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A Silent Epidemic: Domestic Violence, Trauma Among Hospice Patients, Staff

Hospice News

Many seniors have experienced some form of trauma or abuse in their lifetime, which can carry impacts for those both delivering and receiving hospice care. More data has become available in recent years around the prevalence and different types of abuse and trauma on global and national scales. This is the first of a two-part series that will examine the challenges that hospice patients and employees face related to abuse and trauma experiences and how providers respond.

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Relationship Completion and the Power of a Song

Life & Death Matters

Guest Contributor – Bev Foster I have always had a strong sense that music is my close companion along the journey of life. Music continues to accompany me through various life passages giving me a deeper sense of connection and belonging, rekindling old bonds and forming new ones. Music’s ability to connect people whether it’s […] The post Relationship Completion and the Power of a Song appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Tips for Checking on Aging Loved Ones during Holidays

Aging Life Care Association

Whether you live down the block or across the country, holiday visits are a great opportunity to take a closer look at your aging loved one and their surroundings. Take time to observe any changes in an aging family member’s behaviors or lifestyle during dinners, gift exchanges, parties, etc. Changes may vary widely – from … Continue reading Tips for Checking on Aging Loved Ones during Holidays → The post Tips for Checking on Aging Loved Ones during Holidays appeared first on Aging L

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Nurse Burnout and Technology: Finding the Balance

Daily Nurse

Burnout impacts approximately 38% of nurses each year. Burnout isn’t a small issue, either. It can lead to a lack of empathy, a sense of dread as they head into work, and extra stress that could impact their physical and mental well-being. Countless factors contribute to nurse burnout, from a busy schedule to difficult patients and demanding daily tasks.

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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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Former Mercy Health CEO: U.S. Needs to Embrace ‘Death Literacy’

Hospice News

An expansion of “death literacy” is necessary to improve end-of-life care in the United States, according to Michael Connelly, former CEO of Mercy Health. This is the subject of Connelly’s recent book, The Journey’s End: An Investigation of Death & Dying in America. Connelly argues that end-of-life care has become “over-medicalized” and that more patients would choose hospice and palliative care if they had a better understanding both of those services and the alternatives.

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The Powerful Legacy of Thanksgiving Day Laughter

Life & Death Matters

Guest contributor: Rebecca V. Hoden, DNP, RN, CHPN She knew it would be her last Thanksgiving. Her family gathered with her and conversations flourished. There were stories, laughter and tears shared – all while new memories were being made. I visited the home on Thanksgiving day and was greeted by laughter. And I heard the […] The post The Powerful Legacy of Thanksgiving Day Laughter appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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10 Early Signs of Alzheimer's

Caring Senior Service

Memory loss may be part of normal aging, but it can also be a sign of something more serious. Alzheimer’s and dementia include memory loss and other symptoms, so it’s important to be aware of changes in your loved ones memory, behaviors, and abilities. While Alzheimer’s disease may be hard to detect early on, there are several things that family members and caregivers can look for to help medical professionals make an early diagnosis and improve treatment.

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital Develops Virtual Reality Hospice, Palliative Training Partnership

Hospice News

Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently partnered with the tech company Jolly Good Inc. to develop a virtual reality training program aimed at improving communication skills among serious illness and end-of-life care professionals. The ability to communicate with seriously ill patients and their families is an important part of providing quality care at various points in their health trajectories, according to Dr.

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Recharge and Reconnect: Nature’s Influence on Nurse Mental Health

Daily Nurse

A recent paper in Science Advances reveals the value of nature experience for mental health. Nurses are no strangers to long shifts and hectic work environments where the stakes can often be life or death. High stress levels can drain nurses’ energy, impede attention and critical thinking, and ultimately lead to declining patient care and outcomes.

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Building a Powerful Personal Brand 

Minority Nurse

In the 21st century, everyone has a personal brand; if they don’t, they want one or are told they need one. From TikTok stars to athletes, the brand seems to be the thing. However, many of us — nurses and healthcare professionals included — have no idea what that means for us. As a nurse, do you need a brand? Do you already have one and don’t know it?

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Special Turkey Day Wisdom

Today's Caregiver

Let the in-laws share in the cooking details, let your sister have dinner at her place, heck, even order in or go out to a restaurant. Here is a list of principals to ensure a guilt-free holiday.

