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  • Awareness ·

Hospice Eligibility for Stroke Patients

Hospice Eligibility for Stroke Patients Some of the most common misconceptions about hospice care involve when it’s appropriate for a patient to elect hospice services and what diagnoses qualify a patient for hospice. People often assume hospice is only for cancer patients, but that is simply not true. You may be surprised to learn that stroke patients also qualify for hospice services. What is a Stroke? Strokes are the number five cause of death and a leading cause if disability in the United States. A stroke is defined as a disease that impacts the arteries leading to and within the…
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  • Get to Know Us ·

National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month Volunteers are an essential part of the hospice care team. The difference they make for our patients and their families is immeasurable. Whether it’s through direct care or administrative work behind the scenes, there are countless ways a hospice volunteer can help. We are beyond grateful for the incredible people who volunteer their time and talents to make a positive difference in our patients’ lives. In honor of National Volunteer Month, we’d like to recognize just a few of them. We asked our volunteers to share what made them decide to be a hospice volunteer and what…
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  • Awareness ·

Parkinson’s Awareness

Parkinson’s Awareness By: Dr. Laura Mantine Parkinson’s disease (PD) is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing nerve cells within the brain. The loss of dopamine causes symptoms like stiffness, slow movements, balance problems, and depression. There are certain specific motor symptoms that accompany Parkinson’s disease. A resting tremor happens when a body part, usually a hand or foot, shakes slightly when a person is not using it. Bradykinesia is whenmovements are extremely slow, and patients may have freezing episodes which are temporary, involuntary periods where a person is unable to move. A PD patient may also experience changes in speech, smaller handwriting due to…
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  • Awareness ·

Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month

April Is Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month By Jacquelyn Buffo, MS, LPC, CAADC Losing a loved one to a terminal illness is one of the most painful experiences you can go through. The loss of a spouse or partner is traumatic for many people, and the grief journey can feel overwhelming, confusing, and painful. However, each person grieves and works through the grieving process at their own pace and in their own way. If you are grieving the loss of a partner or spouse, you are not alone. The month of April is Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month, observed since 2008. Bereaved Spouses…
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  • Holidays & Events ·

National Doctors’ Day: Physicians & COVID

National Doctors’ Day: Physicians & COVID By: Laura Mantine, MD “Wear the white coat with dignity and pride, it is an honor and privilege to get to serve the public as a physician.” ― Bill H. Warren National Doctors’ Day Physicians display heroism and courage every day in hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. National Doctors’ Day, celebrated on March 30th, is an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help save lives everywhere. The holiday first started in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, and since then it has been honored every year. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr.…
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  • Education & Resources ·

Hospice Misconceptions

Hospice Misconceptions Hospice is a special type of care for those living with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less, should the disease run its natural course. It uses a team approach in which the care team focuses on the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Although over 1 million patients and families experienced the value of hospice firsthand in 2018 alone*, there are still a lot of misconceptions about hospice care. * https://www.nhpco.org/hospice-facts-figures/ Addressing Common Misconceptions A big part of hospice is education. We want to do all we can to educate our communities…
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  • Awareness ·

February is Full of Heart

February is Full of Heart By: Dr. Laura Mantine Love is all around this month, especially on Valentine’s Day, when we take time to turn to those closest to us and say those three magical words. However, if you have a loved one who suffers from advanced cardiac disease, one of the best ways to show how much you care may not come in a sentimental card or a box filled with chocolates. Instead, it may come from calling hospice. Oftentimes, people don’t realize that hospice care is an option for people who suffer from advanced cardiac disease. Instead, these…
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  • Get to Know Us ·

What Black History Month Means to Me

What Black History Month Means to Me By: Angelique Riley Meet Angelique My name is Angelique Riley, and I have been at Grane Hospice Care, King of Prussia (an Abode Healthcare and BrightSpring Health Services company), for a little over two and a half years. I joined Grane after spending twenty years managing Life Enrichment in Continuing Care Retirement Centers. I found Life Enrichment rewarding, but it was time to hang up that hat and move on to another venture. I chose to work in Hospice Care to share my natural gift of helping people during the most difficult time…
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  • Caregivers ·

Bringing Seniors Home from the Hospital

Bringing Seniors Home from the Hospital It can be stressful when an elderly loved one is admitted to a hospital or healthcare facility. You likely have a lot on your mind, and what to do when they are discharged may be one of the last things you are thinking about. However, it’s best to think about it early on so you are prepared to bring your loved one home. Ask Questions You won’t know if you don’t ask. Don’t be afraid to ask your medical team any questions you may have. There are no silly questions when it comes to…