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Hospice Providers Increasingly Using Bereavement Support as Employee-Retention Lever

Hospice News

Hospices competing for sparse staffing resources are increasingly recognizing the retention value of including grief care support in their benefits packages. Having bereavement services built into employee benefits packages has a two-pronged impact on hospice worker retention and recruitment, according to Betterleave CEO Cara McCarty Abbott. Employees that have access to grief support services are more likely to remain at a hospice organization for longer periods of time, as well as refer their

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Unravelling the Risk Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease

Life & Death Matters

World Alzheimer’s Month occurs in September – and is a month when people around the world unite to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and leads to cognitive decline and memory loss[1]. The number of people living with dementia will likely triple by the year 2050!

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Black/African American Caregivers of Older Adults Living with Dementia: Fayron Epps and Karen Moss

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary The proportion of people living with dementia who identify as Black/African Americans is on the rise , and so too are the proportion of caregivers who identify as Black/African American. As our guests talk about today, caregiving for people living with dementia takes a tremendous toll, and when this toll is set atop the challenges of racism in all its forms, the reality of caregiving while Black can be overwhelming.

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What palliative care means for liver disease

HopeHealth

When you’re living with liver disease, extra support can make all the difference. That’s the idea behind palliative care. It’s an additional layer of care to help you navigate the unique challenges of your diagnosis. “We want to be sure that throughout the course of your illness, your symptoms are well managed and your quality Read More The post What palliative care means for liver disease 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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VNS Health Expands Hospice Education for Underserved Asian Americans

Hospice News

VNS Health has developed community education programs to boost awareness and hospice utilization among Chinese populations in New York City. Having a diverse staff, as well as outreach materials in various dialects, are two keys to developing culturally competent public education programs designed for Asian Americans, according to Teresa Lin, vice president of cultural market development at VNS Health.

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Unravelling the New Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

Life & Death Matters

Alzheimer's disease is multi factorial - in that there are many factors that increase the likelihood of developing the disease. Some risk factors cannot be changed, and some can be changed. Let's look at the risk factors for developing Alzheimer's disease so that you can make adjustments to your lifestyle that can reduce your risk. The post Unravelling the New Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Educating About Health Equity

Minority Nurse

Nursing has always held health equity as a critical value in many ways. Nurses strive to deliver the best care to all patients, independent of socioeconomic status, gender, race, or other factors. Health equity arguably gets even more attention than in the past. And that attention also occurs in nursing schools, where nurses are presented with the concept of health equity.

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How the Right Investments Can Help Hospices Reduce Turnover

Hospice News

Assessing clinician satisfaction and streamlining onboarding can pay off for hospices when it comes to staff retention. Hospices have poured dollars into retention amid widespread workforce shortages exacerbated by the pandemic. Some have expanded employee benefit packages, raised wages and revamped their scheduling and paid leave policies to improve work-life balance.

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Kimberly McClintick Enhances School Health with Nebraska School Nurse Mentor Program

Daily Nurse

Kimberly McClintick, MSN, RN, the children’s school health coordinator at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, embarked on a mission in 2018 to elevate the experience of school nurses across the state. Through surveys and conversations, she discovered a crucial need for mentors, particularly in rural communities, where school nurses often find themselves as the sole healthcare provider for an entire district.

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9 Food Safety Tips for Caregivers | Preventing Food-Borne Illness

Caring Senior Service

One important aspect of caring for a senior is ensuring their meals are not only nutritious but also safe to consume. Senior citizens are more vulnerable to food-borne illnesses because of weakened immune systems and underlying health conditions. By following proper food safety guidelines, caregivers can help prevent potential health risks and provide the best care possible.

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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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Furry Companionship: How pets can keep you healthier and happier

Community Home Health Care

As we age, the importance of companionship and emotional well-being becomes increasingly evident. For seniors, finding sources of joy, comfort, and connection is essential to leading fulfilling lives. In recent years, a heartwarming trend has emerged among seniors: the adoption of pets as furry companions. Beyond being lovable companions, it has been proven that pets play a significant role in the health and emotional wellbeing of their seniors.

