December, 2023

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Palliative Care Leaders Expect Continued Growth, Labor and Reimbursement Headwinds in 2024

Hospice News

The palliative care space is at an inflection point at which unprecedented awareness and demand are fueling growth that could be hampered by limited reimbursement and staffing shortages. Palliative Care News spoke with a group of industry leaders about the most impactful forces that will shape the space in the coming year. Some of the common themes include the growth potential of these services, the need to adapt to changing payment models and the persistence of headwinds like the workforce issu

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How a theater workshop helps kids and teens navigate grief

HopeHealth

With the help of two professional actors, kids and teens at Camp BraveHeart tapped into the power of theater to navigate grief. The post How a theater workshop helps kids and teens navigate grief appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Release Caregiver Frustration with Forgiveness

Sustainable Caregiving

Within our caregiving ecosystem, opportunities to forgive frequently appear. There are likely people who let us down by not showing up. Then, some may have said things that felt insensitive, maybe said or done something hurtful without any idea of the slight. There may even be some folks who were more direct with an insult … Release Caregiver Frustration with Forgiveness Read More » The post Release Caregiver Frustration with Forgiveness appeared first on Sustainable Caregiving.

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Influence of Hospital Culture on Intensity of Care: Liz Dzeng

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary One of the things I love about Liz Dzeng’s work is the way in which it draws upon, echoes, and advances our understanding of the influence of culture on the end of life experience. This field is not new. In his book The Hour of our Death Philip Aries described a long evolution in western civilization of cultural attitudes towards dying.

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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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Celebrating the Holidays with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia

Aging Life Care Association

The holidays can often be a time filled with high expectations, requiring lots of energy and engagement in non-stop activities. For the individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it can be challenging and a time of high anxiety. Festivities can agitate, confuse, and overstimulate persons living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

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Book Recommendation: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Rest

Life & Death Matters

Guest Contributor: Nadine Valk My father-in-law was an extraordinary human being: grounded, thoughtful, compassionate, and wise. So, when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and had to make a quick decision about treatment, I shouldn’t have been surprised that for Dave, it wasn’t an automatic yes. He wanted to know about the big picture […] The post Book Recommendation: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Rest appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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How do palliative social workers help people living with serious illness?

HopeHealth

Living with a serious illness can be overwhelming — mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. Without the right support, it can be hard to step back, see clearly, and choose a path forward. That’s a key benefit of palliative care. These teams include an additional layer of medical support to help you feel better and plan Read More The post How do palliative social workers help people living with serious illness?

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2024 EAPC Cicely Saunders Award Winner

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

Today we would like to announce the first of our plenary speakers for the 13th World Research Congress in Barcelona next year. Xavier Gómez-Batiste , Chair of Palliative Care at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Vic, Barcelona is the recipient of the 2024 EAPC Cicely Saunders Award. Xavier will present his award lecture ‘Enhancing the Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Palliative Care’ during the congress.

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Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model: A Podcast with Malaz Boustani and Diane Ty

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary We’ve talked a lot about comprehensive dementia care on the GeriPal podcast but while the evidence is clear that these programs work, the uptake has been limited largely because there hasn’t been a strong financial case for it. Don’t get me wrong, the evidence points to cost savings, but as Chris Callahan and Kathleen Unroe pointed out in a JAGS editorial in 2020 “in comprehensive dementia care models, savings may accrue to Medicare, but the expenses accrue to a

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Postcode lottery in NHS funding for children who need hospice care

Together for Short Lives

New research we are releasing today reveals that NHS funding for local children’s hospices in England varies by as much as £483 per child in 2022/23. We have found a huge variance in local NHS spending on lifeline care for seriously ill children, as well as a lack of understanding on the number of children […] The post Postcode lottery in NHS funding for children who need hospice care appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Hopes, Dreams and Reflections at Midwinter

Life & Death Matters

To the Life and Death Matters Community, Ted and I want to express our gratitude, care, concern and hopes as the holiday season approaches. We are a community with diverse perspectives and beliefs. Some of us celebrate the Winter Solstice, others celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and other faith-based festivals. For each, even within the same faith […] The post Hopes, Dreams and Reflections at Midwinter appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Palliative-Behavioral Health Collaborations Benefit Patients with Serious Mental Illnesses

Hospice News

Palliative care providers have opportunities to bridge gaps of unmet needs among patients who have serious mental illnesses (SMIs) and their families. People with SMIs navigate a complicated mental health care system that can become even more challenging when they have a serious or chronic physical illness. Breakdowns in a fragmented health system have frayed lines of communication and collaboration among providers, representing a big hurdle for patient access and quality.