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St. Croix Hospice Expands Missouri Footprint

Hospice News

St. Croix Hospice has expanded its Missouri footprint with a de novo in the Wildwood community. The new office is the company’s eighth location in Missouri. Favorable demographics are among the factors that make Missouri an attractive market for hospices. The proportion of seniors older than 65 in Missouri’s population is expected to reach 19.1% by 2025, up from 13.5% in 2000, according to the U.S.

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Five Effective Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers

Responsive Home Care

What do you wish for most this holiday season? Financial security? Good health for your loved ones? Peace on earth? What if you could relieve holiday stress for caregivers and simply enjoy the warmth and beauty of the season? What a gift that would be! Caregiving can be overwhelming any time of the year, but […] The post Five Effective Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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Transitioning Alzheimer’s Patients to Hospice

AT Home Care & Hospice

Making the Transition to Hospice with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive diseases that eventually lead to end of life for those suffering. When your loved one reaches more challenging stages of dementia, hospice care is extremely valuable. Hospice is a specialized type of care that The post Transitioning Alzheimer’s Patients to Hospice appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Gratitude in Scrubs: Nurse's Heartfelt Thanks

Diversity Nursing

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, where long hours, demanding schedules, and challenging situations are the norm, it's essential to take a moment to reflect on the things that make the Nursing profession uniquely rewarding. Let's delve into the aspects of the field Nurses are thankful for. Support Systems Nurses hold deep gratitude for the unwavering support and love they receive from their families and friends.

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Untangling the Hospice GIP Conundrum

Hospice News

With heightened regulatory scrutiny and dropping utilization, hospices are walking a tightrope when it comes to providing the General Inpatient (GIP) level of care. Though hospices are required to offer all four levels of care, more than half did not provide a single day of GIP during 2022, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Michael Allen Serves His Country in a Different Uniform

Daily Nurse

Michael Allen is a registered nurse case manager at BAYADA Hospice, Salisbury, North Carolina. After serving six years in the United States Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate , a profoundly personal experience led him to his second calling – hospice care. After his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and placed under hospice care, Allen witnessed the immense difference that hospice professionals can make during these challenging times.

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Transitioning Alzheimer’s Patients to Hospice

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Making the Transition to Hospice with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive diseases that eventually lead to end of life for those suffering. When your loved one reaches more challenging stages of dementia, hospice care is extremely valuable. Hospice is a specialized type of care that The post Transitioning Alzheimer’s Patients to Hospice appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Help for the Holidays: Holiday Stress Relief for Caregivers

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

We can help provide holiday stress relief for caregivers! What do you wish for most this year? Peace on earth? Good health for your family members? Financial security? What about holiday stress relief for caregivers? Caregiving doesn’t take a day off, but the stress caregivers can experience during the holidays is like no other time of year. There are ways, however, to alleviate holiday stress and truly take pleasure in the beauty, warmth, and love of the season.

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Building Mental Health Supports for Palliative Care Teams

Hospice News

Palliative care organizations that integrate employee feedback into their staff development policies have a fighting chance in battling ongoing burnout and turnover in the field. The palliative care workforce is facing a wide range of challenges that impact their ability to thrive in the field. Providing serious illness care can be emotionally and mentally taxing on interdisciplinary teams.

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Nurse Advocates to Follow on Social Media

Daily Nurse

Social media is everywhere now, but more often than not, we find ourselves trapped in reading negative news stories or following toxic accounts that make us feel frustrated about ourselves or the world around us. It’s hard to unplug from social media, so why not follow nurses posting about their nursing journey? Here are nurses’ social media accounts about humor, nursing, and mental health; you might find someone you can relate to or laugh with.

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The Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity

Together for Short Lives

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement missed a vital opportunity to ensure seriously ill children and their families can access the lifeline palliative care they need, says Together for Short Lives. The statement includes some welcome news, including a Rare Diseases Launchpad, a government-supported pilot to generate evidence for new individualised therapeutics in the […] The post The Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Kindness: The Ultimate Gift

Elaine Mansfield

An elderly man stood inside the door of the library. He took a wobbly step toward me, nodded, smiled, and said something in a raspy voice I couldn’t hear. He’d been tall once, but was stooped, rounded, and frail with wispy white hair and loose khaki pants bunched at the waist. His hands were large, knuckled and scarred. A farmer’s hands. His pale blue eyes were kind, and something else.

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Warning signs of malnutrition in seniors—and how caregivers can help

Living Assistance Services

When you hear a word like ‘malnutrition,’ you may associate it with serious illness, a lack of resources or even neglect. However, it’s.

