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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. COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change in an industry that was already experiencing waves of change ; as we wrote back in the spring , it felt like we’d done 10 years of work in 10 days. From recalibrating remote care to ensure accurate documentation and tracking online, to introducing new virtual ways to engage clients and

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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. Great article featuring my good friend (and guest speaker in my class many times, Liz Winkelaar).

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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.

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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. As the old adage goes: It is better to light a candle … A Season of Watching, Waiting, and Preparing for the Light Read More » The post A Season of Watching, Waiting, and Preparing for the Light first appeared on Donna Cardillo

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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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Does Dementia Impact the Brain’s Emotional Center?

Hope Hospice

People living with dementia are experiencing deterioration of brain functions. How does dementia impact the brain’s emotional center? The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mass hysteria that has touched all parts of the globe. For some, fear of not knowing when or if society will return to normal is debilitating. Others are amped up about restrictions on personal freedoms and commerce.

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Home Health Care Can Help Seniors With Loneliness and Social Isolation

Hearts for Hospice & Home Health

By Elizabeth Townsend, RN People are social beings. With COVID-19 introducing social distancing guidelines and restrictions on visitations, social isolation and loneliness are increasing. A report referenced by JAMA discussed the need for solutions for social isolation and loneliness in older adults. There is significant documentation that social isolation and loneliness are related to a higher rate of major mental and physical illnesses, including: Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risks

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New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Seasons Hospice

As 2020 comes to a close, you may be thinking of a way that you can improve your life for 2021. New Year’s resolutions are a cultural touchstone as many see the change as a clean slate and a chance to do better. As an older adult, you may be wondering what you can do this year to better your life. You’re not alone. According to a Finder.com New Year’s resolution statistics roundup , Millennials and Gen Zers were more likely to have resolutions for next year than Gen Xers, Baby

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8 Ways to Celebrate the 2020 Holiday Season at a Distance

Seniority, the Mavencare Blog

The holidays are going to look different for most families this year. COVID-19 cases are spiking in both the US and Canada, and this means that it isn’t advisable to travel for the holidays and/or to gather in large groups with our loved ones. Sacrificing our holiday plans and traditions isn’t easy, but it’s important, especially for our senior loved ones, who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

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The Dance of Donation

Red M.D.

“Code trauma. ETA 5 min.” The message flashed across my pager on a Wednesday during morning rounds. As I hustled downstairs to the trauma bay, I called ahead and asked, “What’s coming?”. “Mid 30s. Hanging. 10 minutes of CPR with ROSC. Intubated on the scene. Pupils fixed and dilated.”. “Damn,” I mumbled as I hung up. This was my third hanging in as many months.

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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. What do we do when we are feeling pressure to engage in the "holiday spirit", but we are triggered by memories of earlier times with a loved one who is now facing a terminal diagnosis?

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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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#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. COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change in an industry that was already experiencing waves of change ; as we wrote back in the spring , it felt like we’d done 10 years of work in 10 days. From recalibrating remote care to ensure accurate documentation and tracking online, to introducing new virtual ways to engage clients and families in the circl

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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. (Remember, I’m new at this! So I don’t know how to change how my expression appears on the link!

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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)!

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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. As I think about our current situation, I can’t help but recall an encounter I had with a patient many years ago.

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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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Caregiving Best Practices: Develop a Support System

Hope Hospice

I’m the only one my husband trusts to provide care. My family is scattered all over the country — how can they help with care when they’re so far away? No one else can possibly understand what I’m going through. My siblings can’t help me care for our father, but they’re the first to criticize what I’m doing. I don’t trust anyone else to provide care for my mother — they may not do things the way I’d like; I’ll just have to fix the mistakes they make, so I might as well do it myself.

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Episode 41 - Dr. Dan Morhaim "Preparing for a Better End" the importance of Advanced Directives.

Palliative Care Chat Podcast

Dr. Dan Morhaim discusses his new book “Preparing for a Better End” and the importance of Advance Care Plans. Dr. Dan Morhaim discusses his new book “Preparing for a Better End” and the importance of Advance Care Plans.

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The Hospice Benefit for Veterans

Hearts for Hospice & Home Health

Care at no cost to Veterans and their families. Valeo Home Health and Hospice collaborates with local VA agencies and programs to raise awareness about the benefit of hospice services for Veterans. As a Veteran, expenses for hospice-related services or enrolled veterans are covered in full. We Honor Veterans Program Valeo Home Health and Hospice partners with the We Honor Veterans program to give veterans the best care possible.

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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. Christopher's Hospice in the United Kingdom, the first facility dedicated to this type of end-of-life care.

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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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Tech for Seniors: Robotic Pets & Virtual Reality

Seniority, the Mavencare Blog

Almost all of us engage with technology in our daily lives – seniors included! Technological innovation can benefit, and has benefitted, seniors in many ways. We’ve talked before on the blog about how it can help seniors stay safe in their homes , and about how virtual spaces can provide seniors with both entertainment and opportunities to socialize.

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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. Those fears weigh heavily in addition to what one must endure from their terminal illness. But, as my patients who are farther along in the journey tell me, their fear of the dying process weighed much more heavily on their minds at the beginnin

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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? Two near-death research studies compared the affective experience of people facing imminent death with that of people imagining imminent death. Interesting results of these studies are the following: The first study revealed that blog posts of near-death patients with cancer and sclerosis were more positive and less negative than the s

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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. found over half (54%) of Americans felt more financially stressed about the holidays this year than they did last year. Nearly a third (34%) reported negative feelings about the holidays this year, citing COVID’s impact on celebrations as a key reason.

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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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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.

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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.

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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. I was having a conversation a few nights ago with a friend of mine about the series Star Trek: Discovery , and the question came up, “what was the mission of Discovery?” We first looked at the missions of the other Star Trek series.

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Caregiver Mistakes: Not Involving Family Members in Caring For Your Loved One

Hope Hospice

I’m the only one my husband trusts to provide care. My family is scattered all over the country – how can they help with care when they’re so far away? No one else can possibly understand what I’m going through. My siblings can’t help me care for our father, but they’re the first to criticize what I’m doing. I don’t trust anyone else to provide care for my mother — they may not do things the way I’d like; I’ll just have to fix the mistakes they make, so I might as well do it myself.

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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. Starting in November, the 21st Century CURES Act is putting in place the rules for patient access to their health records including the clinical notes of the clinicians. Your organization is possibly planning for this new access to be flicked on like a light switch in the inky dark of night.

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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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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. I was in the midst of my hospice and palliative medicine fellowship, rotating at the local inpatient hospice facility where Dr. Bob had come to die.

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Seniors

Seniority, the Mavencare Blog

October is Physical Therapy Month! According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the month of October presents “an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy.” At Mavencare, we’re particularly interested in how physical therapy - sometimes also called physiotherapy - benefits seniors and their unique needs.

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Key questions and answers about palliative care

Elizz

The term ‘palliative care’ stirs up different images and thoughts and feelings in people’s minds. Within the healthcare field, the meaning of palliative care has changed over time. Read on to learn more about key questions and answers about palliative care today. 1. What is palliative care? Palliative care is really about an approach to care for individuals and families who are living with life-limiting or life-threatening condition.

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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. The ability to cope with serious diseases and with isolation is especially important in older adults.