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B.U.R.N. I.T.: Simple reminders to stop caregiver burnout

HopeHealth

Through our palliative care fellowship, a nursing student explored the causes of caregiver burnout, and how to stop it before it starts. The post B.U.R.N. I.T.: Simple reminders to stop caregiver burnout appeared first on HopeHealth.

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EAPC 2024 Congress – Registration is now OPEN!

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

We are delighted to announce that registration for #EAPC2024 is now OPEN. From 16 – 18 May 2024 we will gather in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain for the 13 th World Research Congress of the EAPC. The congress will take place in the Barcelo Sants Hotel which is above the Sants railway station and is easily accessible by public transport from the airport and the city centre.

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Redefining Alzheimer’s Disease: A Podcast with Heather Whitson, Jason Karlawish, Lon Schneider

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary There is a growing push to change how we define Alzheimer’s disease from what was historically a clinically defined syndrome to a newer biological definition based on the presence of positive amyloid biomarkers. This proposed new definition, championed by the Alzheimer’s Association (AA) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) , proposes that the disease exists when the earliest manifestation of Alzheimer’s pathophysiology can be detected (amyloid), eve

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Helping parents navigate Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Together for Short Lives

A new resource is supporting new and soon-to-parents through the complex and unique environment of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Palliative Care Information for Parents, which we’ve made together with charity Bliss, is being piloted in NICUs and children’s hospices with specialist antenatal and neonatal services across the country. The post Helping parents navigate Neonatal Intensive Care Units appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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The First Leap to Receive Approval for a Novel Approach to PTSD Treatment

Healthcare Law Insights blog

On December 12, 2023, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation (“MAPS PBC”) announced it has submitted a new drug application (“NDA”) to the FDA for the use of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“MDMA”) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”). This novel therapy utilizes the administration of MDMA, a psychoactive substance that binds to the 5HT2a portion of the serotonin receptor, in a clinical setting in conjunction with psychothe

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Creative Role Development, Organizational Culture Keys to Battling 2024’s Staffing Headwinds

Hospice News

The worst of the staffing challenges is far from over for embattled hospice providers seeking fruitful recruitment and retention strategies in 2024. Operators will continue to reckon with clinical capacity strains next year as hospices contend with rising demand from a swelling aging population, according to Nick Westfall, CEO of VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp.

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How to Buy Holiday Gifts When You’re Low on Energy

Minority Nurse

Gift-giving is a great hobby for some, but many nurses are tired and not in the mood to do holiday shopping. You might feel like you’re expected to search for the “greatest gift ever” for a Christmas gathering… even when we know the perfect gift doesn’t exist. So, what are some alternatives to buying gifts when you don’t want to? Read on to find ways to find a great gift without spending too much time and money at a store.

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Super Aging

Chicago Caregiving

With mental capabilities of people decades younger, SuperAgers are gaining attention from researchers looking at the link between lifestyle and brain health. What if, as you got older, your memory abilities stayed as they were decades ago? This is what happens for so-called SuperAgers — a term coined 15 years ago at Northwestern University. SuperAgers are adults over age 80 whose memories work at the same level as individuals 20 to 30 years younger.

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GeriPal Podcast Year in Review and Exciting News for 2024 (CME!)

GeriPal

It’s been a big year for the GeriPal podcast. We’ve published 45 podcasts in 2023 and have had a total of 400,000 downloads, plus another 40,000 views on YouTube. We’ve added a TikTok channel , and we’ve surpassed our fundraising goal of $30,000 to offset production costs for each episode (we are still accepting, though, tax-deductible donations to support future podcasts!

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Understanding Glaucoma in Seniors: Symptoms, Causes & Management

Caring Senior Service

As we age, our eyesight naturally worsens. But you can prevent or manage some age-related vision changes, helping to maintain vision and independence longer. One of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in seniors is glaucoma.

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PBS NewsHour Explores What Makes Nurses Vulnerable to Burnout

Daily Nurse

A federal study shows that nearly half of healthcare workers reported feeling burned out last year. Research suggests nurses are especially vulnerable to burnout , which can impact their care. In collaboration with the Global Health Reporting Center and with support from the Pulitzer Center, Stephanie Sy reports from Columbus, Ohio, for a PBS NewsHour series, Critical Care: The Future of Nursing.

