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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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HAP Foundation, NORC: Structural Racism Impedes Access to Hospice, Palliative Care

Hospice News

Black Americans are frequently denied access to hospice and palliative care due to structural racism, and many of those communities lack sufficient information to make end-of-life care decisions, new research has found. The HAP Foundation and NORC at the University of Chicago recently published the results of a joint research project designed to gain better understanding of the knowledge, attitudes and experiences of Black Americans around serious illness care in Chicago.

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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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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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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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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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‘Upgrading’ the Medicare Hospice Benefit

Hospice News

The Medicare Hospice Benefit could use an “upgrade” to ensure greater flexibility that may be necessary to fully support patients’ needs. This is according to a recent editorial in Health Affairs by Cara L. Wallace, the Dorothy A. Votsmier Endowed Chair and a professor in the Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University, and Stephanie P. Wladkowski, the Larry and Patty Benz Professor and an associate professor of social work at Bowling Green State University.

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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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Creating a Disaster Simulation for Nursing Students

AJN Off the Charts

A nursing student treats a volunteer acting as a disaster victim during a high-fidelity simulation at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center. Photo courtesy of the authors. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the United States “there were 28 weather and climate disasters in 2023 , surpassing the previous record of 22 in 2020.

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2025 Proposed Rule Seeks to Clarify Physician Certification of Hospice Patients

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed 2025 hospice rule contains clarifications on which physicians may certify patients for hospice enrollment. According to language in the proposal, designated physician members of the hospice interdisciplinary team may certify patients for hospice if the medical director is unavailable.

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Mount Sinai South Nassau Nurse Eileen Mahler Honored for Illustrious 45-Year Nursing Career

Daily Nurse

Eileen Mahler, PhD, RNC-OB, NE-BC, a resident of Oceanside, NY, was honored for her 45 years of service as a nurse at Mount Sinai South Nassau with a surprise retirement celebration. Hundreds of hospital staff attended the event, and Mahler was given a chauffeured ride home in a BMW convertible escorted by the Oceanside Fire Department Fire Engine. Daily Nurse has named Eileen Mahler Nurse of the Week for her illustrious 45-year nursing career and lifetime dedication to the nursing profession

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Sharing Etiquette Wisdom (Redux)

Today's Caregiver

Last month, I wrote the article, The Caregiver Curmudgeon: Physicians Etiquette Edition about the challenges we face ensuring the healthcare system treats our loved ones with the respect they deserve.

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Rethinking the Dementia Diagnosis Conversation

Responsive Home Care

A dementia diagnosis is never easy. It is the start of a difficult rollercoaster of emotions, all of which are heightened if the diagnosis is given starkly, without compassion or empathy. There are steps doctors can (and should) take when delivering a dementia diagnosis to ease the initial impact, empowering and equipping the individual and […] The post Rethinking the Dementia Diagnosis Conversation appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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HopeHealth’s Expanding Scope of Pediatric Hospice, Palliative Services

Hospice News

HopeHealth has been growing its pediatric hospice and supportive care service lines in recent years to address a range of unmet needs among seriously ill children and their families. The nonprofit health system serves Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. HopeHealth provides home care, hospice, palliative and dementia care, as well as caregiver and grief support services.

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First Spring Butterfly

Elaine Mansfield

On a rare sunny April afternoon, I sit on a round stone near Vic’s cairn and watch the nearby stream. The forest floor is brown with last fall’s leaves. I notice a flash of orange. A butterfly rests on a leaf in the middle of the path, opening and closing its wings while I fumble for my camera. It has deep curving indentations on the outer wings with a wingspan of two inches, about half the size of a Monarch but, from a distance, it has a similar intense orange.

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Lessons from nurses, reflections from the past

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

How fascinating was the solar eclipse this week? I am still in awe of the posts, shares and stories I hear about how the skilled nursing facilities embraced the day and found ways to allow those residing in their communities to experience this event. Regardless of age, physical ability or cognitive status, we all came together to provide a positive united event for our patients.

