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AlayaCare integrates with Home Care Pulse to improve operational efficiencies through evidence-based quality metrics

AlayaCare

Data metrics and feedback gathered through the Home Care Pulse Satisfaction Management Program allow AlayaCare customers to accurately measure and improve the quality of care. NOVEMBER 7, 2019 Leading home care software platform, AlayaCare, announced their partnership and integration with Home Care Pulse – a leading organization for quality assurance and performance benchmarking in the home care industry.

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What is Sundowning?

Hope Hospice

Coping with a loved one’s sundowning behaviors is a common struggle among family caregivers. Family care partners and professional caregivers alike get frustrated with dementia-related behaviors that are barriers to providing care and improving quality of life for the person in their care. Behaviors associated with sundowning are particularly difficult.

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How to avoid the avoidable hospitalization.

Bayshore Care Home

Americans age 65 and older make up 13% of the population but consume about one third of all prescription drugs. Older individuals also take more potentially addictive medications than any. The post How to avoid the avoidable hospitalization. first appeared on Bayshore Home Care.

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Ep. 6 - Providing Palliative Care to LGBTQ Patients

HPNA podcast

. In our 6th episode of HPNA’s Podcast Corner, we offer listeners a framework to explore nursing advances in LGBTQ-inclusive palliative care. Nina Barrett, palliative care nurse practitioner, frames the unique health needs of the LGBTQ palliative care patient, including challenges regarding disclosure and advance care planning. Nina calls to light the health disparities affecting the LGBTQ population, their historical roots, and the extra challenges facing transgender patients.

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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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Mental Health and Worship: Relating Faith and Psychology Part 3

The Chaplain's Report

Last time I wrote about practical ways in which churches can work to address the concrete needs of those affected by mental illness and emotional distress in their congregations. That frankly is something that is not too difficult or controversial. The more difficult task for clergy is how to address mental health during the service. Here as well I think a holistic approach is best and necessary.

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Episode 28 - Celebration Of National Spirituality Week

Palliative Care Chat Podcast

October 20-26, 2019 is National Spirituality Week. Enjoy this lively conversation between two spiritual advisors about implications of spirituality in end of life care. October 20-26, 2019 is National Spirituality Week. Enjoy this lively conversation between two spiritual advisors about implications of spirituality in end of life care.

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WHO ADVOCATES?

HospiceDiary

How many of us, as nurses, have had the experience of speaking to an “enflamed” family member, and practiced all our communication skills to bring calm and rational judgment into play?

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How to deal with childhood grief and loss

Elizz

People process grief in different ways. If your caregiver role has ended due to the death of the person in your care, it’s understandable to feel grief, especially if that person was close to you and your family. For a grieving child, like anyone, grief is an individual process. The way children experience grief will depend largely on their age and/or developmental stage, the nature of their relationship with the person who died, and the circumstances of the death.

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The Importance of Nutrition Support in Hospice Care

Rest Assured Hospice

When you think about nutrition management, you may imagine an individual trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or maintain their youthful energy. However, good nutrition is essential for every stage of life, including end-of-life care. Many reputable hospice organizations employ nutrition experts to offer dietary support to individuals in hospice care.

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Online training improves medical students’ ability to recognise when a person is dying: The ORaClES randomised controlled trial

SAGE Palliative Medicine & Chronic Care podcast

This episode features Dr Nicola White and Dr Linda Oostendorp (Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, Division of Psychiatry, University College London (UCL), London, UK). Recognising dying is a core clinical skill. There is inconsistent training in the United Kingdom and both medical students and doctors report feeling unsure and ill prepared when working with a dying patient and their family.

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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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Why a great workplace culture is key to your home care agency’s growth

AlayaCare

One well-trodden saying goes: people don’t leave bad companies – they leave bad bosses (and teams!). If you’ve ever felt trapped in a work environment that felt unsupportive and uninspiring, you know it can strain motivation to keep performing at a high level. Now, consider this: if any of your employees are currently feeling this way, not only is it impacting their morale, it’s likely leaking into overall morale too.

