April, 2024

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Hospices, Community Groups Team Up to Provide Care to the Homeless

Hospice News

A group of Wisconsin-based organizations, including hospices, are working to improve end-of-life care among homeless populations. A recent grant from local government agencies is helping to fuel these efforts. Solace Friends Inc. is among the organizations to receive $100,000 in grant funding that helped launch an adult family center. Dubbed Solace Home, the four-bed residential facility opened today and will provide end-of-life housing and caregiving for terminally ill individuals living in uns

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When caregivers lose patience: how not to feel like a loser!

Caregiver Warrior

All caregivers lose patience. How we treat ourselves when patience wears thin defines how quickly we can find it again. The post When caregivers lose patience: how not to feel like a loser! appeared first on Caregiver Warrior.

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The Promise and Pitfalls of AI in Medicine: Guest Bob Wachter

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Eric asks the question that is on many of our minds – is the future of AI more Skynet from Terminator, in which AI takes over the world and drives humanity to the brink of extinction, or Wall-E, in which a benevolent and empathetic AI restores our humanity? Our guest today is Bob Wachter, Chair of Medicine at UCSF and author of the Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age.

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Daughter, friend, “caregiver to the caregiver”: The path & passion of a hospice volunteer

HopeHealth

Joan’s mother, father and dear friend passed away on HopeHealth’s care. With each experience, she discovered another aspect of hospice — and another way she wanted to pay it forward. The post Daughter, friend, “caregiver to the caregiver”: The path & passion of a hospice volunteer appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

Explore essential topics in this ebook, including what constitutes PHI and how to identify it using 18 indicators. Gain insights into the importance of safeguarding PHI to protect patient privacy and learn about the severe consequences of HIPAA violations. Discover practical strategies for securely exchanging PHI within your healthcare organization, including assessing risks and implementing effective safeguards.

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Navigating the Grey Liminal Spaces

Life & Death Matters

Written by Mahoganie Hines Have you ever had a challenging patient, or perhaps even a family member who you could not seem to see eye to eye with? Have you ever had to implement a policy you did not agree with or felt that it wasn’t true to what you felt you should be doing? […] The post Navigating the Grey Liminal Spaces appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Announcing the 2024 EAPC Researcher Award Winners!

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

The EAPC Researcher Awards have been established to acknowledge those individuals who have made significant contributions to research and clinical practice in palliative care. There are three award categories: Early Researcher Award – Awarded to a candidate who demonstrates excellence in the early stages of a research career. Post Doctoral Award – Awarded to a candidate who has performed independent research and has demonstrated evidence of impact through high quality, highly cited publications

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Caregivers on the Bench

Caregiver Warrior

I would have been lost without my caregiver teammates waiting on the end of my bench. The post Caregivers on the Bench appeared first on Caregiver Warrior.

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Palliative Care Nursing: Podcast with Betty Ferrell about ELNEC

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary As Betty Ferrell says on our podcast today, nurses play an essential role in care of people with serious illness. Who spends the most time with the patient in the infusion center? Doing home care? Hospice visits? In the ICU at the bedside? Nurses. ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) celebrates it’s 25th anniversary in 2025.

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“This is your day”: A hospice patient’s golf dream comes true

HopeHealth

His whole life, Jack dreamed of playing the golf course at Rhode Island Country Club. Thanks to a hospice volunteer, he finally did. The post “This is your day”: A hospice patient’s golf dream comes true appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Integrating an Interdisciplinary Palliative Approach to Care

Life & Death Matters

Compiled by Misha Butot MSW, RCSW for Life and Death Matters webinar April 23, 2024 Reflections from Misha Butot, in preparation for Webinar April 23 2024 Please download the PDF or enjoy in this format. Palliative care specialists improve quality of life for the patients whose needs are most complex. Working in partnership with the […] The post Integrating an Interdisciplinary Palliative Approach to Care appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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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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The Future of Palliative Care: The AAHPM Next Gen Scholars for Equity in HPM Program

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

The AAHPM Next Gen Scholars for Equity in Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program is a fantastic opportunity for early-career individuals who are passionate about advancing hospice and palliative medicine. It is specifically designed for those who are historically marginalized and underrepresented in the field and want to make a difference. The program offers a transformative experience that focuses on leadership development, innovation, and deepening understanding in hospice and palliative care

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Growing Neuropalliative Care: Overcoming Barriers to Scale

Hospice News

The emerging specialty of neuropalliative care faces several obstacles to scaling and reaching more patients. A huge need exists for neuropalliative care, Dr. Claire J. Creutzfeldt at the Harborview Medical Center’s Department of Neurology told Palliative Care News. Neurological illnesses result in a change in not only physical health, but also mental health as social roles shift.

