July, 2023

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Senators Propose Bills to Expand Hospice Training, Ensure Access to Transfusions

Hospice News

Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) recently re-introduced legislation designed to expand the palliative care workforce. The two lawmakers, along with others, also brought forth a second bill designed to ensure that hospice patients who need blood transfusions can receive them. The bipartisan-supported Provider Training in Palliative Care Act aims to increase the number of clinicians trained in palliative care as long-standing labor shortages continue to hinder access.

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“Do I Stay or do I Go?”

Life & Death Matters

As summer approaches and travel resumes, it is not uncommon for family members with loved ones in long-term care to ask this question as they try to decide whether or not to take a vacation…whether that is going on a long-planned family holiday for a few weeks, spending a couple of nights away in a […] The post “Do I Stay or do I Go?” appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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What palliative care means for Alzheimer’s and dementia

HopeHealth

For people living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, palliative care means extra support for quality of life — theirs, and their family’s. The post What palliative care means for Alzheimer’s and dementia appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Summer Book Review Hot Off the Press!

Caregiver Warrior

My post surgery book review for the Summer. Lots to read!! The post Summer Book Review Hot Off the Press! 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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Sleep problems and Insomnia in Serious Illness: A Podcast wtih Cathy Alessi and Brienne Miner

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Insomnia. We’ve all had it. Lying in bed at 2 am staring at the ceiling, getting anxious every hour that you’re not falling asleep as you have a busy day coming up. Insomnia sucks. Chronic insomnia sucks even more. For those with serious illness, sleep problems and insomnia are all too common. Instead of reflexively jumping to melatonin or ambien, on today’s podcast we talk with two sleep experts, Cathy Alessi and Brienne Miner, about a better approach to sleep

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How to secure your home care agency: the ultimate guide to HIPAA compliance

AlayaCare

When it comes to home care agencies, it’s crucial to have reliable and secure communication to deliver top-notch care and keep clients’ information private. As the importance of HIPAA compliance continues to grow, it’s essential to choose the best secure communication technology. Here’s a simple guide for home care agencies to pick the right tools and technologies that guarantee secure communication while meeting the strict regulations of the Health Insurance Portabilit

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How to Accept Help as a Caregiver

Sustainable Caregiving

Caring for a family member can be both rewarding and challenging, but it’s essential to recognize when we need help and not hesitate to ask for it. Caregivers face turbulent emotions such as guilt, grief, and feelings of inadequacy. We often find ourselves overwhelmed, trying to manage everything alone, and before we know it, we’re … How to Accept Help as a Caregiver Read More » The post How to Accept Help as a Caregiver appeared first on Sustainable Caregiving™.

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Book Recommendation: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse

Life & Death Matters

It is summer. Time for light reading. But also, a time for inspiration. I have just the book for you! The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse. The story of how these four beings come together, find friendship, share wisdom, love, and humour. When I first read it, I fell in love. I […] The post Book Recommendation: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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He lost both his parents. Now, he’ll help kids and teens heal at Camp BraveHeart.

HopeHealth

After losing both parents within just a few months, Jay needed help coping with his grief. Now, he’ll help kids and teens cope with theirs. The post He lost both his parents. Now, he’ll help kids and teens heal at Camp BraveHeart. appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Tips for Managing Sciatica Pain | Understanding Sciatic Nerve Pain

Caring Senior Service

Sciatica pain is a common ailment that affects millions of people worldwide, particularly seniors. It is characterized by sharp shooting pain that radiates through the lower back and legs. This condition can significantly impair one's quality of life and impact independence. Learn more about sciatica pain, why seniors may be more susceptible to it, and how you can help loved ones manage and alleviate this discomfort.

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Shadowing a Nurse for Career Growth

Minority Nurse

Are you feeling stuck in your nursing career? Shadowing another nurse to learn about a new role and work setting can make all the difference in your career. Whether you are you a new nursing student considering which nursing specialty fits your skills and passions or a veteran nurse who wants to move into a new area and gain additional expertise, taking the time to shadow another nurse can accelerate your decision making.

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CMS Unveils Dementia-Focused Payment Model with Interdisciplinary Care Approach

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a new payment model demonstration geared toward dementia-related illnesses, which are becoming more prevalent among hospice patients. The Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model is designed to improve the quality of life for dementia patients and their caregivers by addressing behavioral health and functional needs, as well as better coordinating care and improving care transitions between community, hospital

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Primary Palliative Care: Global in Rotterdam!

