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Obstacles and Opportunities for Palliative Care in the ICU

Hospice News

A growing body of research touts the benefits of palliative care for patients, families, and even providers. However, when evaluated through randomized clinical trials, the results tend to lean toward mediocre. Palliative Care News spoke with experts in the field to unpack the reasons behind those results and identify the obstacles that are getting in the way of a more effective approach.

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GeriPal 300th Episode: Ask Me Anything Hot Ones Style

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Please join Eric and Alex in person for the GeriPal pub crawl at the AAHPM/HPNA annual assembly in Phoenix, Thursday night 3/21 8PM. Starting bar TBD, look for the GeriPal post, and follow #HPMParty on Twitter to keep us as we crawl! ** Today we celebrate eight years, around 2 million listens, and 300 podcasts! Eric and I take questions from you, our listeners, about: why we podcast, our most controversial podcast, which podcast changed our practice, favorite song req

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Learning ways to calm distress can change your life!

Life & Death Matters

Written by Misha Butot It seems that all of us, young and old, will at times feel confused, upset, and filled with uncertainty when faced with a life-limiting illness or facing death. At those times it can be especially helpful to have someone with us who is able to listen to us and help by […] The post Learning ways to calm distress can change your life!

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Tell me how I can help: Meet a hospice social worker

HopeHealth

“What would you like us to know about you, so we can care for you the way you want to be cared for?” Hospice social worker Laura McGuire usually asks patients this first. It’s just the beginning. The post Tell me how I can help: Meet a hospice social worker appeared first on HopeHealth.

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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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Elevate Podcast Episode #32: Domestic Violence, Abuse, Trauma in Hospice

Hospice News

This episode features a discussion about the ways that pervasive experiences of domestic violence, abuse and trauma affect hospice and palliative care patients. Hospice News Reporter Holly Vossel speaks with Carole Fisher, president of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), and Dr. Cameron Muir, chief innovation officer at NPHI, about the different ways hospices can shape their trauma-informed care delivery approaches.

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Our reaction to the Parliamentary report on assisted dying

Together for Short Lives

Yesterday (Thursday 29 February) the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee published its inquiry report on assisted dying and assisted suicide This is an extremely complex issue with many ethical and moral questions at its heart, not to mention the understandably strong emotions it evokes across all parts of society. As the […] The post Our reaction to the Parliamentary report on assisted dying appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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A Haven of Rest: The Nurse’s Guide to Building a Soothing and Comfortable Home Sanctuary 

Daily Nurse

Natural materials, indoor plants, and essential oils are simple yet effective ways to turn your home into a soothing and comfortable sanctuary. Even the simple addition of houseplants has been found to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve overall state of mind. Unfortunately, chronic occupational stress and burnout occur daily among nurses due to long shifts, high workload, and low staffing levels, with difficulty relaxing and disconnecting from work being a key symptom, a study in

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4 Key Trends for Hospices to Watch in 2024

Hospice News

Hospice operators in 2024 are navigating a rapidly transforming environment. The prior three years have laid the groundwork for change, particularly in the regulatory space as well as gradual migration towards value-based reimbursement and in tandem, the proliferation of business lines beyond hospice. Meanwhile, providers are also rolling with the ups-and-downs of a market ripe for further consolidation after 2023’s M&A slump as workforce headwinds persist.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Kimberly Cook

Minority Nurse

Kimberly Cook, RN, BSN, is a highly accomplished nurse leader with a 30-year career in the healthcare industry. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a nursing degree and became a nurse in the Army early in her career. During wartime, Cook showed her dedication and commitment to patient care, which instilled in her a profound sense of duty, resilience, and an unwavering ability to thrive under pressure.

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Anger Management

Today's Caregiver

At a recent Fearless Caregiver Conference, so many issues of importance to caregivers were raised that it could take up five columns, but I thought I would touch on one that is surprisingly not mentioned enough by event attendees – anger

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NHPCO Recognizes Participants Who Earned Health Equity Certificates in 2023 Project Echo: Equity Where It Matters Series

NHPCO

For Immediate Release February 27, 2024 (Alexandria, Va) – In 2023, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) hosted the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) series, Equity Where It Matters , consisting of bimonthly sessions on a wide variety of topics related to increasing access to equitable serious illness and end-of-life care.

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Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pediatric Program Doubles Nursing Workforce as Census Grows

Hospice News

Despite obstacles to expanding pediatric hospice care, Community Hospice & Palliative Care, has seen its program’s census and workforce grow. The Florida-based provider is an affiliate of Alivia Care Inc. Its pediatric program, dubbed Community PedsCare, has been more than 20 years in the making. First launched in 2000, the program spans a five-county region across northeastern and north central portions of the state, serving seriously ill patients from prenatal to age 21.

