September, 2023

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‘Elegant, Expert Care’: The Emergence of Neuropalliative Services

Hospice News

People living with a neurological illness often face a long and painful road. Many neurological illnesses, such as dementia, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s, are progressive illnesses that come with a number of additional symptoms, from pain to depression. In recent years, more neurologists are realizing the need for specialized palliative care for this population.

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Black/African American Caregivers of Older Adults Living with Dementia: Fayron Epps and Karen Moss

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary The proportion of people living with dementia who identify as Black/African Americans is on the rise , and so too are the proportion of caregivers who identify as Black/African American. As our guests talk about today, caregiving for people living with dementia takes a tremendous toll, and when this toll is set atop the challenges of racism in all its forms, the reality of caregiving while Black can be overwhelming.

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Caregiver Self-Care: How to Release Worries and Stress Less

Sustainable Caregiving

A sign of caregiver stress is not being able to escape the worries. Worries flow through our caregiver river, creating unexpected waterfalls and intense rapids that sweep us away. Caregiving worries keep us up at night, disrupt our day, and wreak havoc with our well-being. The 12th Sustainable Caregiving Strategy that supports caregiver self-care is … Caregiver Self-Care: How to Release Worries and Stress Less Read More » The post Caregiver Self-Care: How to Release Worries and Stress Less

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Unravelling the Risk Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease

Life & Death Matters

World Alzheimer’s Month occurs in September – and is a month when people around the world unite to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and leads to cognitive decline and memory loss[1]. The number of people living with dementia will likely triple by the year 2050!

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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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“Make the most of every moment”: Neil’s story

HopeHealth

Neil was an inspiration in his life, and he still guides his family today. By sharing their experience with hospice, his family hopes he can guide others too. The post “Make the most of every moment”: Neil’s story appeared first on HopeHealth.

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How well do we adult researchers really prepare ourselves to share power and control with children and young people in the context of patient and public involvement?

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

“This week’s blog post is written by Betul BAY, a PhD candidate with expertise in cancer pain management among children and young people at the University of Birmingham’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. Within this blog, she underscores the importance of further research aimed at establishing the most optimal levels of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) to enhance the empowerment of children and young people (CYP).” @HOPPS_UOB How well do we adult resea

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Time for Geriatric Assessments in Cancer Care: William Dale, Mazie Tsang, and John Simmons

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary The comprehensive geriatric assessment is one of the cornerstones of geriatrics. But does the geriatric assessment do anything? Does it improve outcomes that patients, caregivers, and clinicians care about? Evidence has been mounting about the importance of the geriatric assessment for older adults with cancer, the subject of today’s podcast.

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Educating About Health Equity

Minority Nurse

Nursing has always held health equity as a critical value in many ways. Nurses strive to deliver the best care to all patients, independent of socioeconomic status, gender, race, or other factors. Health equity arguably gets even more attention than in the past. And that attention also occurs in nursing schools, where nurses are presented with the concept of health equity.

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5 Ways an End-of-Life Doula Can Help Families Navigate the Journey

Life & Death Matters

Imagine that you have a loved one who is moving closer to death – it could be weeks, days, or hours. You don’t know. You are not certain of what is happening, and how long before the person dies. Or perhaps you are the only family member in town with the loved one, and have […] The post 5 Ways an End-of-Life Doula Can Help Families Navigate the Journey appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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What palliative care means for liver disease

HopeHealth

When you’re living with liver disease, extra support can make all the difference. That’s the idea behind palliative care. It’s an additional layer of care to help you navigate the unique challenges of your diagnosis. “We want to be sure that throughout the course of your illness, your symptoms are well managed and your quality Read More The post What palliative care means for liver disease appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Evolution of School Nurses

Daily Nurse

It’s back to school time again, which means school nurses are preparing for the year ahead and the challenges and opportunities a new school year will bring. In recent years, the roles and responsibilities of school nurses have evolved. Traditionally, school nurses are tasked with administering first aid and caring for students’ physical health. Still, we are seeing demand for school nurses to manage a broader definition of wellness, including physical and mental health.

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How Four Questions Can Reduce Costs, Boost Hospice Utilization

Hospice News

A pilot program by an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) reduced per capita health care expenditures at a rural hospital by 70% and admissions by 98%. A key component of the initiative was a “Four Questions” framework for goals-of-care conversations. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation ran the project between 2011 and 2015 at 32 participating hospitals and health systems.