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

EAPC Primary Care Reference Group joins forces with similar groups in Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America to promote universal access to palliative care A packed room at the EAPC Congress in Rotterdam enthusiastically heard the chairs of these new regional groups detail exciting developments in their regions. First Tania Pastrana: EAPC Primary Palliative Care Reference Group (Germany) and Sebastian Moine (Scotland) gave an overview and identified innovations in Germany, Scotland and France (

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Congratulations, Kath Murray, on Your Lifetime Achievement Award from CPCNA!

Life & Death Matters

Dear friends, We are thrilled to announce and celebrate our esteemed colleague, Kath Murray. It is with great joy that we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Kath for being honoured last month with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association (CPCNA). This recognition is a testament to Kath’s unwavering dedication to […] The post Congratulations, Kath Murray, on Your Lifetime Achievement Award from CPCNA!

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Meet Our Newest Employee: Abby Fawks

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Freedom Home Care is always looking for more skilled and passionate people to add to our team. Our office staff and health workers are always there to help with your in-home care needs! Last month, we introduced you to three new team members. This month, we have another we’d like you to meet. Welcome Abby Please join us in welcoming Abby Fawks to the Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing team.

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Patron Simon Cowell gives heartfelt message of thanks to Morrisons for raising £5 million for Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives

Fantastic news today for children’s hospices and families caring for a child with a life-limiting condition as long-standing Patron of the children’s palliative care charity Simon Cowell announced that Morrisons have reached £5 million pounds in their fundraising efforts for charity partner Together for Short Lives. The partnership with Morrisons, which started in February 2022, […] The post Patron Simon Cowell gives heartfelt message of thanks to Morrisons for raising £5 million for Toget

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Poem: Caregivers

Happy Healthy Caregiver

a guest post written by Dean Cook with permission to share with the Happy Healthy Caregiver Community When I was just a young boy, I remember asking Mom, “Why does Granddad shake like that? Where does that come from?” The time had come for her to share some things about her dad, … Poem: Caregivers Read More » The post Poem: Caregivers appeared first on Happy Healthy Caregiver.

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Hospices Must Leap Hurdles to Provide Pediatric Inpatient Care

Hospice News

Barriers to expanding pediatric inpatient hospice care include a lack of specialized facilities as well as staff who are sufficiently trained to provide those services. Children are an underserved population in the hospice realm, particularly when it comes to inpatient care. Seriously ill children and their families often do not have access to inpatient services, mainly because these facilities simply don’t exist within their communities.

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EAPC4All EU4Health Project

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

In November 2022 the EU opened a call for non-government organsations working in the field of healthcare to submit applications for operating grants. The grants are to support the work of the NGO’s that contributes to the EU4Health programme. The EU4Health program is a comprehensive initiative launched by the European Union (EU) to enhance and safeguard the health of its citizens.

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Nurses with Disabilities: A Skilled Workforce

Minority Nurse

Nurses with disabilities find the nursing industry offers excellent career paths that help them fulfill their goals, regardless of disability. Whether nurses have a disability before they enter the workforce or become disabled after their licensure, they are needed to fill jobs and help broaden the diversity of the nursing workforce, says Karen McCulloh RN, BS , co-founder and co-director of the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND).

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High Peaks Hospice - Untitled Article

High Peaks Hospice

The Tupper Lake community is building everlasting relationships with High Peaks Hospice Pictured: Back – Sara Desimone, High Peaks Hospice Administrative Manager. Front – Students representing LP Quinn Elementary’s 1st Grade Classes who raised $1,364, Nick George, High Peaks Hospice Executive Director Pictured: Cory LaQuay presents a check for $1,945.

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To Paxlovid or Not?

Chicago Caregiving

Who benefits from the Covid antiviral drug Paxlovid, and how does it work? Pam and Jon (who wish to remain anonymous for this story) are two former Chicagoans living in southern California. They took great care during the pandemic not to catch Covid-19. They masked, attended outdoor events only, and took all recommended shots and boosters. But over Christmas 2022, their luck ran out; the couple tested positive for Covid.

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How Seniors Can Stay Safe In Extremely Hot Weather

Accessible Home Health Care

As summer peaks, the biggest concern for our senior loved ones centers on the heat and humidity levels. We still want to go outside and enjoy the fresh air, but not being aware of the weather could do more harm than good to our loved one’s health. We can enjoy the outside in many ways while being aware of how the heat affects our senior family members.

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‘Future-Focused’ Blue Ridge Hospice Expanding Footprint, Range of Services

Hospice News

Virginia-based Blue Ridge Hospice is building a foundation for a larger future with geographic expansion, a growing range of services and a rebrand in the works. In addition to bringing its core hospice business to a broader market, Blue Ridge is working to position itself for success in a value-based payment environment, according to CEO ​​Cheryl Hamilton Fried.