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Incarcerated Seniors Lack Access to Hospice Care

Hospice News

Aging, incarcerated populations often have poor end-of-life care experiences, with a lack of trained hospice workers at the crux of the issue. The end -of-life experience looks very different for seniors in prison, with many lacking access to support around the most basic human needs, according to David Garlock, a national public speaker. He is a formerly incarcerated criminal justice reform advocate and reentry expert.

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Two Childhood Cancer Survivors Share Unbreakable Bond at Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Daily Nurse

Two women battled cancer as kids; one inspired the other to follow in her footsteps to become a nurse. Both are colleagues at Children’s Hospital New Orleans (CHNOLA). Laura Shinn, RN – Hematology/Oncology/HSCT Nurse Navigator at CHNOLA , says she went into nursing and specifically oncology because she just felt that there was this need to take the medical path.

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The Healing Power of Animals: Reducing Stress in Patients and Nursing Students

AJN Off the Charts

Nursing students are known to have high stress levels during their nursing programs. While many researchers have explored different coping mechanisms to help nursing students cope with their stress and anxiety, not many have looked at animal interventions. I am a huge fan of animal interventions after seeing their positive effects on patients (and staff) while I was working bedside in the hospital.

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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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Home Care Pulse Welcomes New CFO and CRO to Executive Leadership Team

Home Care Pulse

Article Contents: – Introduction – About Home Care Pulse Article Contents: About Home Care Pulse Share: We’re Home Care Pulse, a leading provider of experience management & surveys, caregiver/CNA training, and online reputation management. R EXBURG , ID , September 19 , 2023 – Home Care Pulse (HCP) , a leading provider of mission critical applications that support engagement and improve care for long term and post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations, is proud to announce the

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Appellate Ruling in Care Alternatives FCA Case May Set New Precedent

Hospice News

A recent court decision in a False Claims Act (FCA) case involving hospice provider Care Alternatives may set a precedent that could influence similar cases. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing a qui tam lawsuit against Care Alternatives Inc., doing business as Ascend Health, for alleged False Claims Act (FCA) violations. The case has been meanerding through federal district and appellate courts since 2008.

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Vanderbilt University’s New Center to Focus on Understanding and Addressing Health Inequalities  

Daily Nurse

Vanderbilt University’s new interdisciplinary center seeks to unravel the roots and repercussions of health-related inequalities. The Vanderbilt Center for Research on Inequality and Health , a trans-institutional collaboration between the College of Arts and Science and the School of Nursing , will bring together leading Vanderbilt researchers with deep expertise in economic and social inequality , population health science, LGBTQ+ health policy, and gun violence to explore the health impac

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10 Steps to Be Proactive About Your Brain Health

Today's Caregiver

As part of Healthy Aging Month this September, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is offering ten steps to promote healthy aging and good brain health.

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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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The Future Is Here: Using AI in Nursing Is a Growing Trend

Nurse.com

At Portneuf Regional Medical Center (PMC) in Pocatello, Idaho, nurses on the med-surg unit are receiving support through a new partnership that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with virtual nursing. Amy Hemsley, RN Amy Hemsley, MSN, RN, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at PMC, says the hospital has partnered with care.ai to implement a virtual nursing solution enabled by AI inferencing and in-room sensors.

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NPHI Calls for Revisions to Proposed Hospice SFP, Home Health Rule Provisions

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should clarify timeframes associated with a proposed informal dispute resolution process for hospice providers and retool aspects of the agency’s forthcoming Special Focus Program, according to an industry group representing nonprofits. The National Partnership for Hospice and Healthcare Innovation (NPHI) has issued public comments on CMS’ proposed home health rule for 2024.

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On National AIDS and Aging Day, A Veteran Nurse Looks Back: How Nurses Can Transform the Lives of HIV/AIDS Patients Through Empathy

Daily Nurse

Any nurse entering the field, no matter how prepared or well trained, will do their best to learn about the realities of caring for others on the job. When I started working as a nurse back in the 1970s, I had no idea that in a few years, I would find myself on the frontlines of an epidemic that would irrevocably change and touch all our lives while also changing the career trajectories for a great number of people in healthcare.

