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3 Types of Caregiver Anxiety

Sustainable Caregiving

It is helpful to understand the type of caregiver anxiety we are experiencing so that we use the proper techniques to counter the effects. For example, mental anxiety can be aggravated by trying to problem-solve with thoughts. Calming our thoughts is the key to relieving anxiety, which is very challenging when thoughts are swirling, and … 3 Types of Caregiver Anxiety Read More ».

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How the U.S. Will Revamp Family Caregiver Support

Hospice News

Without family caregivers, many hospice patients would be unable to receive care in their homes. To help keep patients at home — the lowest-cost setting of care — the federal government recently unveiled a National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers, which has more than two decade’s worth of advocacy behind it. . The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the strategy late last month.

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The Case for Integrating Social Determinants Into Palliative Care

Hospice News

Individually, palliative care and social determinants programs both have the potential to improve quality of life and reduce costs — but that potential may be greater when the two are combined. Social determinants are non-medical needs that can have a significant impact on the trajectory of patients’ health, such as nutrition, transportation, social or caregiver support, and housing, among others.

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The Basics of Medical Alert Systems

Aging Life Care Association

Thinking about using a Medical Alert System / Personal Emergency Response System? ALCA Corporate Partner David Michaels shares the basics of Medical Alert Systems to help determine the best system for you or your aging loved one. What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Medical Alert System by David Michaels, Aging Life Care Association® … Continue reading The Basics of Medical Alert Systems → The post The Basics of Medical Alert Systems appeared first on Aging Life Care Association.

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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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The power of nurses to impact policy: An imperative

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

Professor Julia Downing. Chief Executive International Children’s Palliative Care Network and Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. As nurses, we are catalysts for change, and as the largest profession within the health service (1) we should have a strong voice, we are trusted bridge builders, we collaborate with others and we promote good health and well-being for all.

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Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest by Physicians Creating the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: An Epilogue

Pallimed

by Chad D. Kollas, MD, Beverly Schechtman and Carrie Judy Several important developments have occurred since the publication of our article, “ Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest by Physicians Creating the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Bad Faith or Incompetence?” in Pallimed on September 12, 2022 (1). Most notably, this includes the publication of the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain (2), which updated the guidance previously provided by the 2016 CDC Guide

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School Nurses: A ‘Hidden Health Care System’ Finds a Voice

AJN Off the Charts

A blog is born. Five years ago, I attended a blog writing workshop at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) annual conference. It was led by Margaret Cellucci, the former director of communications for NASN. The hands-on workshop was a primer on blogging and included an assignment that the participants needed to submit a blog post about their conference experience before the end of the event.

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Book Haul: Something for Every Caregiver

Happy Healthy Caregiver

In this post, you’ll find six self-care and caregiving books you may want to add to your ‘to be read’ pile. I’ve read less non-fiction this summer since I’ve been traveling with purpose (caregiver retreat, helping a grieving cousin, moving my daughter to Chicago) and traveling for fun (Amalfi Italy trip, Michigan getaway).

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To Build the Workforce, We Need More Nurse Educators

Nurse.com

The current need for nurse faculty has left nursing students, instructors, and schools stretched thin. So, now more than ever, it’s crucial to create and implement strategies to grow this vital part of the nursing profession. When Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl, FAAN, explained the need for nurse educators, her description was succinct.

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Butterflies, Dreams, and Marion Woodman

Elaine Mansfield

In late June, I receive encouraging editorial feedback about the first draft of my book about Monarch butterflies. After reading the first few pages, my belly clenches and an inner voice says, “You can’t do this. How can you write about butterflies while the world explodes with hatred and war?” My years of devotion to raising, photographing, and writing about Monarchs feel trivial.

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Lessons and Legacies From Some We Lost in 2022

Solace

As we say goodbye to 2022, we do so knowing that some of us have lost loved ones dear to us and all of us have lost public figures we admired — actors, politicians, musicians, writers — who made a difference with their talents and leave a legacy behind. ​​Madeleine Albright, 84. Albright served as the first female Secretary of State and later worked as a Georgetown professor and author of several memoirs.

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The Importance of DEI In Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is beneficial for employers, staff, and patients. More hospitals and health systems are recognizing the importance and are rolling out new DEI programs. Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

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More Medical Schools Investing in Palliative Care Education

Hospice News

Palliative care education programs are gaining speed regionally, leading some to hope for a “domino effect” that would spur further growth. Without widespread change, demand for palliative care in the United States is projected to outstrip the supply of the clinicians trained to provide it during the next decade. A key barrier to building that workforce is that most clinicians receive little to no exposure to those types of care during their training.