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Nurses With Disabilities: Still a Lot to Give

Daily Nurse

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every four American adults lives with a disability (approximately 61 million), and since there are four million nurses in the U.S., a large percentage of nurses are also likely living with disabilities. Beyond our borders, the World Health Organization estimates that 16 percent of the global population is disabled, perhaps as many as 1.3 billion people.

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When the Nurse’s Intuition Tingles

Minority Nurse

Nurses are astute clinicians often endowed with a keen helping of intuitive discernment. This ability to sense that something is wrong — or about to go wrong — has likely saved countless patients’ lives over centuries of nursing care. Whatever it is and wherever it comes from, a nurse’s intuition is something we can choose to pay heed to and to increasingly nurture, sharpen, and trust as the years go by.

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What is Frontotemporal Dementia? All About Bruce Willis’ FTD Diagnosis

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, leading to personality changes, behavior disturbances, and language difficulties. Recently, actor Bruce Willis made headlines when it was revealed that he has been diagnosed with FTD. In this blog, we will delve into what FTD is, how it’s diagnosed, and the steps to take when someone is diagnosed with this condition.

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Accuracy Matters

Chicago Caregiving

By K.J. Bannan When a loved one can’t find the answers, a caregiver can fill in the gaps Anna Falkenstein’s husband went into cardiac arrest six years ago while walking outside. He pitched forward as he collapsed. Bystanders started CPR, but his brain was without oxygen long enough to cause an anoxic brain injury and major memory loss. “When he woke up, he had no idea who he was, who anybody around him was.

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Congressional Briefing Demonstrates the Value of the Medicare Hospice Benefit

NHPCO

For Immediate Release July 28, 2023 New Research Shows Hospice Produces Better Outcomes, Lower Medicare Costs (Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA ) – On Thursday, July 27 a panel of healthcare experts presented groundbreaking new research at a Capitol Hill briefing for Congressional offices, showing that patient use of hospice contributed to $3.5 billion in Medicare savings in 2019, while also providing multiple benefits to patients, families, and caregivers.

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Senators Baldwin and Capito Reintroduce PCHETA

Hospice News

Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA), designed to bolster the field’s shrinking workforce with federal support. If enacted, PCHETA would support hospice and palliative care training programs for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and chaplains.

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Advance Your Nursing Career: Creating a Nursing E-Portfolio is Easier Than You Think

Daily Nurse

We all depend on technology to manage our daily responsibilities at home and work to make purchases, open doors, send messages, attend meetings virtually, and more, but did you know you can also use technology to advance your nursing career ? Technology for Career Advancement You are likely already using technology to tackle tasks like grocery shopping and take-out orders, but are you also using it to help advance your career ?

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Aneesah Coates

Minority Nurse

Aneesah Coates, BSN, RN, is an experienced psychiatric mental health nurse with nearly ten years of experience in acute care, long-term care, and home health care. She is the owner of aneesahcoates.com and is passionate about helping nurses, current and aspiring, learn more about the profession. Coates works at a mental health crisis center as a senior professional evaluation nurse, preceptor to new nurses, Nursing Journal Club facilitator, and nursing department trainer for new staff.

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Enhancing Practice: Understanding the Nursing Process Steps

Nurse.com

Understanding and using the nursing process steps is essential for individualized patient-centered care. The five key steps guide nursing care and promote better communication among healthcare team members. Some of you are fresh out of nursing school, while others are more seasoned in your careers. Regardless of your experience, applying the nursing process is vital to providing patient-centered care.

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In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living: Making the Right Choice for Your Loved One

Comfort Home Care

As our loved ones age, many of us become caregivers, and it can be challenging to balance the care they need with all our other responsibilities. It is common for family members to consider getting additional help whether full-time or part-time. Two options are in-home care and an assisted living facility. Though each option has its merits, the right decision depends on the unique needs of your senior and your family.

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The Boomer's Lament

Today's Caregiver

Speak up when we complain about how hard it is for Mom to hear; after years at the disco, no sound is too clear. Slow down when we jog by, complaining about the man with the cane, ‘cause I think I just got a charley horse or at least a small sprain.

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Providers to Lawmakers: Hospice a ‘Huge Value to Medicare’

Hospice News

Rising regulatory scrutiny around length of stay may be having adverse impacts on health care costs and quality, hospice leaders said in a recent Congressional briefing. Fear of regulatory attention, audits or post-payment reviews related to longer stays could drive some hospice providers to discharge patients who can still benefit from their services, according to Dr.

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