2020

Expanding our Bubbles during COVID-19

Hospice Volunteering

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Hospice Chaplains Excel At Leading Patients on a (Spiritual) Journey

Hospice 101

The role of the Hospice Chaplain is such an important role, and benefit, to the hospice team. Their main focus is to provide spiritual support to hospice patients and their loved ones. Very often, our Hospice Chaplains guide patients and loved ones on a personal reflection and spiritual journey. The Hospice Chaplain is like a Taxi Driver for the Hospice Patient. The hospice patient hops into the “taxi” and directs the Chaplain where they would like to go.

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A Season of Watching, Waiting, and Preparing for the Light

Donna Cardillo, The Inspiration Nurse

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or winter solstice, it is a season of watching, waiting and preparing for the light. The symbolism is perfect for our lives as we often find ourselves in personal and spiritual darkness unable to find our way.

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Managing Your Grief – Holiday Edition by Jim Reiser

Hospice of the North Coast

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year – those good old familiar and welcome sayings may not be as welcome to those of us who have suffered the loss of a loved one this year. Everything is different. Every single thing.

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How To Boost Your Home Health Nursing Orientation For Free

The Productive Home Health Nurse

This is great, you have your home health nursing orientation and preceptor time all next week…. Killin’ it! Wait, both in the same week…that doesn’t sound quite right…. Especially because Hilary definitely told you that she had 2 weeks worth of orientation and preceptor time.

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#Trending: Talk of Technology Evolving in Home Care

AlayaCare

Among the many themes demonstrated by the year 2020 , we know now more than ever that , technology is now imperative to the delivery of ho me care.

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Do You Believe in Cancer and Coronavirus Miracles? Here's research.

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Are miracles real or just wishful thinking when a good health prognosis is wanted? Healthcare worker have to be sensitive to patients' spirituality and religious beliefs regarding death journeys.

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Episode 29: Hospice and the Holidays

Living With Hospice

Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced or is facing the death of someone they love. Instead of being a time of tradition, family togetherness, sharing and giving thanks for blessings, this time of year can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness.

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Top Family Caregiver Mistakes: Part 4, Not Involving Family Members in Caring For Your Loved One

Hope Hospice

Hope Hospice is publishing a five-part monthly series about common family caregiver mistakes. Following is Part 4. This series is written by Debbie Emerson , MS, Hope Hospice Community Health Educator. Revisit Part 1: Not Planning in Advance . Revisit Part 1.5:

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Addressing The Range of Patient Beliefs About COVID-19

Pallimed

by Lyle Fettig ( @FettigLyle ) I’ve been thinking about my role as a physician in responding to skepticism about a range of COVID topics, especially as we approach the holidays and all the tension about difficult recommendations to forgo traditional Thanksgiving dinners.

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People with disabilities during COVID-19

Hospice Volunteering

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/people-disabilities-personal-support-workers-covid19-1.5554052. news/canada/ottawa/people-disabilities-personal-support-workers-covid19-1.5554052. Great article featuring my good friend (and guest speaker in my class many times, Liz Winkelaar

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Celebrating the Dedicated Work of Hospice Home Health Aides

Hospice 101

Hospice CNAs (who are known in the hospice world as HHAs or Home Health Aides) are incredibly special individuals and members of the hospice team who provide gentle, compassionate, end-of-life cares for hospice patients. June 18-24, 2020 is the week we celebrate Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). This week, in the field of Hospice, we honor and celebrate our amazing Hospice CNAs (HHAs)! During this week, hospice teams recognize and honor the special work and dedication of the Hospice HHAs.

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National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Three Oaks Hospice

The story of modern hospice and palliative care began in 1963 when Dame Cicely Saunders introduced the concept of specialized care for terminally ill patients during a lecture at Yale University. A few years later, in 1967, Saunders started St.

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Exploring the Big Three Fears of Dying

Death and Dying Chronicles

Hospice experience has shown me that there are at least three looming fears one faces when given a terminal diagnosis. Fear of dying in pain, although very real, is greatly overshadowed by the even greater fear over loss of dignity and becoming a burden.

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“To Be the Federation”: The True Self in Ministry and Star Trek: Discovery

The Chaplain's Report

Image from Star Trek: Discovery : What’s this got to do with the article? Not a whole lot. I just think this ship is really cool.

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6 Tips for Supporting and Celebrating Caregivers This Holiday Season

AlayaCare

The holidays are usually a time filled with celebration and gatherings; a time to reset and recharge – but against the backdrop of a pandemic, 2020 feels a little different. In fact, a recent. survey.

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Is Death Often More Pleasant Than We Imagine? (Research, Good Death Video 2:49)

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Many people, even some who work in healthcare, believe that death is always something to dread. Are they right? Is death as bad as many people imagine it will be?

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Transitioning from one care setting to another? Case managers are your key to success.

Bayshore Care Home

When a loved one transitions from the hospital to home or to a new healthcare center such as a long term care center, the most important expert for families to. The post Transitioning from one care setting to another? Case managers are your key to success. first appeared on Bayshore Home Care.

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Episode 28: Did I do Enough?

Living With Hospice

The last few episodes have explored the grief process as it is a common feeling before, during and after we lose our loved one. In this episode, Mitch discusses another common emotion that happens after our loved one has passed - guilt. It's normal to ask ourselves, "Could I have done more?"