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Meet Temitope Oseromi: The Stabilizing Nursing Leader at GBMC Healthcare

Daily Nurse

Temitope (Temi) Oseromi, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, became the nurse manager of GBMC Healthcare’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) in early 2022. She’s the only nurse manager overseeing two units, but Oseromi was also tasked with rebuilding a decimated MICU. During the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline medical staff were hit the hardest in terms of stress, uncertainty, and burnout, especially those nurses working in Intensive Care Units.

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Ambivalence in Decision-Making: A Podcast with Joshua Briscoe, Bryanna Moore, Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby & Olubukunola Dwyer

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Ambivalence is a tough concept when it comes to decision-making. On the one hand, when people have ambivalence but haven’t explored why they are ambivalent, they are prone to bad, value-incongruent decisions. On the other hand, acknowledging and exploring ambivalence may lead to better, more ethical, and less biased decisions.

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The Essential Guide to HIPAA-Compliant Messaging for Home Care Teams

Explore the risks posed by non-compliant consumer apps like Instagram and WhatsApp in healthcare settings. Learn about potential HIPAA penalties and use a self-evaluation flowchart to determine your organization's need for HIPAA-compliant messaging. Discover straightforward steps to implement secure communication solutions efficiently, ensuring compliance and protecting patient data effectively.

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Plan ahead for healthcare decisions: Free tips & resources for families

HopeHealth

No matter what stage of life you’re in, set aside time now for key health decisions. It’s a gift to your family, and yourself. The post Plan ahead for healthcare decisions: Free tips & resources for families appeared first on HopeHealth.

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My Journey to Making an ACP Day Event

Life & Death Matters

About Me My Idea An idea has been percolating in my head for a year or so now – to host an Advance Care Planning (ACP) Day, where I invite my family, friends, and local community to work on creating their own Advance Care Plan. “Why?” I hear you ask. “You’re so young!” That is […] The post My Journey to Making an ACP Day Event appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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A Camp Nurse Volunteer Shares the Joy

Minority Nurse

Dorma Liz Davila (Lizzy) RN, BSN, CPN, EMT never expected a quick volunteer weekend as a camp nurse to provide a transformative experience, but it did. And now she wants other nurses to know how helping kids at Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp can breathe new life into their nursing careers. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is an organization that provides what the organization calls “a different kind of healing” to thousands of seriously ill children and family mem

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Dana-Farber’s New Push to Integrate Palliative, Behavioral Services in Cancer Care

Hospice News

Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched the Neuro-Inclusive Oncology Care and Empowerment Program, a psychosocial oncology initiative focused on adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). The new program , developed by the Institute’s Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Department, serves oncology patients who have IDD, such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and fragile X syndrome. “The Neuro-Inclusive Oncology

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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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Parkinson’s Disease Self-Care

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Living with Parkinson’s disease presents unique challenges, but there are ways one can ease symptoms, preserve health, and enhance quality of life. While medical treatment is essential, integrating self-care strategies into daily routines can offer a sense of empowerment and control. Here, we explore comprehensive self-care approaches that encompass maintaining quality sleep, staying active, and ensuring a nutritious diet, supported by insights from Freedom Home Care.

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Surrogate Decision Making: Bernie Lo and Laurie Dornbrand

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary In 1983, a 25 year old Nancy Cruzan was thrown from her car while driving home in Missouri, landing in a water filled ditch. She was resuscitated by EMS, but did not regain higher brain function, and was eventually diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. In 1988, Cruzan’s parents requested that her feeding tube be removed, arguing that she would not want to continue in this state.

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From Dream to Reality: Jolene Scatton’s Journey to a Fulfilling Nursing Career

Daily Nurse

Jolene Scatton, RN, Director of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton always dreamed of becoming a nurse. “The biggest joy of my career is connecting with patients. You’re like their guardian angel and their safe place,” says Scatton. “On weekends, holidays, birthdays, even during snowstorms – there are always people in the hospital who need you.