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Vision Decline in Dementia Patients

Hope Hospice

Caregivers commonly observe vision decline in dementia patients. People living with dementia commonly experience changes to their vision beyond what’s expected as part of the normal aging process. As dementia-related illnesses cause progressive brain deterioration, a person will experience certain sight deficits because the brain is no longer processing what the eyes see in the same way.

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What questions should I ask a home care agency?

Bayshore Care Home

If you’re considering in home care for yourself or your loved one you may be unsure of where to start. Below you will find some questions that are helpful when. The post What questions should I ask a home care agency? first appeared on Bayshore Home Care.

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Ep. 5 - Stories from the Field with Dr. Kristopher Halsey

HPNA podcast

. In this episode of HPNA Podcast Corner’s Stories from the Field, we welcome Dr. Kris Halsey to share with us his 20-year vocation as a clinical chaplain providing spiritual and psychosocial support to patients and families nearing life’s end. Kris talks about the spiritual, religious, and external aspects of hospice and palliative care as he shares stories about his most rewarding spiritual care moments along with challenges he has faced along the way.

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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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Annual DDE Recertification Due 9/30 (And Other DDE Pitfalls)

Hospice Law Blog

Direct Data Entry (DDE) access is a company’s revenue lifeline: without it, hospices cannot comply with NOE filing requirements or submit claims for payment. Every hospice has DDE login rights, but many fail to recognize (and take due care to avoid) the serious hidden pitfalls that are found in this system. Failure to avoid these pitfalls can cause loss of access; and, in turn, hospices face at least significant administrative work to recover access and perhaps forfeiture of certain billings (

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Episode 27 - Pharmacists At Pain Week An Engaging (and Prevalent) Proposition!

Palliative Care Chat Podcast

Many pharmacists (especially members of the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists) made incredible presentations at PainWeek 2019 in Las Vegas recently! In this podcast they discuss their presentations, including take-away messages. Many pharmacists (especially members of the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists) made incredible presentations at PainWeek 2019 in Las Vegas recently!

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Real EOL Doula Stories: Meet Kimberly King Wise

Journey With Deanna

Kimberly King Wise is a Certified End of Life Doula, Home Funeral Guide, Certified Business Manager and Virtual Assistant with 21 years of experience supporting coaches, trainers and authors. She is a passionate death positive movement advocate and is uniquely skilled in helping death positive business owners kickstart their businesses into high gear.

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NEVER GIVE UP

HospiceDiary

I am concerned about a new mantra afoot: that palliative care–unlike hospice care– is not “giving up” but is addressing improved symptom management and quality of life (QOL) for all patients with advanced disease.

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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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Talking to children about death

Elizz

When you are approaching the Closing LifeStage of Caregiving , you and your family are all dealing with many emotions. And, if you have a young child or a teenager, you are also aware that children have a way of knowing when something is wrong, even from a young age. Teaching children about death isn’t easy but when you share information about what’s happening, it’s better for everyone.

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Considering Hospice Care for Your Loved One? Why Hospice Isa Good Choice

Rest Assured Hospice

When you have a loved one with a serious illness that turns out to be terminal in nature, you may find yourself wondering what you can and should do to take care of your loved one and provide them with the comfort and care that they need in this difficult time. One of the options available to you and your loved one is hospice care.

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Consumer and carer leadership in palliative care academia and practice: A systematic review with narrative synthesis

SAGE Palliative Medicine & Chronic Care podcast

This episode features Brett Scholz (Medical School, The Australian National University, Acton, ACT, Australia). Consumer involvement is required by policy at all levels of health services. Some health disciplines have well-established research programmes focusing on consumer leadership. Palliative care is philosophically consumer-centred, but there has been less of a focus on consumer leadership at the systemic level of palliative care services.

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Why ‘Net Promoter Scores’ are Important for Home Care Agencies

AlayaCare

In the golden age of metrics, there’s another interesting tool that can help your agency collect important data insights: the “Net Promoter Score”, or NPS for short. If you haven’t heard of it already, NPS is a way virtually any company can measure its customer experience. By measuring that experience, it’s then possible to understand customer loyalty – and from that, predict how a business might grow.