2020 52

The Art of Forgiveness

Hope Hospice

By Reverend Amina Wolf , MA, DMin. Republished with permission from Presence : An International Journal of Spiritual Direction (first published in Vol. 26, no. 3; September 2020). When I was just starting as a Hospice Chaplain, I used to ask people I visited whether they had any forgiveness issues.

2020 52

Chlorpromazine in Delirium FTW!

Pallimed

by Drew Rosielle ( @drosielle ) David Hui, Eduardo Bruera, and colleagues have published another important delirium trial out of MD Anderson which I thought was worth blogging about in detail.

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Caring for Caregivers during Covid-19

Hospice Volunteering

I wanted to share the second video I’ve made for Abbotsford House – this one focusses on the impact of Covid-19 on people who are caring for someone in these challenging times, whether their loved one lives with them, or at a distance, or in a long-term care home or retirement residence.

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How to Start a Conversation with your Hospice Patient About Their Military Service

Hospice 101

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those men and women who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Memorial Day is also a good reminder for hospice team members to take the time to listen to, and allow, your patients to share their military service experiences, as a part of their life review.

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Taking Care of Our Own

Red M.D.

(Initially published on Doximity Oct 7, 2020). The first time I met Dr. Bob, he was sitting upright in his bed, wrapped in a bathrobe, with a pair of reading glasses balanced precariously on his forehead.

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Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Lung Disease/COPD

Three Oaks Hospice

End-stage COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, can cause a variety of symptoms and complications, and families often worry about how to provide proper care for a loved one with advanced lung disease. Tools & Resources

2020 52

How To Be A Successful Home Health Nurse

The Productive Home Health Nurse

I was sitting in my recliner, with my laptop resting across my legs, thinking to myself “so you wanted to be a home health nurse didja?! …. Feeling drained, exhausted, and so tired of always running around like “ a chicken with its head cut-off” ! Why in the world was I always feeling like this?…

2020 52

PANDEMICS MERELY HIGHLIGHT NURSING HOME PREDICAMENT

HospiceDiary

A wise saying: There is nothing new under the sun. Suffering is our human condition; we all have some experience with it. Though it seems of late there is just too much. A recent visit to a nursing home reminded me … Continue reading → end of life care

2020 52

Pandemic Hope and Healing (Video 2:29)

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

"The wound is not my fault. But the healing is my responsibility." Healing the spirit has often been associated positively in healthcare by patients and healthcare providers. That perspective has been associated with successful aging and a better tolerance of physical and emotional stress.

2020 52

FINDING THE RIGHT MOBILITY AIDS FOR SENIORS

Bayshore Care Home

Many seniors experience difficulty getting around independently. Mobility aids for seniors can offer stability and support. If a senior is unstable performing motions like sitting down or walking, it is. The post FINDING THE RIGHT MOBILITY AIDS FOR SENIORS first appeared on Bayshore Home Care.

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Episode 27: How to Manage Grief

Living With Hospice

Revisiting this complex topic for a third time, Mitch Ware takes a deeper look into the seven stages of grief and explores how we cycle through them. From shock and denial to rebuilding and acceptance, the journey through these phases can be exceptionally difficult to experience.

2020 52

Top Family Caregiver Mistakes: Part 3, Not Having a Support System

Hope Hospice

Hope Hospice is publishing a five-part monthly series about common family caregiver mistakes. Following is Part 3. This series is written by Debbie Emerson , MS, Hope Hospice Community Health Educator. Revisit Part 1: Not Planning in Advance . Revisit Part 1.5:

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Patient Access to Notes is Coming! Is Palliative Care Ready?

Pallimed

by Christian Sinclair ( @ctsinclair ) Patients and families across the US are about to get a close look under the hood of electronic health records in just a few weeks.

2020 52

Volunteering during a pandemic

Hospice Volunteering

Here’s a lovely article about the resilience and flexibility of hospice services and volunteers in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. Now more than ever we need to find ways other than in-person to support others in need in our community. link]. Let’s do our best to reach out to neighbours, family members, friends, and people in your community, especially people who may be isolated or alone. Be safe, be healthy, and enjoy the holidays

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Shining From Within: The Difference Between a Good Hospice Nurse and an Amazing Hospice Nurse.

Hospice 101

Are you a good hospice nurse? Or, are you an AMAZING Hospice Nurse? In my eight-years as a Hospice Nurse, I’ve worked with some good hospice nurses, some bad hospice nurses, and then I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with some AMAZING hospice nurses. I’ve learned, and have seen through observations firsthand, what truly makes a good hospice nurse different from an AMAZING hospice nurse. But can this difference be taught? Or does the difference come within?

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The Final Chapter

Red M.D.

(published in General Surgery News September 2020). The first time I saw a death certificate, I was nineteen years old.

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We Honor Veterans Program Level 5 Partner

Hospice of the North Coast

We are proud to have achieved Level 5 Partner status through the We Honor Veterans program, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

2020 52

Why Your OASIS Assessment Nursing Note Sucks and How to Write Them Better

The Productive Home Health Nurse

OASIS nursing note…. Have you been putting off “getting to know” your OASIS nursing notes for the longest time? You thought you could ask your manager about it quickly but you underestimated the time it would take for them to “get-back” to you.

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