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Hospices Expanding Services for the Veteran Population

Hospice News

The nation’s veterans are aging along with the rest of the U.S. population, and hospices are developing more programs and resources to address their unique needs.

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Nurse’s Side-Gig: Concierge with VIP Appointments

Daily Nurse

Ever wonder what it would be like to work at a wellness center as a nurse concierge with VIP patients?

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Full Practice Authority Gains Ground in 26 States: What This Means for Nurse Practitioners 

Minority Nurse

In the long struggle to gain full practice authority (FPA), nurse practitioners (NPs) can point to notable advances in the last few years. Now, patients in more than half of the states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories have full, direct healthcare access from NPs.

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“No matter what your story is, you are not alone”

Together for Short Lives

On 17 November it’s World Prematurity Day – a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families.

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The Ultimate Guide to Improving Caregiver Engagement & Retention

Want to learn how to retain your caregivers & improve caregiver retention X3? Get expert advice from Smartcare Software — a complete home care EMR company leading the industry in caregiver hiring and retention tools — and download The Ultimate Guide to Improve Caregiver Engagement & Retention for FREE.

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22 States Petition CMS to End COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Hospice News

Attorneys General from 22 states have petitioned the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to eliminate the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers.

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Holiday Supports

Chicago Caregiving

Supporting a loved one with cancer through the holidays. Everything that makes the holidays so special — family time, parties, gifts — can also make this time of year extra taxing for people with cancer.

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Nurse Practitioners in the Ascendant

Daily Nurse

Now more than ever, the role of the nurse practitioner is hitting new heights in terms of career opportunities, NP autonomy, and patients’ ability to access expert care provided by dedicated advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) throughout the U.S.

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Rising Interest Rates Unlikely to Slow Hospice M&A; Largest Deals May Take the Brunt

Hospice News

Rising interest rates and unlikely to deter investors or strategic buyers from acquiring hospice companies. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.75% earlier this month. The rates now range from 3.75% to 4%. The Fed will likely institute further rate hikes to combat record-high inflation.

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A Cry for Help: The Day I Helped a Caller in Crisis

Nurse.com

One spring a few years ago, I was working as the charge nurse on an inpatient psychiatric unit when I received a random call at work. It was a woman asking for help. She cried, “I want to kill myself.”. Alexis Cariaga, RN. She was crying so hard that I could barely understand her.

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4 Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

Minority Nurse

Nurses live with heightened stress and holiday stress can make things feel much worse. With patients and patient care a top priority, nurses can’t just go through the motions in their jobs without potentially catastrophic consequences.

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Nurse of the Week: U.S. Navy Veteran Gregory Jones

Daily Nurse

The commercials for the Navy said that if you joined, you could “Live the adventure,” and Gregory Jones, then 16, took note. A total of 26 years of active service took Jones around the world twice, to 30 countries on five continents. It changed his life and cemented visuals he won’t forget.

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Amedisys CEO Gerard ‘Terminated Without Cause;’ Kusserow to Return

Hospice News

Chris Gerard, CEO of Amedisys Inc. NASDAQ: AMED), is leaving the company as of today. Chairman and former CEO Paul Kusserow will return as Amedisys’ chief executive. Gerard was “terminated without cause,” according to a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

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Nurses Cope With Grief While Caring for Others

Nurse.com

Nurses have faced grief on overdrive in the last several years with the unexpected challenges brought by the pandemic. Many days, your job requires you to show up and care for others while you continue grieving for someone else. Your grief may look very different than your coworker’s down the hall.

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Some of the Many Benefits of Being an NP

Minority Nurse

Between the role’s autonomy and the hours’ flexibility, there’s never been a better time to be a Nurse Practitioner (NP). What are the advantages of becoming an NP? Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly enough space to list them all, but our sources will give you a good idea of some.

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Joy Makes Home Visit

The Bucket-List Blog

Our stories about meaningful experiences are written as they unfold. Therefore, most stories are in the present tense. Some of the patients in these stories are no longer with us. They, and their families, gave us permission to share their experience with you.

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Comfort Care Homes Build Bridges to Hospice for Underserved Patients

Hospice News

For terminally ill patients who lack secure housing or loved ones to care for them, hospice is typically not an option. Organizations called comfort care homes have been working to fill this gap.

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Mirror Image: How Well Does Your Website Reflect Your Brand?

Home Care Pulse

Article Contents: – Introduction. – Make Sure Your Site Has Visual Appeal. – Pay Attention to Your Navigation. – Choose Content to Improve Your Conversion Rate. – Make Sure You’re Reflecting Your Brand Throughout Your Website. Article Contents: 1.

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Risks Facing Nurse Practitioners Today

Minority Nurse

Nurse practitioners (NPs) have a great deal of responsibility regarding patient care, and as the healthcare landscape evolves, so do the daily risks NPs face. Despite compassionate work and service to the community, one lawsuit can affect your professional reputation.

