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  • Caregivers ·

Caregiver Stress Awareness in Hospice Care

Caregiver Stress Awareness in Hospice Care By: Joelle Jean, FNP Caring for a loved one who is terminally ill and on hospice is emotionally and physically taxing. In 2015, an estimated 39.8 million caregivers provided unpaid care to an adult with a disability or illness. The estimated value of the service supplied by caregivers is up to $470 billion since 2013. Caregivers may deny help from others, perhaps out of guilt or obligation. However, 1 out of 6 caregivers report not being asked what they need to care for themselves. Caregivers can work up to 8.3 hours per day or…
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  • Education & Resources ·

Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference?

Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference? The terms ‘hospice’ and ‘palliative’ care often get confused. Although they are similar, there are differences between these two types of care. What is hospice care? The focus of hospice care is on quality of life when a cure is no longer possible or when the burden of treatment outweighs the benefits. In general patients receiving hospice services have a life-expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its usual course. Many people think hospice care is just for elderly people or cancer patients, but that is not the case. Hospice…
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  • Education & Resources ·

Reiki: A Modern Yet Ancient Healing & Relaxation Practice

Reiki: A Modern Yet Ancient Healing & Relaxation Practice By: Genna Hulme, Certified Nursing Assistant Today is National Relaxation Day; and while we could talk to you about reading your favorite book in a bathtub full of bubbles, we are instead going to share with you an ancient healing and relaxation practice that is becoming widespread again: Reiki. What is Reiki? Reiki is a very unique form of energetic healing. Using the body’s natural energy flow, it has the ability to balance out disrupted or distorted energy in and around the body’s energetic field. This makes the client feel generally…
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  • Education & Resources ·

Hospice and Nursing Homes

Hospice Services for Nursing Facilities By: Dr. Margarita David DNP, RN Having a hospice provider working as a partner with a nursing home may improve the quality of care a nursing home resident receives during end of life. Many studies have shown that having a hospice presence in nursing homes reduces hospital readmissions, improves the facility’s performance scores, and facilitates conversation between the resident and their families regarding end-of-life treatment options. The difference between nursing homes and hospice When a loved one’s health condition declines, the decision to transition to comfort care is not an easy one. However, before a…
  • Awareness ·

National Wellness Month

National Wellness Month Did you know August is National Wellness Month? Although we all know we should always try to make wellness a priority, at times we drop the ball. Unfortunately, sometimes focusing on wellness takes a back seat to everything else in our busy lives. This is what makes August the perfect opportunity to re-focus on our wellness and kick start a healthy lifestyle. Don’t know where to start? No worries, we’ve put together a list of five simple habits to incorporate into your routine each day! Drink more water Health experts often recommend we follow the 8×8 rule:…
  • Get to Know Us ·

Employee Spotlight: Stephanie, LPN

Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Shepherd, LPN It takes a special person to be a hospice nurse, and we are lucky enough to work with these special people every single day. Today, we want to shine a spotlight on one of the incredible LPNs on our team, Stephanie Shepherd.  Stephanie has been part of the Premier team for three years, and her dedication to her patients and their families is just one of the many reasons we are proud to have her on our team. In her own words Thank you, Stephanie! Thank you, Stephanie, for your commitment to your patients and…
  • Education & Resources ·

What Makes a Good Hospice Volunteer?

What Makes a Good Hospice Volunteer? By: Dr. Margarita David DNP, RN People become hospice volunteers for many reasons. For some, volunteering is a form of gratitude for the help they received when a loved one was ill, and others volunteer as a way of making a difference in their community. Hospice volunteers are an essential part of the hospice care team as their support and care can make a difference in dying patients’ and their families’ lives. Why do hospices need volunteers? Hospice patients and families usually perceive volunteers as regular members of their local community because that is…
  • Awareness ·

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day 2021: Hepatitis Can’t Wait World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on July 28th each year to raise awareness for the global problem of viral hepatitis. What is hepatitis? Most often caused by a viral infection, hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A Transmission: Mainly spread through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Often widespread in countries with a lack of safe water and poor sanitation. Prevention: Treatment within a few weeks of exposure can also bring short term immunity.…
  • Education & Resources ·

CHF & Hospice – Does it Qualify?

Congestive Heart Failure and Hospice – Does it Qualify? By: Elizabeth Townsend, RN Congestive heart failure happens when the heart muscle begins to not pump blood as it should. Conditions of congestive heart failure, such as narrowed heart arteries or continuous high blood pressure, eventually weaken the heart and make it unable to pump the blood throughout the body. This will result in fluid retention in the heart and lungs. What criteria must be met for CHF patients and hospice care? Progressive decline in status Continuous weight loss Weakness and fatigue Other uncontrolled symptoms such as shortness of breath and…