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NHPCO Facts and Figures Report Shows Growing Number of Hospice Patients 

NHPCO

For Immediate Release. December 15, 2022 . (Alexandria, Va) – The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) published the 2022 edition of NHPCO Facts and Figures , an annual report on key data points related to the delivery of hospice care, including information on patient characteristics, location and level of care, Medicare hospice spending, and hospice providers.

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Long Covid: The price of risking one’s life to save others?

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

During the Covid pandemic NHS staff have worked to save other people’s lives knowing there was a real risk of catching Covid themselves. Front line staff such as nurses, midwives, doctors and healthcare assistants were especially at risk. Hundreds have died as a result and many thousands left with Long Covid. Many infected staff recover, but others can only do light work or work part time, whilst some have been off work for many months, unable to even do light work, often constantly exhausted wi

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Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest by Physicians Creating the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Bad Faith or Incompetence?

Pallimed

by by Chad D. Kollas, MD, Beverly Schechtman and Carrie Judy Introduction In May 2021, Pallimed published our commentary that described the inappropriate and disproportionate influence given to the advocacy group, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP, also known as Health Professionals for Responsible Opioid Prescribing) during the creation process of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, hereafter the 2016 Gu

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Nurse of the Week: CRNA Donna Dzialo Transforms Tools of Her Trade Into Art

Daily Nurse

Like many of her fellow nurse/artists, Nurse of the Week Donna Dzialo, CRNA has her own distinctive take on Creative Nursing. DailyNurse has spotlighted talented nurse photographers, pop singers, and ICU mural painters, but this might be our first found-objects nurse artist. During a shift one day in 2018, Dzialo had a Eureka moment when […].

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Message from a Concerned School Nurse

AJN Off the Charts

Robin Cogan. In case you have not seen the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for schools, published on August 11, 2022, here they are: Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning. Key changes in CDC guidance for schools. The CDC has chosen the path of least resistance as schools are about to reopen or are in their first few weeks of the new school year.

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Understanding Hoarding in Seniors | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

As seniors get older, you may see signs of hoarding. Hoarding refers to a behavioral disorder characterized by keeping possessions that don’t provide any value or use to an individual and that interfere with daily living. A strong indication of hoarding is that a senior refuses to throw anything away.

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3 Behaviors for Thoughtful and Effective Nurse Leadership

Nurse.com

The present state of 21st century health care has begun to spur a greater need to reevaluate what should be expected of nurse leadership — especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many academic studies and articles, transformational leadership has been identified as the model framework for nurse leaders to learn and demonstrate. Although the components are foundational, there is always room for nurse leaders to grow their leadership skills.

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Walking for Fitness and Friendship

Chicago Caregiving

8 great Chicago area walking paths for older adults. Exercise contributes to healthy aging — that much everyone can agree on. But you don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment to boost your physical activity. All you need is a path and a good pair of sneakers, because walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Walking regularly can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, improve sleep, and reduce anxiety and depression, according to America Walks , a nonprofit th

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Book Haul: Self-Care and Dementia Caregiver Inspiration

Happy Healthy Caregiver

In this post, you’ll find six self-care and caregiving books you may want to add to your ‘to be read’ pile. Recently I put a hold on accepting new caregiving and self-care books because my ‘to be read’ pile is overflowing which makes me feel anxious. To be honest, I’m not reading as much thanks […]. The post Book Haul: Self-Care and Dementia Caregiver Inspiration appeared first on Happy Healthy Caregiver.

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Strong Hearts Carry Both Joy and Sorrow

Elaine Mansfield

Bluebird eggs. The forest is green with moss and ferns. Fiddleheads near the stream are ready to harvest and the maple trees dropped their tiny red flowers on the forest floor. Trout lilies finish their season just as Trillium begins theirs. The dogs love to run along the trails, but I climb the hill to Vic’s Red Oak. They willingly follow me. I stand at the granite cairn where Vic’s ashes are buried and listen to a Red-Winged Blackbird call from the swamp at the forest’s edge.