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Disaster Care, Brain Drain, More: Recommended Reading in AJN’s March Issue

AJN Off the Charts

The March issue of AJN is now live. “Nurses play a critical role in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery,” says Linda M. MacIntyre, PhD, RN, PHN, FAAN, chief nurse of the American Red Cross (see On the Cover ). Two articles in this month’s issue address disaster care: “Enhancing Disaster Management Preparedness Through Simulation,” which describes a mock disaster drill for nursing students in which volunteers acted as earthquake victims and local emergency medical personnel acce

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Can Hospitality Cure the Woes of Healthcare? 

Daily Nurse

Have you ever wondered about the similarity between “hospital” and “hospitality”? Is this a coincidence, or can we identify how they’re connected? Maybe we can also discover how hospitality concepts could help repair the broken relationship between the healthcare system and its patients. Healthcare revolves around the delivery of patient care. Thus, customer service and satisfaction must play a role in its success.

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How do I know if my aging loved one is getting enough nutrition?

Living Assistance Services

If you help care for an aging parent, you probably spend a significant amount of time thinking about their needs, comfort and overall.

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Stakeholder Support Grows for Hospice Patient Transfusions Legislation

Hospice News

Stakeholders are closely eying the legislative journey of a bill designed to improve access to blood transfusion services among hospice patients. If enacted, it could affect hospices’ ability to measure quality. Providing terminally ill patients with greater blood transfusion access could result in improved outcomes and hospice utilization, according to Dr.

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A Shining Light Breaking Through the Storm

Elaine Mansfield

“But you’re bound to lose If you let the blues get you scared to feel And I feel like I’m just being born Like a shiny light breaking in a storm There are so many reasons why I love him” Joni Mitchell, “Willy” “I wish I could do this for you,” Vic said. “I want to give you a break.” He caressed my sweaty brow as another contraction burst over my body.

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Caring for Critical Hearts: Meet Sarah Cazenave, Cardiac ICU Nurse

Daily Nurse

Sarah Cazenave is a BSN, RN, and CCRN who works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Children’s Hospital New Orleans (CHNOLA). She takes care of the most critical cardiac patients at the hospital. Her cousin, Brooks, was born with only half of a functioning heart and had to undergo a staged surgical plan of 3 surgeries at CHNOLA. The care he received inspired Cazenave to become a Cardiac ICU nurse at the same hospital.

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Celebrating Mental Health Nurses’ Day 2024

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

Wednesday 21 February 2024 in the UK marked its 6 th annual Mental Health Nurses’ Day. The day promotes and celebrates the unique and valuable role played by mental health nurses to health and wellbeing. There are approximately 300,000 mental health nurses worldwide and they represent the largest proportion of staff in the mental health care workforce with responsibility for patient care 1.

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Staffing, Capacity Gains ‘Catapult’ Growth at VITAS

Hospice News

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! Capacity gains driven by a slate of new hires has propelled VITAS Healthcare to pre-pandemic performance. A bonus program implemented last year has accelerated hiring, which in turn has relieved some of the capacity constraints that have been a stumbling block for several quarters running.The initiative included a one-ti

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Flying V: Lessons for the interdisciplinary team

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

If there has been a theme in my world this month, it is the art of asking for help. Not just asking for help but doing so with the confidence of knowing I am surrounded by team members ready to step in at a moment’s notice. “I need help with an interview. Can you let me know if this candidate will jive well with us?” “I need HELP quick! I have double booked Zooms.

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National Social Work Month

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

National Social Work Month Some patients can head home after an office visit or hospitalization, pick up their prescriptions, and manage follow-up appointments and care. Others may need a lot more help. When they do, medical social workers can provide valuable insight and access to resources. Whether patients need home health services or end-of-life care, The post National Social Work Month appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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National Social Work Month

AT Home Care & Hospice

National Social Work Month Some patients can head home after an office visit or hospitalization, pick up their prescriptions, and manage follow-up appointments and care. Others may need a lot more help. When they do, medical social workers can provide valuable insight and access to resources. Whether patients need home health services or end-of-life care, The post National Social Work Month appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Frontpoint Health Acquires High Plains Senior Care Group

Hospice News

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! Frontpoint Health has completed its acquisition of the Texas-based home health and hospice company High Plains Senior Care Group (HPSC). Financial terms were undisclosed. Frontpoint, a portfolio company of Cimarron Healthcare Capital and Tacoma Holdings, is an emerging provider of home health, hospice, palliative and per

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A CRNA Career Path: Meet Bijal Chaturvedi

Minority Nurse

Nurses considering a career in nurse anesthesiology know the role is complex and demands a high level of critical thinking and commitment. The career path, in which many certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) obtain a doctor of nursing practice degree, also offers a high salary and an upward projection of job openings. With a dynamic mix of clinical practice and the capability to work in many settings, nurse anesthetists find a rewarding career.