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Heartwarming Holiday Gifts Nurses Will Love

Daily Nurse

Many nurses are graduating around the holiday season, which means there can be a lot of crossover for holiday gifts for nurses and graduation gifts for nurses as well. Many people need help deciding what the perfect gift for someone can be. Luckily, at Daily Nurse , we’ve listed some of our favorite nurse-approved presents for our ultimate gift guide.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Partial non-rebreather masks have a reservoir to increase the amount of O2 available, requiring less outside air to be entrained. Non-rebreathing masks are similar to partial rebreathing masks but have a series of one-way valves.

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8 Gifts to Show Appreciation for Nurses This Holiday Season: A Comprehensive Gift Guide

Minority Nurse

If you’re looking for the perfect way to show appreciation, consider these thoughtful gift ideas tailored for nurses. At Minority Nurse , we’re always finding ways to show nurses appreciation, so we’ve curated this gift guide to help spread nurse appreciation this holiday season. From practical ideas to self-care essentials, this comprehensive gift guide will help you find the ideal present for the nurse in your life.

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Can Nurses Document Medical Diagnoses in Patients’ Charts?

Nurse.com

A registered nurse (RN) says she works at a clinic where nurses attend to patients with common symptoms such as coughs, minor cuts or abrasions, and sore throats. The nurse is authorized to provide patients with some guidance and recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medications. A physician signs off on patients’ visits and completes the documentation in the electronic medical records (EMR).

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Breaking the silence on Sexuality in Hospice Care

Hospice Chaplaincy

Anne Katz, RN, PHD Dr. Anne Katz is an award winning author, certified sexuality counselor and clinical nurse specialist in Manitoba, Canada. In the final stages of life, sexuality is often regarded as not important by health care providers.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Nasal cannulas are generally set to 2 to 4 L/min, which provides approximately 30% to 35% FiO2. Although it may seem intuitive, patients using a nasal cannula should be reminded that they should not smoke while oxygen is being delivered.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Shelise Valentine

Minority Nurse

Shelise Valentine, RNC, MSN, C-EFM, CPPS, CPHRM, is the Director of Clinical Education, Healthcare Risk Advisors, part of TDC Group and chairs nursing, co-chairs obstetric and simulation initiatives, and directs risk management and obstetric education for insured hospital clients to improve patient safety and reduce malpractice risk. Valentine lectures about patient safety, obstetrical safety, and risk management initiatives.

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New EAPC Publication: Consensus definition of advance care planning in dementia: A 33-country Delphi study

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

The EAPC Task Force on Advance Care Planning and Dementia have recently had their paper published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. It is open access and available to read at: [link] The post New EAPC Publication: Consensus definition of advance care planning in dementia: A 33-country Delphi study appeared first on EAPC.

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5 Tips for Throwing a Birthday Party for an Elder Parent

Caregiver Support Services

When the time comes to celebrate the birthday of an elder parent, the occasion calls for a thoughtful and well-planned celebration. A birthday party that caters to their comfort and preferences will make the event memorable and enjoyable. If you have moved back home to care for your elder parent, you may find party planning to be a welcome distraction and a loving tribute to their role in your life.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals The FiO2 delivered by nasal cannulas is determined by many factors, including the respiratory rate, tidal volume, pharyngeal geometry and O2 flow. Most importantly, at a constant O2 flow rate, FiO2 varies inversely with the respiratory rate.

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Vanderbilt Nursing Professor Receives $3.6M to Study Telemedicine and Post-intensive Care Syndrome Recovery

Minority Nurse

Vanderbilt School of Nursing Assistant Professor Leanne Boehm , PhD, RN, FCCM, received an R01 grant of more than $3.6 million over five years to examine, with her collaborators, the efficacy of telemedicine services among people recovering from post-intensive care syndrome. This effort, funded by the National Institute on Aging, is the first PICS longitudinal cognitive impairment intervention study.

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When the Payor is Also the Decisionmaker in ERISA Benefits Lawsuits Under 29 U.S.C. § 1132(a)(1)(B)

Healthcare Law Insights blog

When the same health plan administrator both administers a benefit plan and pays the benefits due under the plan, it is considered by courts to have a structural conflict of interest. That conflict of interest is not problematic on its own – it is perfectly legal, and it is not a breach of fiduciary duty. However, when a plan member files a lawsuit challenging the administrator’s denial of the member’s benefits, a court can consider the conflict of interest as a factor in whether the administr

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