayaCare

In the home care industry, efficient software training is crucial for onboarding staff members and ensuring they can provide the highest quality care to clients. Traditional training methods often involve repetitive tasks and consume significant amounts of time. Fortunately, technological advancements and the availability of on-demand e-learning solutions have paved the way for increased efficiency and time savings in software training.

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Meet Our Newest Freedom Employees

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Meet Lisa Shenkman Human Resources – Recruiting/On Boarding Specialist Please join us in welcoming Lisa Shenkman to the Freedom Home Care team! Before joining Freedom Home Care, Lisa worked in the industry as a Private Duty Staffing Coordinator for 15 years. Prior to this, she was in healthcare administration for over 20 years, wearing many different hats having started her career as a certified nursing assistant.

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Healthy Work Environments Are Essential

Daily Nurse

It is well known that many U.S. healthcare organizations face a significant nurse staffing challenge, and as leaders and administrators seek solutions, we must emphasize an essential element of nurse recruitment and retention — establishing and sustaining healthy work environments (HWEs). The most recent “ National Nurse Work Environments” study , conducted in 2021 by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), shows that the health of nurse work environments across the country has

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Food Insecurity

Chicago Caregiving

When chronic health issues and lack of resources combine, older adults face mounting food challenges Nora Spencer, of Lisle, Illinois, had found herself in a difficult food situation. Faced with the constraints of a low fixed income, a lack of transportation, and multiple chronic health conditions, she rarely leaves her house. “My kids live in southern Illinois, and all my friends are so far away.

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Lawmakers, Providers Seek Collaboration to Strengthen Hospice Program Integrity

Hospice News

Hospice leaders and lawmakers are meeting on Capitol Hill today to address the pressing issue of program integrity, among other policy priorities. Driving these conversations are the multiple reports of unethical or illegal practices among hundreds of newly licensed hospices, particularly among new companies popping up in California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona.

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Traditions Health of Winfield, IL Awarded Hospice Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Traditions Health

Traditions Health of Winfield, IL A warded Hospice A ccreditation from The Joint Commission Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Winfield, IL 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 health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

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4 ways to improve your revenue cycle management 

AlayaCare

Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) is a crucial aspect of managing home care agencies, as it directly affects financial sustainability and the ability to provide high-quality patient care. Effective RCM ensures timely and accurate reimbursement of services provided while minimizing operational costs, resulting in increased cash flow and revenue growth. However, home care agencies face numerous challenges in RCM that can impact their financial stability and ability to provide high-quality care.

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HRH The Princess of Wales supports Children’s Hospice Week

Together for Short Lives

“I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the truly extraordinary teamwork that goes into providing this incredible care” – Her Royal Highness, The Princess of Wales shares a personal message to mark Children’s Hospice Week. The Princess of Wales has written of the “truly extraordinary teamwork” that underpins children’s hospices across the UK. Her Royal […] The post HRH The Princess of Wales supports Children’s Hospice Week appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Meet Diane Keinanen, Registered Nurse and Transgender Woman

Daily Nurse

Diane Keinanen , a registered nurse of 32 years in Duluth, Minnesota, is a transgender woman who started her transition journey four years ago. Since then, she’s proudly expressed her identity and life post-transition through motivational photos and videos on her social media on her challenges and moments of joy through bike rides, confessions about her family, and what brings her inspiration today.

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Texas Jury Renders $10 Million Verdict in Novel Corporate Practice of Medicine Case

Healthcare Law Insights blog

Following two weeks of trial testimony, a Travis County jury recently rendered a $10 million verdict in a novel corporate practice of medicine (CPOM) case. The jury found in favor of a physician hospitalist group that claimed a management company repeatedly broke its promise to comply with the state’s CPOM prohibition, putting profits over patients, among other wrongdoings.

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How Nonprofit Palliative Care Providers Are Raising Philanthropic Dollars

Hospice News

Raising philanthropic funding is often vital to nonprofit palliative care providers. But to attract donors, operators must be prepared to communicate their value proposition, according to Steve Cone, chief communications officer at Capital Caring Health. “It’s key to point out that palliative care is better for everybody, the patient, the family and payers,” Cone told Hospice News.