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The Future Is Here: Using AI in Nursing Is a Growing Trend

Nurse.com

At Portneuf Regional Medical Center (PMC) in Pocatello, Idaho, nurses on the med-surg unit are receiving support through a new partnership that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with virtual nursing. Amy Hemsley, RN Amy Hemsley, MSN, RN, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at PMC, says the hospital has partnered with care.ai to implement a virtual nursing solution enabled by AI inferencing and in-room sensors.

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The rise and rise of the nursing apprentices.

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This blog comes from Alwin Puthenpurakal, an experienced senior lecturer and researcher working at The University of Greenwich. He led University apprenticeship programmes since its inception and highly values the impact it has on widening social mobility and addressing the national workforce challenges. With almost two decades worth of clinical experience, he is an experienced senior nurse with an intensive care background who has worked on workforce transformation projects and has implemented

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Why I Struggle with Orange Shirt Day

Life & Death Matters

I fully and wholeheartedly support September 30th – Orange Shirt Day – as the national day dedicated to truth and reconciliation in Canada. It’s an invitation and opportunity for every Canadian to publicly acknowledge and honour the thousands of Indigenous children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and placed in residential schools. […] The post Why I Struggle with Orange Shirt Day appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Everything You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Caring Senior Service

One health concern that often arises in seniors is atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib. This irregular heart rhythm condition or arrhythmia, can have significant implications for seniors' health and well-being. Let's dive into everything seniors and their families need to know about AFib, from its causes to treatment options.

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What Exactly is Workplace Culture Anyway? 

Minority Nurse

Every organization or workplace in healthcare or any other industry has a workplace culture , whether those working there are conscious of it or not. The best workplace cultures are consciously and proactively created by everyone involved, and the worst cultures exist without a shred of intention. But what exactly is workplace culture, and how do you know your organization’s culture?

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Steward Health Exec to Replace Stephan Rodgers as AccentCare’s CEO

Hospice News

AccentCare CEO Steve Rodgers is stepping down, with Laura Tortorella, COO of Steward Health, lined up to succeed him. Rodgers became AccentCare’s top executive in 2012 after more than three years as the CEO of OptumHealth Collaborative Care. Optum is now a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). A major achievement during Rodgers’ tenure at the Dallas-based hospice, home health and palliative care provider was the company’s 2020 merger with Illinois-based Seasons Hospice & Palliative.

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Kimberly McClintick Enhances School Health with Nebraska School Nurse Mentor Program

Daily Nurse

Kimberly McClintick, MSN, RN, the children’s school health coordinator at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, embarked on a mission in 2018 to elevate the experience of school nurses across the state. Through surveys and conversations, she discovered a crucial need for mentors, particularly in rural communities, where school nurses often find themselves as the sole healthcare provider for an entire district.

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How the Public’s Perception of Nursing Impacts the Profession

Nurse.com

Nurses are intimately involved in the well-being and health of those in their community. It’s their duty to care for others physically, mentally, and emotionally. Because this care often relies on patient compliance, the public’s perception of nursing has significant impacts on the profession. History of nursing’s perception Stereotypes: Historically, nursing was considered a pink-collar profession — jobs traditionally done by women.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and the Importance of Representation in Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Each year, from September 15th through October 15th, Americans honor and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration where we recognize the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Hispanic or Latino Heritage. The celebration begins on September 15th because it marks the anniversary of when Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua gained independence.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE WITHOUT A WILL IN TEXAS?

Elder Care Matters

Today’s Blog is Titled: What Happens When You Die Without a Will in Texas? Death is a reality that nobody wants to face, but it’s an inevitable part of life. As much as we hate to think about it, it’s important to plan for what happens when we pass away. One of the most critical… The post WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE WITHOUT A WILL IN TEXAS?

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SWAT RNs: Supporting Bedside Leaders with Clinical Judgment

Minority Nurse

SWAT RNs serve as expert consultants and mentors to nurses working as bedside leaders in various clinical settings. With clinical practice experience of five or more years in the areas of critical care, emergency nursing, and flight nursing, these nurses enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with quickly assessing patients at risk for condition deterioration.

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                                                                                                              The High Costs of Limited Hospice Access for Dementia Patients 

Hospice News

Limiting hospice access for dementia patients is likely to increase overall health care costs at the end of life, according to recent research. During the past decade, Medicare beneficiaries with dementia who utilized hospice had lower overall health care costs than those who did not, according to the Health Affairs study. The findings provide a window into the impacts of longer hospice stays for dementia patients at a time of heightened regulatory attention around utilization and costs in Medic

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Two Childhood Cancer Survivors Share Unbreakable Bond at Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Daily Nurse

Two women battled cancer as kids; one inspired the other to follow in her footsteps to become a nurse. Both are colleagues at Children’s Hospital New Orleans (CHNOLA). Laura Shinn, RN – Hematology/Oncology/HSCT Nurse Navigator at CHNOLA , says she went into nursing and specifically oncology because she just felt that there was this need to take the medical path.