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Hospice Regulations May Be Adversely Affecting Dementia Patients

Hospice News

Regulators have been zeroing in on longer lengths of stay in hospice, but patients with dementia may be caught in the crossfire. . Two policy changes have corresponded with reductions in hospice enrollment among dementia patients, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found. These include the audit system created by Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, and the two-tiered reimbursement for routine home care that reduced payment amoun

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Government Funding Bill Extends Telehealth Flexibilities, Averts Cap Cut

NHPCO

For Immediate Release. December 20, 2022 . (Alexandria, VA) Congress has released the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, an omnibus funding package that will fund the government through Fiscal Year 2023. As NHPCO advised its members in a Member Alert this morning, the legislation contains measures that will affect hospices positively and negatively.

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NHS staff need adequate RPE and they need it NOW

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

Governments in England, Scotland and Wales recently withdrew covid sick leave for NHS staff. (A summary of the key changes can be seen here.) These changes to sick pay provision for staff on covid related sick pay is hard to understand at a time when Covid-19 infections are going up exponentially and many NHS organisations are reporting increasing numbers of staff off sick.

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Celebrating Hospice and Palliative Medicine as the Fifth Largest Medical Subspecialty

Pallimed

by Christian Sinclair ( @ctsinclair ) We have entered a new age! Spread the word! Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) is the fifth largest medical subspecialty! You may have sensed we have been climbing the ranks, but I bet you are still surprised. A close look at the fellowship match data from Dec 2021, shows that HPM has the fifth highest number of matched applicants, behind the big 4: Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Hematology and Oncology, and Gastroenterology.

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How a Deaf Mother of Five Overcame the Odds to Pursue a Degree in Healthcare

Daily Nurse

In America, one in four people—roughly 26 percent—are currently living with a disability. These people have an increased risk of ailments like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. However, many don’t let their disability define them, going on to achieve the seemingly impossible. One of those people is Dionne Jaques of Salt Lake City, born deaf. […].

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How to Support the Nurse in Your Life, May 2022

AJN Off the Charts

Photo by D??ng Nhân from Pexels. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post directed towards friends and family members of nurses, entitled “ How to Support the Nurse in Your Life.” While the ideas in that post still hold up today, so much in nursing has changed, the COVID pandemic being the obvious main factor. With nurses in more need of support than ever, I find it important to revisit this idea of helping friends and families supporting the nurses in their lives at this unique point in time. 1.

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15 Ways to Boost Mental Health at Any Age | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It encompasses how you feel toward yourself and others, how you cope with stress, and how you make good choices. Good mental health is important for everyone — no matter what your age or stage in life. Here are some universal tips to boost your mental health.

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Mental Health Nursing Fast-Growing Field With Diverse Possibilities

Nurse.com

Unmet needs for mental health care is creating opportunities for nurses, both new and experienced, in multiple care settings. With the demand for mental health nurses, the possibilities are wide-open, well-paying — and impressively diverse. You can choose from a surprising array of care settings: inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency departments, schools, long-term care centers, or even correctional facilities.

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“I’m Going to Match!” A Tale of Nurses, Mentoring, and a Lifetime Bond

Minority Nurse

Roxana Chicas, PhD, RN , a research professor in Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing , rued her nontraditional academic path until a mentor reassured her: “The teacher always arrives when the student is ready.”. That advice about timing resonated last month as she prepared to donate a kidney to her mentor, professor and faculty colleague.

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Understanding social determinants of health and rehab

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

Renee Kinder. Social determinants of health, understanding what they are, their impact on patient care, and their influence on effective transitions across care settings are all essential for rehab providers. This area is also gaining an increased appreciation from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as noted in multiple forms in this year’s proposed rule.

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I think therefore I am? – If You Had A Choice

Palliverse

Photo by Vladislav Babienko on Unsplash. At a palliative care conference years ago the audience was asked to choose between two options. Would you rather die instantly without warning or would you rather know about it and die more gradually? We were instructed to think through both options for a few minutes before a show of hands was counted for each option.

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CMS Final Rule Gives Hospice 3.8% Pay Raise for 2023

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will give hospices a 3.8% bump in their per diem payments for 2023, according to a final rule published today. The reimbursement increase is larger than the 2.7% the agency initially proposed for next year. A number of providers and industry organizations voiced concerns that proposed amount was too low to account for COVID-19 headwinds, rising labor costs, and inflation.

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Mental health, everywhere

The World According to Dr. El

Dr. El. These days, mental health in long-term care is getting far more attention than it used to. After 25 years as a nursing home psychologist, it’s pretty exciting to see. I perused the April print edition of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and found articles on the impact of nurse stress on quality of care, the connection between nursing turnover and the emotional toll of the job, and the importance of mental health support for staff.