April, 2024

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Dana-Farber’s New Push to Integrate Palliative, Behavioral Services in Cancer Care

Hospice News

Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched the Neuro-Inclusive Oncology Care and Empowerment Program, a psychosocial oncology initiative focused on adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). The new program , developed by the Institute’s Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Department, serves oncology patients who have IDD, such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and fragile X syndrome. “The Neuro-Inclusive Oncology

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When caregivers lose patience: how not to feel like a loser!

Caregiver Warrior

All caregivers lose patience. How we treat ourselves when patience wears thin defines how quickly we can find it again. The post When caregivers lose patience: how not to feel like a loser! appeared first on Caregiver Warrior.

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“This is your day”: A hospice patient’s golf dream comes true

HopeHealth

His whole life, Jack dreamed of playing the golf course at Rhode Island Country Club. Thanks to a hospice volunteer, he finally did. The post “This is your day”: A hospice patient’s golf dream comes true appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Ambivalence in Decision-Making: A Podcast with Joshua Briscoe, Bryanna Moore, Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby & Olubukunola Dwyer

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Ambivalence is a tough concept when it comes to decision-making. On the one hand, when people have ambivalence but haven’t explored why they are ambivalent, they are prone to bad, value-incongruent decisions. On the other hand, acknowledging and exploring ambivalence may lead to better, more ethical, and less biased decisions.

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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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My Journey to Making an ACP Day Event

Life & Death Matters

About Me My Idea An idea has been percolating in my head for a year or so now – to host an Advance Care Planning (ACP) Day, where I invite my family, friends, and local community to work on creating their own Advance Care Plan. “Why?” I hear you ask. “You’re so young!” That is […] The post My Journey to Making an ACP Day Event appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Tax Preparation Tips For Seniors | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Tax season can be a daunting time for seniors and family caregivers. But with the right information and resources, the process can be smoother than expected. In this guide, we've compiled tips and strategies to help seniors navigate the tax preparation process with ease.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Kendra Coles

Minority Nurse

Kendra Coles, DNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM, NEA-BC, is a seasoned nursing leader with over 20 years of experience in the field. For 17 years, she has been dedicated to women’s services and has a wealth of knowledge in managing inpatient and outpatient obstetric care. She also has a knack for communication and team empowerment. Coles is known for optimizing performance and outcomes for obstetric and neonatal populations , achieved through fostering collaboration and building multidisciplinary teams.

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Unveiling the Integrated Community Care Network

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This weeks’ blog is written by Helen Lord ( H.Lord@bolton.ac.uk ), Joey Weber, Joanne Smith, Katie, Bannister, Phil Downing and Hayley Carr from the University of Bolton #BoltonUni The surge in complex health and social care challenges has brought to light inefficiencies within existing systems, as noted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2013 1.

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Surrogate Decision Making: Bernie Lo and Laurie Dornbrand

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary In 1983, a 25 year old Nancy Cruzan was thrown from her car while driving home in Missouri, landing in a water filled ditch. She was resuscitated by EMS, but did not regain higher brain function, and was eventually diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. In 1988, Cruzan’s parents requested that her feeding tube be removed, arguing that she would not want to continue in this state.

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Celebrating Diversity Month

Diversity Nursing

April is Diversity Month and serves as a vital opportunity to amplify awareness surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, offering a space for meaningful conversations and mutual understanding among Diverse groups. Promoting Unity and Belonging can also help boost recruitment and retention. In fact, a Glassdoor survey found that 76% of employees and job seekers report that a Diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating job offers.

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A Day in the Life: Hospice Nurse  

Daily Nurse

Supporting someone with a life-limiting diagnosis or talking about death can be difficult for many people, but not for a hospice nurse. What’s it like to care for patients and their families in the end-of-life process? Maryette Williamson, RN, BSN, knows firsthand from working as a BAYADA Hospice Nurse in Fayetteville, North Carolina. We asked her about her work.

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CMS May Be Mulling Changes to the Hospice Benefit

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2025 proposed hospice rule contained requests for information (RFIs) that could signal changes in the agency’s thinking on key issues. Through RFIs, CMS tries to take the pulse of providers’ positions on certain questions that could impact the Medicare Hospice Benefit. In its 2025 proposal , one key RFI includes queries on higher-acuity palliative services like dialysis, transfusions, radiation or chemotherapy, among others.

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Creating a Disaster Simulation for Nursing Students

AJN Off the Charts

A nursing student treats a volunteer acting as a disaster victim during a high-fidelity simulation at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center. Photo courtesy of the authors. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the United States “there were 28 weather and climate disasters in 2023 , surpassing the previous record of 22 in 2020.