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Chair Yoga for Seniors

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

5 Amazing Benefits of Chair Yoga for Seniors Chair yoga for seniors stands out as a beacon of hope, offering a gentle yet effective way to improve flexibility, strength, and mental well-being. In a world where exercise is often synonymous with high-intensity workouts, chair yoga emerges as a serene alternative, especially designed for those who seek to maintain their health and vitality into their golden years.

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Now Available: Professional Listening Artist Training

The Caregiving Years Training Academy

As a Professional Listening Artist, you offer an innovative, significant and supportive service. You create the space for clients to release and vent as they receive your gift of listening. Professional Listening Artists provide a very specific yet valuable supportive service: Listening. An appropriate client will be an individual who benefits from sharing and venting after a difficult day, during a stressful experience or as part of an ongoing self-care routine.

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CareAcademy Launches Hospice Curriculum

Hospice News

The online clinical training platform CareAcademy has developed a hospice care curriculum. The new curriculum is designed to offer “foundational orientation training” for hospice aides, nurses, volunteers, social workers, chaplains and other spiritual care providers, as well as physicians. It covers the essentials of delivering end-of-life care in the home and compliance with regulatory requirements.

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The Power of Connection: Elevating Employee Resource Group Engagement and Community

Happy Healthy Caregiver

Once you have your Employee Resource Group for family caregivers at your company, how do you maximize the engagement and supercharge your community with support and resources? [If you haven’t created a Caregiver ERG yet, start with this post: Beginner’s Guide: Launching a Working Caregiver Employee Resource Group.] When I co-led my company’s Women’s ERG, … The Power of Connection: Elevating Employee Resource Group Engagement and Community Read More » The post T

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Home Care Nurse or In-Home Personal Caregiver?

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Home Care Nurse or In-Home Personal Caregiver? In today’s aging society, more seniors are choosing to age in place, favoring the familiarity and comfort of their own homes over the institutional setting of assisted living or nursing facilities. This shift brings to the forefront a critical decision for seniors and their families: determining the need for a home care nurse versus an in-home personal caregiver.

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Evidence-based Practice in Nursing: Why It Matters to Nurses and Their Patients

Minority Nurse

Most nurses are familiar with evidence-based practice (EBP), using research-proven healthcare techniques to enhance patient care and the nursing environment and practices. And the benefits of EBP-led care are well documented. However, with all the positive results, EBP must consistently be taught or implemented in daily nursing practice. Despite various studies that show the benefits of evidence-based practice for nurses, patients, and healthcare organizations, adopting the practice could be m

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St. Croix Hospice Expands in Iowa

Hospice News

St. Croix Hospice has opened a de novo in the Clarinda, Iowa, community. As part of its growth strategy, St. Croix Hospice often looks for markets in which hospice utilization is comparatively low, including historically underserved rural communities, St. Croix Hospice Founder and CEO Heath Bartness previously told Hospice News. The Minnesota-headquartered hospice provider is a portfolio company of the private equity firm H.I.G.

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Transitioning to Supported Care

Home With Help

As our loved ones age, initiating conversations about their care can be challenging yet crucial. Supported care for aging loved ones is inevitable. Effective communication lays the foundation for a harmonious transition into the next phase of life. Understanding how to maneuver around this difficult discussion can be challenging for all parties involved: the elderly, the family members, and the caretakers.

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Caring for Abusive Parents

Chicago Caregiving

When abusive parents need caregiving, adult children often face a difficult decision. A contract often exists between parents and children, whether spoken or not: Parents protect and care for their child when the child is most vulnerable, and in return, the child as an adult cares for their parents in their old age. But what happens when parents break that contract by abusing or neglecting their child?

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Reverse Mortgage Myths and Facts

Elder Care Matters

Reverse Mortgage Myths and Facts There are a lot of myths about what a reverse mortgage is and what it actually does. In this article you will be provided with the facts about a reverse mortgage loan and how it can benefit you. Myth: You immediately sign over ownership to your home. Fact: You retain title to… The post Reverse Mortgage Myths and Facts appeared first on Elder Care Directory - ElderCareMatters.com.

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BrightSpring Poised for Deals, Expansion Following IPO

Hospice News

BrightSpring Health Services (NASDAQ: BTSG) is poised for further expansion following its successful initial public offering (IPO) that was completed in January. BrightSpring is a home- and community-based health care services platform that serves more than 400,000 patients daily. The company indicated its intent to go public in a Jan. 3 filing with the U.S.

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