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Toasted Almond Biscotti: Festive Holiday Treat for Nurses

Daily Nurse

It’s almost time to celebrate the holidays, so here’s a delicious recipe for Toasted Almond Biscotti shared by Lourdes Maria R. Casao, Ph.D., RN, FNP, NPD-BC, the Director of the Education Department at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Hospices Face ‘Astronomical’ Costs to Attract and Keep Staff

Hospice News

Hospices are allocating more financial and operational resources on staffing initiatives than ever before to remain afloat and grow. Recruitment and retention have been top of mind for hospice providers amid ongoing workforce shortages that have only worsened with the pandemic.

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Studying the Connections in Carbs, Casseroles and Grief

Solace

“Food evokes memories, and it reminds us where we come from. Food is a sensory experience that helps create community, nourish our bodies, and brings us life,” Baylor University associate professor Candi Cann writes.

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Caring for Patients With Alzheimer’s

Diversity Nursing

Alzheimer Disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, accounting for at least 2/3 of the cases of dementia in people age 65 and older.

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Pumpkin Squash Pudding: Antidote for Holiday Sweet Tooth

Daily Nurse

Holidays are all about delicious treats, and Nancy Mitchell, a registered nurse at the Assisted Living Center, shares her go-to holiday recipe for Pumpkin Squash Pudding.

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OIG Rolls Provider Relief Fund Audits for Hospices

Hospice News

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently began to probe hospices in its initial phase of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) audits.

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Assisted Living Communities: Podcast with Sheryl Zimmerman, Kenny Lam, and Ken Covinsky

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary. Assisted Living Communities (no longer preferable to call them Assisted Living Facilities, as we learned on the podcast) are…what, exactly? That’s the central question on today’s podcast.

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Why You Need to Track Recruitment Data—And Which Metrics Are the Key to Your Success

Home Care Pulse

HCP WEBINAR. Why You Need to Track Recruitment Data—And Which Metrics Are the Key to Your Success Wednesday, November 30th, 2022. Wednesday, November 30th, 2022. Wednesday, November 30th, 2022. 1:30pm EST | 60 min. 1:30pm EST | 60 min. 1:30pm EST | 60 min.

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Food Writer Finds Recipe for Healing After Tragic Loss

Solace

After recovering lawyer, food writer and pastry chef Lisa Ruland lost her husband Erik in 2014 in a tragic mountain climbing accident, she found herself trying to navigate both her grief and the loss’s impact on her relationship with food. “It It wasn’t anything I ever planned to research.

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Fallout of 2023 Home Health Payment Rule Likely to Affect Hospices

Hospice News

While home health operators brace for the impact of the meager 2023 reimbursement rates, hospices likewise must prepare for a ripple effect. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently established a 0.7% base rate payment increase for home health care in 2023.

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Alzheimer’s Care Update – Is Alzheimer’s Disease an Autoimmune Disorder?

Responsive Home Care

Pinning down a cure for Alzheimer’s has become just as complex as the tau threads long considered to be the core cause of the disease. But now, researchers may be drawing one step closer to untangling the puzzle of Alzheimer’s disease, through another train of thought.

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New Research Looks at Alzheimer’s as a Possible Autoimmune Disorder

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

Learn why researchers are now looking into whether or not Alzheimer’s is an autoimmune disorder. Discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s has grown to be as tangled as the tau threads long thought to be the core cause of the disease.

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AARP: 10 Early Warning Signs of Dementia You Shouldn't Ignore

Comforcare Home Care

AARP by Patrick J. Kiger, November 4, 2022. How to spot symptoms your loved one may have Alzheimer's or dementia. Here are some symptoms to watch for: Difficulty with everyday tasks. Repetition asking a question over and over. Trouble communicating in conversations. Getting lost. Personality changes. Confusion about time and place. Misplacing and losing things. Troubling behavior and poor judgment. Loss of interest. Memory loss

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As Headwinds Rage, Large Hospice Companies Lay Groundwork for Potential 2023 Growth

Hospice News

Labor shortages and other headwinds have battered hospices during 2022, including large companies. Some of these providers are making near-term investments that cut into revenue but are expected to pay off in the long run.

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Have You Prepared for Your Digital Afterlife?

Solace

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Guest Post – PRR – THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD FRIENDS

Palliverse

Photo by Mark McGregor on Unsplash. We all have friends, but these relationships can be helpful or harmful for ourselves and others. They can give us strength, joy and happiness or they can cause anger, disappointment and pain – they can lead us on a positive or a negative path.

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How to Have the ‘You May Need Help’ Conversation

Today's Caregiver

When we don’t live with our elderly loved ones, it can be difficult to know how they’re really doing living independently at home. But if you see physical, emotional or cognitive signs that they’re not able to take care of themselves

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Kain Capital Forms New Hospice Holdings Company, Makes First Acquisition

Hospice News

Kansas City-based Hospice Care of America (HCA) was recently acquired by a newly formed holdings company established by the private equity firm Kain Capital LLC. Financial details of the transaction were undisclosed.

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