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Ways to Help Prevent a Stroke

Home With Help

Every year, almost 800,000 people in the US have a stroke. The good news is that they are likely preventable. We will explore five proactive tips that will empower you to take control of your health, reduce your risk of stroke, and pave the way for a brighter and healthier future. Understanding how you can make better choices is your first line of defense for any aspect of life.

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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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What to Expect in Dementia: The Impact on All 5 Senses

Responsive Home Care

When we think about what to expect in dementia, the first thing that typically springs to mind is the loss of memory. Cognitive decline is a hallmark effect of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but there are so many other areas of life that are impacted as well. As a matter of fact, […] The post What to Expect in Dementia: The Impact on All 5 Senses appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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5 Things to Know About New AccentCare CEO Laura Tortorella

Hospice News

AccentCare recently tapped Steward Health Care COO Laura Tortorella as its new CEO. A look at her background reveals some of the reasons Tortorella may be well-suited for the role. The Dallas-based home health and hospice provider announced on Sept. 14 that Tortorella would succeed former CEO Stephan Rodgers as he steps down. AccentCare is a portfolio company of the private equity firm Advent International. “Laura has one of the sharpest analytical and entrepreneurial mindsets in the field

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Why Telemedicine Must Play a Central Role in Solving the Nursing Staffing Shortage

Daily Nurse

The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the healthcare industry, including how health systems coped with the ongoing shortage of qualified registered nurses. Dramatic surges in patient volumes led to hospitals bringing in travel nurses at unprecedented rates, hiking the demand for contract nurses by at least 35% over pre-pandemic levels. Health systems had to take quick action to cover the gaps.

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Standing Out as a Diverse Candidate in Nursing

Diversity Nursing

In today's increasingly diverse healthcare landscape, Nurses from various backgrounds play a pivotal role in delivering culturally competent and inclusive care. As a diverse candidate entering the Nursing field, you possess a unique set of experiences and perspectives that can greatly enrich patient care and the overall Nursing community. However, standing out amidst the competition requires a strategic approach.

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Differentiating Your Business by Boosting Satisfaction: 5 Ways to Pull it Off in Post-Acute Care

Home Care Pulse

Article Contents: – Introduction – Focus on the first 100 – Pave a path to success – Earn referrals – Collect, inspect, respond – Set award-winning standards Article Contents: – Introduction – Focus on the first 100 – Pave a path to success – Earn referrals – Collect, inspect, respond – Set award-winning standards Share: We’re Home Care Pulse, a leading provider of experience management & surveys, caregiver/CNA training,

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Building a Palliative Care-Focused ACO

Hospice News

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) represent a growing opportunity for palliative care companies, and providers have a number of ways to get in on the ground floor. Along with Medicare Advantage, ACOs are one of the few avenues towards more robust reimbursement than fee-for-service models. Operators can come to ACOs by two main avenues. For one, they can become members of those organizations themselves, or they can contract with them through a preferred provider network.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE WITHOUT A WILL IN TEXAS?

Elder Care Matters

Today’s Blog is Titled: What Happens When You Die Without a Will in Texas? Death is a reality that nobody wants to face, but it’s an inevitable part of life. As much as we hate to think about it, it’s important to plan for what happens when we pass away. One of the most critical… The post WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE WITHOUT A WILL IN TEXAS?

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The Use of Lasix in Hospice

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

The Use of Lasix in Hospice Care When it comes to hospice care, our team is focused solely on providing comfort and pain-free care to hospice care patients. For both hospice patients and their families, coping with terminal illness brings about a wide array of emotional worries and concerns. In addition to emotional stress, those The post The Use of Lasix in Hospice appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Tips to help seniors deal with difficult emotions—part three

Living Assistance Services

In part one and part two of this blog series, we talked about difficult emotions—first how to control your reaction to a situation that.

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Guaranteed Taps SVP of Strategic Growth; Nurses Step Into C-Suite at Hospice of the Piedmont, Hudson Valley Hospice

Hospice News

Guaranteed’s New SVP of Growth, Strategy Tech-enabled hospice startup Guaranteed has named Ryan Malone as its new senior vice president of growth and strategy. Before joining Guaranteed, Malone served as vice president of sales and partnerships at mental health provider Thriveworks since 2021. Previously, he was head of growth at Mavencare, and served in sales manager and director roles at Hometeam from 2013 to 2016.

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