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Contessa’s Lessons Learned on Risk-Based Palliative Care

Hospice News

As Contessa Health pioneers a growing value-based palliative care-at-home program, they’ve encountered some learning curves when it comes to operating within a new payment system. Contessa is a subsidiary of Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED), which the home health and hospice provider acquired in 2021 for $250 million. Contessa’s specialty is high-acuity care in the home, including hospital-at-home and skilled nursing facility-at-home programs.

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Hand Washing Stops Infection’s Spread

Minority Nurse

The first full week of December is traditionally the time when national Hand Washing Awareness Week is celebrated, and it seems like it always comes at a perfect time. With the country in the middle of a holiday season that is coinciding with a rise in respiratory viruses including Covid, influenza, and RSV and also an uptick in gastrointestinal outbreaks, a reminder about proper hand washing is helpful for everyone.

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The Vital Role of Teamwork and Collaboration in Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Teamwork is a fundamental aspect of the Nursing practice and is essential for providing safe and effective patient care. In healthcare, Nurses collaborate with a diverse team of professionals, including other Nurses, Physicians, Therapists, Pharmacists, and support staff. Key Aspects of Teamwork in Nursing: Communication Communication is the cornerstone of collaboration, ensuring all team members are well-informed and working towards a common goal.

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A Caregivers Christmas

Today's Caregiver

'Twas the night before Christmas, When all through the house A caregiver was scurrying, Caring for her dear spouse His stockings were placed Upon his feet with great care In hopes he felt well enough to step out for some fresh air

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Caregiver Support: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Chicago Caregiving

Families faced with caring for an aging parent or a relative with disabilities often make extreme sacrifices to ensure their loved one has the best care possible. They go the extra mile to get their relatives medical services while also taking on household upkeep and maintaining their own jobs and daily routines. Because caregivers view themselves as their loved ones’ primary advocates, they can be tempted to manage all the caretaking needs by themselves.

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Enhancing Nutrition in Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Healthy Eating for Nurses

Daily Nurse

As nurses play a pivotal role in healthcare, they must focus on their health and well-being, and maintaining a healthy diet tailored to support the specific needs of nurses is essential for sustained energy, optimal health, and enhanced performance. Here’s a comprehensive guide specifically designed to assist nurses in creating and maintaining a healthy diet regimen.

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New Jersey Passes Community-Based Palliative Care Medicaid Bill

Hospice News

A New Jersey state bill recently passed that establishes community-based palliative care benefits under Medicaid. The new legislation includes coverage for specialized medical care, emotional and spiritual support, as well as pain and symptom relief for Medicaid beneficiaries with advanced illnesses, including both adult and pediatric populations. The state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has two years to implement the changes.

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Change, Meaning, and Your Nursing Career 

Minority Nurse

There are countless reasons why some of us fall into nursing. And when we choose this particular professional journey, all types of motivations keep us in the game. For many of us, a family member who was a nurse inspired us to continue the tradition. For others, it was witnessing the nursing care of a sick or dying loved one that opened our eyes. For still others, nursing seemed like a flexible, well-paying job that could support a family, especially since nurses will always be needed (until th

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Does Personality Change with Age? | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

The question of whether personality changes with age has intrigued psychologists and researchers for decades. Personality is a complex and enduring set of characteristics that define an individual. While personality may be relatively stable throughout adulthood, we may all experience subtle shifts in personality. Discover the factors that contribute to these changes and the potential implications.

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Traditions Health of Eufaula, OK Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Eufaula, OK has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Health 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 Eufaula branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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Caregiver Support: You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Chicago Caregiving

Families faced with caring for an aging parent or a relative with disabilities often make extreme sacrifices to ensure their loved one has the best care possible. They go the extra mile to get their relatives medical services while also taking on household upkeep and maintaining their own jobs and daily routines. Because caregivers view themselves as their loved ones’ primary advocates, they can be tempted to manage all the caretaking needs by themselves.

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Girl Scouts Rally for Hackensack University Medical Center Nurses 

Daily Nurse

Three members of Girl Scout Troop 96028 from Maywood, NJ, brought smiles to the faces of countless frontline healthcare workers at Hackensack University Medical Center recently when they delivered hundreds of “Smile Goody Bags.” The scouts raised money by posting a “Have You Thanked a Nurse Today” plea on social media. With the donated money, they purchased special snacks , soothing self-care products, and an array of other surprises, which they stuffed into hundreds of special gift bags ̵

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NAHC President Bill Dombi: History Repeating Itself on Hospice Program Integrity

Hospice News

Issues of fraud in the hospice industry echo events that previously affected the home health space, and providers can learn from that prior experience. This is according to Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), who spoke Thursday in a Relias webinar. In response to emerging program integrity concerns, the U.S.

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