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Tax Preparation Tips For Seniors | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Tax season can be a daunting time for seniors and family caregivers. But with the right information and resources, the process can be smoother than expected. In this guide, we've compiled tips and strategies to help seniors navigate the tax preparation process with ease.

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The Secret to Supercharging Your Organizations Communications

Effective collaboration among all care team members is critical to delivering better patient outcomes. A key element to achieving effective collaboration is through the implementation of a clinical communication and collaboration platform. In a fast-paced, high-stress and critical environment, people tend to do whatever gets the job done. Therefore will scramble and use the systems, people, or processes around them to get an outcome more quickly - which can often be at the expense of quality.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Kendra Coles

Minority Nurse

Kendra Coles, DNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM, NEA-BC, is a seasoned nursing leader with over 20 years of experience in the field. For 17 years, she has been dedicated to women’s services and has a wealth of knowledge in managing inpatient and outpatient obstetric care. She also has a knack for communication and team empowerment. Coles is known for optimizing performance and outcomes for obstetric and neonatal populations , achieved through fostering collaboration and building multidisciplinary teams.

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How Death Doulas Can Help Hospices Improve Health Equity

Hospice News

End-of-life doulas can help hospices’ efforts to improve health equity in hard to reach settings while also improving quality in the last days of life. The quantity and quality of patient visits during the last days of life is an important quality measure for hospice providers. Having doulas at the bedside during the last days of life has positively affected hospice quality outcomes, including those among underserved populations, according to Diane Sancilio, director of counseling and support at

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Meet Our Director of Business Development: Laura Bogira

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Welcome Laura Bogira to Our Team at Freedom Home Care! We at Freedom Home Care are excited to announce a new addition to our wonderful team as Director of Business Development. Please join us in welcoming Laura Bogira, a seasoned RN/BSN with over 18 years of rich experience in the healthcare industry. Laura has a broad background ranging from working in hospital employee health and workers’ compensation programs to serving as a nurse liaison for home infusion and home health care companies

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Why Nurses Need an Elevator Speech

Donna Cardillo, The Inspiration Nurse

How many times have you been out in public when someone asks you what you do and you respond, “I’m a nurse.” Bland. Generic. Nondescript. That type of response promotes the false notion that all nurses are alike, do the same thing, and are basically interchangeable. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Case […] The post Why Nurses Need an Elevator Speech first appeared on Donna Cardillo, RN.

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Proper Prescribing: Guidelines for New Nurses

Daily Nurse

As a new nurse setting off on your professional path, handling medications might feel overwhelming. Nonetheless, armed with the correct understanding, abilities, and commitment to recognized standards, you can boldly maneuver through this vital component of patient attention. This article will provide critical insights and techniques for secure and efficient medication handling.

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Celebrating Diversity Month

Diversity Nursing

April is Diversity Month and serves as a vital opportunity to amplify awareness surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, offering a space for meaningful conversations and mutual understanding among Diverse groups. Promoting Unity and Belonging can also help boost recruitment and retention. In fact, a Glassdoor survey found that 76% of employees and job seekers report that a Diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating job offers.

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WOC Nurses Week Highlights Specialty

Minority Nurse

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week runs from April 14-20 and brings attention to this nursing specialty and the expertise WOC nurses bring to patient care. As a member of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) for 31 years and now its president, Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC-CWOCN, says the field is exciting and ever changing.

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Assessing Caregiver Burnout for Hospice, Palliative Patients

Hospice News

Given the significance of family caregivers in hospice care, providers can benefit from having tools to assess whether or not they are experiencing burnout. Burnout is a state of complete mental, physical and emotional exhaustion. Symptoms of burnout can include depression, compassion fatigue, stress and anxiety, and apathy, both in general life and towards work tasks, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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The Question of Questions

Today's Caregiver

During the Q&A sessions at the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, I always ask the attendees to hold the driving questions to the last half hour, since it generally swamps all other concerns.

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Unveiling the Integrated Community Care Network

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This weeks’ blog is written by Helen Lord ( H.Lord@bolton.ac.uk ), Joey Weber, Joanne Smith, Katie, Bannister, Phil Downing and Hayley Carr from the University of Bolton #BoltonUni The surge in complex health and social care challenges has brought to light inefficiencies within existing systems, as noted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2013 1.

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