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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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Five Wishes: Taking Control of Your Final Days

Hope Hospice

So much in life is out of our control, and, at times, the uncertainty causes frustration and stress. However, this doesn’t have to be the case at the end of life. The Five Wishes document is a way for you to communicate your desires for how you want to be treated—medically, physically, and spiritually—if you get seriously ill and/or death is near. For your family, Five Wishes ends the bedside guessing game of what you want or do not want at the end of your life.

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Questions to consider when hiring in-home senior care

Bayshore Care Home

As our population ages, the issue of caring for aging loved ones grows. True, having family care for a loved one at home is an option. But with the weight. The post Questions to consider when hiring in-home senior care first appeared on Bayshore Home Care.

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Ep. 4 - How To Keep Doing What You Do

HPNA podcast

In our 4thepisode of HPNA’s Podcast Corner, we offer listeners a framework to explore the impact of compassion fatigue and its relationship to the individual’s self-care and resilience. This recording supports additional resources to accompany HPNA’s Podcast Episode 3 Stories from the Field with Barb Schmal. This 60-minute, free on-demand recording delivers concise, actionable strategies that you can incorporate immediately into your professional and personal practices, enabling listeners to ack

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Hospice False Claims: AseraCare Lost A Battle But Has Helped Win The War

Hospice Law Blog

Last week, the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment given to AseraCare in its hospice false claims case, setting up more litigation on the question whether AseraCare’s certifications were made in good faith. But, the appeals court also affirmed a critical trial court ruling on the standard to be applied to review of hospice claims for “falsity,” holding that a mere difference of opinion among physicians is insufficient to establish that a claim is false; and, holding t

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Episode 26 - Implementation of a Community Paramedicine Program in Hospice and Palliative Care

Palliative Care Chat Podcast

Listen as Dr. McPherson interviews Christina McCurdy, RN, MS, director of inpatient care, nursing support services, crisis intervention care and Medicare care choices at Community Hospice and Palliative Care in Jacksonville, Florida. Listen as Dr. McPherson interviews Christina McCurdy, RN, MS, director of inpatient care, nursing support services, crisis intervention care and Medicare care choices at Community Hospice and Palliative Care in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Real EOL Doula Stories: Meet Kimberly King Wise

Journey With Deanna

Kimberly King Wise is a Certified End of Life Doula, Home Funeral Guide, Certified Business Manager and Virtual Assistant with 21 years of experience supporting coaches, trainers and authors. She is a passionate death positive movement advocate and is uniquely skilled in helping death positive business owners kickstart their businesses into high gear.

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WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

HospiceDiary

Don’t call me morbid because I’ve spent the past few days preparing obituary examples. I’ll be using these for a class of young people to demonstrate a bit of what “legacy” means: something left behind when you are gone.

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Talking to children about death

Elizz

When you are approaching the Closing LifeStage of Caregiving , you and your family are all dealing with many emotions. And, if you have a young child or a teenager, you are also aware that children have a way of knowing when something is wrong, even from a young age. Teaching children about death isn’t easy but when you share information about what’s happening, it’s better for everyone.

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Top 6 Services To Look For In A Hospice Care Service Center

Rest Assured Hospice

According to the American Cancer Society, hospice is set up to aid an individual in their final stages of life while allowing death to occur naturally. Not only is the person treated with respect and dignity, he or she is also kept as comfortable as possible.

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Does inpatient palliative care consultation impact outcomes following hospital discharge? A narrative systematic review

SAGE Palliative Medicine & Chronic Care podcast

This episode features Mary Scott (Ottowa Hospital Research Institute. Bruyere Research Institute). Many patients and families report improved satisfaction of care when palliative care when they are supported by palliative care specialist teams. Transitions of care from one setting to another are burdensome. Evidence suggests that palliative care can improve this transition from hospital to community support.