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What Is Parkinson's Disease?

American In-Home Care

A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is life-changing and raises many questions. What is Parkinson’s disease? What symptoms are expected in each stage? How will everyday life be affected? In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, CareTime, American, Advocate, and Whitsyms In-Home Care offer the following information to help families provide the best care for a loved one at all stages of the disease.

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Hospice for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Hospice Care for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Beneficial Option for Advanced Stages The Basics: Benefits of Hospice for PD Patients: Addressing Potential Concerns: Collaboration and Communication: Resources for Physicians: Hospice care offers significant benefits for patients with advanced PD, providing expert symptom management, holistic support, and respect for patient autonomy.

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Hospice for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

AT Home Care & Hospice

Hospice Care for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Beneficial Option for Advanced Stages The Basics: Benefits of Hospice for PD Patients: Addressing Potential Concerns: Collaboration and Communication: Resources for Physicians: Hospice care offers significant benefits for patients with advanced PD, providing expert symptom management, holistic support, and respect for patient autonomy.

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Mount Sinai South Nassau Nurse Eileen Mahler Honored for Illustrious 45-Year Nursing Career

Daily Nurse

Eileen Mahler, PhD, RNC-OB, NE-BC, a resident of Oceanside, NY, was honored for her 45 years of service as a nurse at Mount Sinai South Nassau with a surprise retirement celebration. Hundreds of hospital staff attended the event, and Mahler was given a chauffeured ride home in a BMW convertible escorted by the Oceanside Fire Department Fire Engine. Daily Nurse has named Eileen Mahler Nurse of the Week for her illustrious 45-year nursing career and lifetime dedication to the nursing profession

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‘Upgrading’ the Medicare Hospice Benefit

Hospice News

The Medicare Hospice Benefit could use an “upgrade” to ensure greater flexibility that may be necessary to fully support patients’ needs. This is according to a recent editorial in Health Affairs by Cara L. Wallace, the Dorothy A. Votsmier Endowed Chair and a professor in the Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University, and Stephanie P. Wladkowski, the Larry and Patty Benz Professor and an associate professor of social work at Bowling Green State University.

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Walking the Path of Service: DNP Students Provide Foot Care for the Unhoused

AJN Off the Charts

TCU nurse practitioner students. “The importance of foot care for this population cannot be overstated.” In the heart of the Fort Worth, Texas, community, where the daily struggles of people without housing are vividly evident, a group of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) nurse practitioner (NP) students from Texas Christian University (TCU) has embarked on a journey to make a difference.

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Rethinking the Dementia Diagnosis Conversation

Responsive Home Care

A dementia diagnosis is never easy. It is the start of a difficult rollercoaster of emotions, all of which are heightened if the diagnosis is given starkly, without compassion or empathy. There are steps doctors can (and should) take when delivering a dementia diagnosis to ease the initial impact, empowering and equipping the individual and […] The post Rethinking the Dementia Diagnosis Conversation appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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First Spring Butterfly

Elaine Mansfield

On a rare sunny April afternoon, I sit on a round stone near Vic’s cairn and watch the nearby stream. The forest floor is brown with last fall’s leaves. I notice a flash of orange. A butterfly rests on a leaf in the middle of the path, opening and closing its wings while I fumble for my camera. It has deep curving indentations on the outer wings with a wingspan of two inches, about half the size of a Monarch but, from a distance, it has a similar intense orange.

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Tips for Assessing Your Unconscious Biases

Diversity Nursing

When you first meet someone, do you automatically judge that person based upon their weight, skin color, clothing, piercings, hairstyle, disability, speech, etc? Many people automatically infer a stereotype based on someone’s appearance. This is known as unconscious bias. Recognizing and addressing biases is not only crucial for Nurses to uphold the highest standards of care, but it's also a moral necessity in providing equitable and compassionate treatment to every patient.

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Safe Staffing Saves Lives

Daily Nurse

Just imagine you or a loved one were admitted to the hospital and had to wait an extended period to receive the care desperately needed. Would that sit right with you? It has been stated time and time again that there is a nationwide shortage of nurses, but is that the problem? Nursing, the largest healthcare profession within the U.S. with over 5 million active registered nurses , still needs to improve to maintain safe staffing ratios to improve patient care.

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Navigating New Requirements in the 2025 Proposed Hospice Rule

Hospice News

If the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed 2025 hospice rule is finalized as written, hospices may encounter some hurdles implementing some of the new requirements. CMS late last month issued its proposed hospice rule for 2025. The proposal called for a 2.6% increase in hospice per diem base rates, a number that many stakeholders say is insufficient in today’s economic climate.