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Traditions Health of Joplin, MO Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Joplin, MO 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 Joplin home health branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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CMS May Be Mulling Changes to the Hospice Benefit

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2025 proposed hospice rule contained requests for information (RFIs) that could signal changes in the agency’s thinking on key issues. Through RFIs, CMS tries to take the pulse of providers’ positions on certain questions that could impact the Medicare Hospice Benefit. In its 2025 proposal , one key RFI includes queries on higher-acuity palliative services like dialysis, transfusions, radiation or chemotherapy, among others.

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Time for some adventures

Together for Short Lives

If you haven’t already read it, check out Helena’s first blog where she announced her upcoming Churchill Fellowship. In this second blog instalment, she travels to Canada to start her fellowship, and spends a sunny weekend enjoying some sights before the real work begins… On 28 March I packed my bags and headed off to […] The post Time for some adventures appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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How homecare can improve your aging loved one’s quality of life

Living Assistance Services

When families begin to think about homecare, it’s often because they have concerns about the safety of an aging loved one who lives alone.

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Integrating Holistic Approaches in Minority Nursing Practices

Minority Nurse

According to the AACA , in 2022, 80% of nurses in the United States were white/caucasian. With nurse burnout already a problem nationwide, being a minority in the industry can create even more unique challenges. That includes things like racism from patients or co-workers, discrimination, and even economic hurdles depending on your background and where you grew up.

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Angela Hospice’s New Inpatient Facility; Hosparus Opens PACE Center

Hospice News

Angela Hospice’s New Senior Living Inpatient Facility Michigan-based Angela Hospice recently unveiled plans to open a new inpatient center at a senior living facility. Set to open this summer, the hospice facility will feature 15 patient beds at Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, Michigan. Expanding hospice care in the senior community will allow for improved support and care collaboration, according to Angela Hospice President and CEO Marti Coplai.

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Launching a £1 million partnership with Peninsula Group: Supporting children’s hospices across the UK

Together for Short Lives

We are pleased to announce today the launch of a £1million charity partnership with Peninsula Group, to help support families like Lorna’s across the UK. “What our children’s hospice gave us as a family is memories that will last a lifetime, without them we would have been in a horrifically dark place”. Lorna and her […] The post Launching a £1 million partnership with Peninsula Group: Supporting children’s hospices across the UK appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Supporting Your Patients Throughout Their Cancer Journey

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Supporting Your Patients Throughout Their Cancer Journey: Home Health Makes a Difference This National Cancer Control Month, empower your patients with comprehensive care at home. As an Oncologist, you understand the unique needs of patients facing a cancer diagnosis. Home Health services can be a valuable extension of your practice, providing a seamless continuum of The post Supporting Your Patients Throughout Their Cancer Journey appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Palace of Care – Mystery to Solve

Palliverse

Photo by Hansjörg Keller on Unsplash I was in my office and I heard the sound of people crying including children. I wasn’t sure which direction it came from, was it in front of me or behind me? The young mother or the older mother? Or was it the grandmother? Three ladies who were all dying in our hospice, had all outlived their prognoses. Prognostication is our best attempt at an educated guess, we are often wrong.

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The Emergence of Contemplative Medicine in Palliative Care

Hospice News

Interest in contemplative medicine may be rising in the palliative and end-of-life care communities as more practitioners realize the potential benefits for clinicians and patients. The concept of contemplative medicine is rooted in the use of mindfulness, meditation and other practices designed to reduce clinician stress and help them embrace care for the whole patient — mind, body and spirit —which is also an integral aspect of palliative care.

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Airport Assistance Programs for Seniors: Know Your Options

Caregiver Support Services

Traveling through airports can be stressful for anyone, but especially for seniors who may have mobility, medical, or other needs. Fortunately, many airports have special assistance programs in place specifically for older travelers. Being aware of these programs and planning is key to ensuring a smooth airport experience. Check With Your Airline First Before heading to the airport, seniors should always inform their airline of any assistance they may require during their travel.