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Unseen Struggles: When the Pain of Chronic Illness Meets Disbelief

AJN Off the Charts

A friend’s desperation. Photo by Ben Blennerhassett on Unsplash It was early in the morning when I received a call from my best friend, who was crying and distraught. She frantically rattled off her symptoms: “My stomach is on fire, I can’t sleep, nothing is relieving the discomfort, and I’m in excruciating pain.” Although she’d been feeling discomfort for the previous two weeks, at first she’d thought the intensity of her current symptoms might be from food poisoni

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Hospice Quinte Announces Resignation of Executive Director and Appoints Acting Executive Director

Changing Lives Podcast

Outgoing Hospice Quinte Executive Director Jennifer May-Anderson, left, with Acting Executive Director Petra Lepage outside of Hospice Quinte’s Stan Klemencic Care Centre on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Hospice Quinte, a leading provider of compassionate end-of-life care, announces the resignation of Jennifer May-Anderson as its Executive Director.

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Furry Companionship: How pets can keep you healthier and happier

Community Home Health Care

As we age, the importance of companionship and emotional well-being becomes increasingly evident. For seniors, finding sources of joy, comfort, and connection is essential to leading fulfilling lives. In recent years, a heartwarming trend has emerged among seniors: the adoption of pets as furry companions. Beyond being lovable companions, it has been proven that pets play a significant role in the health and emotional wellbeing of their seniors.

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Home Care Pulse Welcomes New CFO and CRO to Executive Leadership Team

Home Care Pulse

Article Contents: – Introduction – About Home Care Pulse Article Contents: About Home Care Pulse Share: We’re Home Care Pulse, a leading provider of experience management & surveys, caregiver/CNA training, and online reputation management. R EXBURG , ID , September 19 , 2023 – Home Care Pulse (HCP) , a leading provider of mission critical applications that support engagement and improve care for long term and post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations, is proud to announce the

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SCAN Group Invests in Guaranteed’s ‘Inclusive’ Hospice Technology Services

Hospice News

Medicare Advantage organization SCAN Group has invested an undisclosed dollar amount in tech-enabled hospice startup Guaranteed. The move comes nearly a year after California-based Guaranteed launched in August 2022, when founder and CEO Jessica McGlory began her own provider company two years after her father passed away. SCAN Group, parent company of SCAN Health Plan, is the latest investor in the hospice company.

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The Nurse Conundrum — Show Kindness to Patients, Act Awful to One Another

Daily Nurse

There’s a puzzling conundrum in the world of nurses and nursing that’s difficult to reconcile because most nurses are kind, caring, and compassionate with their patients but horrid in their treatment of other nurses. Backbiting, bullying, and otherwise ill-treatment are so common that it’s hard to imagine that a profession steeped in healing could be rampant with a scourge of unkindness and incivility.

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The Healing Power of Animals: Reducing Stress in Patients and Nursing Students

AJN Off the Charts

Nursing students are known to have high stress levels during their nursing programs. While many researchers have explored different coping mechanisms to help nursing students cope with their stress and anxiety, not many have looked at animal interventions. I am a huge fan of animal interventions after seeing their positive effects on patients (and staff) while I was working bedside in the hospital.

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Hospice chaplain documentation webinar

Hospice Chaplaincy

If you are a hospice chaplain in need of polishing up your visit documentation, this is a webinar for you. This webinar will be on Monday September 25th at 10:00am Central Standard Time. The registration fee is only $45.The most scrutinized area for hospices by the U.S.

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Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs

AT Home Care & Hospice

Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs and Save Lives We observe Sepsis Awareness Month in September as a time to raise awareness of this life-threatening condition. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, and it can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. What is sepsis? Sepsis is a medical emergency The post Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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When waiting is no longer acceptable.

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This week’s blog is written by Barbara Kombe (@KombeBarbara), Neurodevelopment Clinical Nurse Specialist/Health Visitor, affiliated to Guys and St Thomas NHS trust. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Article 25, reinforces the right of persons to attain the highest standard of healthcare without discrimination. It is also documented that people with a disability tend to have poorer health outcomes, low education achievements and less economic participation and h

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How the Right Investments Can Help Hospices Reduce Turnover

Hospice News

Assessing clinician satisfaction and streamlining onboarding can pay off for hospices when it comes to staff retention. Hospices have poured dollars into retention amid widespread workforce shortages exacerbated by the pandemic. Some have expanded employee benefit packages, raised wages and revamped their scheduling and paid leave policies to improve work-life balance.

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