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Narcotics and Bowl Obstructions for Hospice Patients

AT Home Care & Hospice

More than 1.7 million patients received hospice care annually in the United States. In the hospice setting, narcotics, often known as opioids, play an essential role in relieving pain and shortness of breath for our loved ones with a terminal illness. The use of narcotics in hospice care is generally safe and effective. However, healthcare The post Narcotics and Bowl Obstructions for Hospice Patients appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Narcotics and Bowl Obstructions for Hospice Patients

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

More than 1.7 million patients received hospice care annually in the United States. In the hospice setting, narcotics, often known as opioids, play an essential role in relieving pain and shortness of breath for our loved ones with a terminal illness. The use of narcotics in hospice care is generally safe and effective. However, healthcare The post Narcotics and Bowl Obstructions for Hospice Patients appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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The Importance of CPR Certification for Nurses: A Comprehensive Guide

Minority Nurse

Heart-stopping moments don’t just happen in the OR. As a nurse, you may be called upon in emergencies without access to an AED (automatic external defibrillator) or other equipment. Ensuring CPR certification means you are on hand with the knowledge to help save a life in or out of the hospital. Debunking 5 Big Myths About CPR Although most people know CPR and how it can save lives , wrong information often hinders effective aid.

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Lessons from nurses, reflections from the past

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

How fascinating was the solar eclipse this week? I am still in awe of the posts, shares and stories I hear about how the skilled nursing facilities embraced the day and found ways to allow those residing in their communities to experience this event. Regardless of age, physical ability or cognitive status, we all came together to provide a positive united event for our patients.

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Navy Nurse Lindsay Bender Advocates to Increase Mental Health Services for Brave Service Members

Daily Nurse

In a significant development for mental health services in the military, U.S. Navy Lieutenant j.g. Lindsay Bender demonstrated strong leadership and empathy in her contributions throughout her military career, particularly at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. This resulted in her being chosen to fill the critical leadership billet of Assistant Service Chief.

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Angela Hospice’s New Inpatient Facility; Hosparus Opens PACE Center

Hospice News

Angela Hospice’s New Senior Living Inpatient Facility Michigan-based Angela Hospice recently unveiled plans to open a new inpatient center at a senior living facility. Set to open this summer, the hospice facility will feature 15 patient beds at Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, Michigan. Expanding hospice care in the senior community will allow for improved support and care collaboration, according to Angela Hospice President and CEO Marti Coplai.

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Sharing Etiquette Wisdom (Redux)

Today's Caregiver

Last month, I wrote the article, The Caregiver Curmudgeon: Physicians Etiquette Edition about the challenges we face ensuring the healthcare system treats our loved ones with the respect they deserve.

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The challenges of Implementing evidence into practice: The case of lifting cushion use in care homes

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This weeks’ blog is by Fiona Cowdell, Professor of Nursing and Health Research (fiona.cowdell@bcu.ac.uk) and Judith Dyson, Professor of Implementation Science (judith.dyson@bcu.ac.uk) Preventing falls in care homes is policy and practice gold standard. But when falls happen, the protocol for many care homes in the UK is to call an ambulance. Sometimes an older person is waiting for many hours leading to complications 1.

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Time for some adventures

Together for Short Lives

If you haven’t already read it, check out Helena’s first blog where she announced her upcoming Churchill Fellowship. In this second blog instalment, she travels to Canada to start her fellowship, and spends a sunny weekend enjoying some sights before the real work begins… On 28 March I packed my bags and headed off to […] The post Time for some adventures appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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The Many Ways Nurses Can Become Champions of Sustainability

AJN Off the Charts

Putting concerns about the environment into practice. Matthew Lindsley Matthew Lindsley, MPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and is engaged in clinical trials as an oncology nurse at the National Institutes of Health. He spends his weekends working the soil, caring for animals, and volunteering with a sustainable agriculture initiative to improve the quality and resiliency of local food systems in his community.

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A Day in the Life: Spinal Cord/Multi Trauma Unit Nurse

Daily Nurse

What is it like to work as a nurse with patients who have injured their spinal cords or who have multiple traumas? Rashidat Larsah, BSN, RN, SCN I, knows firsthand from working at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute ’s Spinal Cord/Multi Trauma Unit. We asked her about her work. What follows is our interview, edited for length and clarity.

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Barriers to Expanding Perinatal Palliative Care, Hospice

Hospice News

A lack of trained staff and evolving health laws are among the leading barriers to expanding perinatal palliative and hospice care among underserved populations. Populations of color often see disparities when it comes to access to perinatal palliative and hospice care, according to Dr. Marilyn Fisher, physician at Albany Medical College, part of the New York-based Albany Med Health System.