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My Churchill Fellowship begins

Together for Short Lives

Just before Easter Helena Dunbar, Director of Service Development and Improvement at Together for Short Lives, travelled to Canada to undertake the fist leg of her Churchill Fellowship. If you haven’t already read it, and would like to follow her, check out Helena’s other blogs here and here. In this third blog instalment, Helena shares […] The post My Churchill Fellowship begins appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Supporting Your Patients Throughout Their Cancer Journey

AT Home Care & Hospice

Supporting Your Patients Throughout Their Cancer Journey: Home Health Makes a Difference This National Cancer Control Month, empower your patients with comprehensive care at home. As an Oncologist, you understand the unique needs of patients facing a cancer diagnosis. Home Health services can be a valuable extension of your practice, providing a seamless continuum of The post Supporting Your Patients Throughout Their Cancer Journey appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Palliative Care, Health Equity Growing in Medicare Advantage

Hospice News

Reimbursement for community-based palliative care is gaining ground in the Medicare Advantage realm. Palliative care is among the wide range of supplemental benefits that exist within the Medicare Advantage payment landscape. The diverse social, emotional and physical support services involved in community-based palliative care have made it an increasingly appealing area for MA plans when it comes to supporting a growing seriously ill aging population, according to Marian Grant, senior regulator

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Where’s Your Nursing Magic? 

Daily Nurse

How did you feel when you graduated from nursing school, and what were you planning for your exciting new career? What were you thinking? Was there fear and trepidation or excitement and anticipation? It was a mixture of all of the above. For some new nurses, this can be a magical time, but only sometimes, and sometimes the magic never happens. Where’s your nursing magic these days?

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You’ve Been Sued for Malpractice: What You Need to Know

Caregiver Support Services

Unfortunately, part of the job as a caregiver or general healthcare provider is dealing with malpractice claims. Many providers will eventually experience this, and while it can be frightening, it’s not the end of the world or your career. If you’ve been sued for malpractice , we’ll explain what you need to do and what you need to know. The Basics of the Complaint If you receive the legal complaint in person or via a mailed letter, you should read it carefully and thoroughly to understand it.

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Palace of Care – Guidance

Palliverse

Photo by Thijs Schouten on Unsplash “This will be a challenge,” was my first impression when I first met the son. His eyes were on the brim of tears, his gritted teeth, I could see he was having a hard time. Our staff had told me that our patient, the mother, had deteriorated steadily during her short admission. Ongoing changes over days meant at the most only days left to live.

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The Impacts of Child Abuse, Neglect in Pediatric Palliative Care

Hospice News

Seriously ill children may be at increased risk of experiencing abuse and neglect, an issue challenging palliative care providers’ ability to deliver trauma-informed care among pediatric populations. Children with chronic conditions and disabilities experience neglect and abuse at a higher rate than others, according to research published in the pediatric journal Child: Care, Health and Development.

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Safety Considerations for Parkinson's Disease

Caring Senior Service

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, balance, and coordination. Seniors with Parkinson's face unique challenges in maintaining their safety and well-being. Families should address these specific safety considerations tailored to their loved one's needs. Explore various aspects of safety for older adults living with Parkinson's disease.

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What To Know Before Hiring In-Home Nursing Services

Caregiver Support Services

Hiring an in-home nurse can be a game-changer for family caregivers. They offer much-needed professional care for their loved ones. You can ensure a smooth transition to this invaluable support system by carefully assessing their needs, researching services, and having a thoughtful discussion about this change. Here’s what to know before hiring in-home nursing services.

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Palace of Care – Gasp

Palliverse

Photo by Agnieszka Stankiewicz on Unsplash I received the news by email that a brave young lady had died overnight. Before opening the email I knew what it meant. Opening the missive confirmed the bad news. I still gasped a jagged breath in when I read the words. Even after 16 years of full-time palliative care some cases affect me more than others.