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Death is the natural end result of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier, especially for the families of hospice patients. While family members may have come to terms with the eventual outcome of hospice care and are confident that staff are doing everything they can to comfort and care for their loved ones, […]Read More
It’s no exaggeration to say that the pandemic has fundamentally changed hospice and home health care.1 And while some of these changes are a net positive, such as the shift to telehealth and the increased focus on patient-centered care, others pose a significant challenge for providers. With the right approach, however, it’s possible for organizations […]Read More
When it comes to the pandemic, the word “positive” doesn’t have a great reputation. For hospice and home health providers especially, rising COVID positivity rates and ensuing restrictions created substantial challenges. According to a recent study of pandemic impacts on U.S. hospice agencies, nearly one-third of providers reported negative effects on patient outcomes related to […]Read More
While President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) Act met Senate defeat in December 2021 after an incredibly close vote, there’s still hope that some version of the original may pass later this year. But if that happens, what does it mean for hospice and home health providers? Where does the BBB impact their day-to-day operations […]Read More
If there’s one thing the pandemic has made abundantly clear, it’s that we can never go back to the way things were. For hospice and home health providers, the last two years have seen staff pushed to the brink — and beyond — as they coped with massive stress, minimal resources, and continually-moving restrictions. Technology […]Read More
Massage therapy offers benefits beyond the relaxation of muscles and the reduction of stress. Research from palliative care settings found that massage therapy produced a “favorable influence” in managing pain, anxiety, and depression among patients.1 For hospices, massage therapy offers an additional pathway to comprehensive, patient-centered care that treats the entire individual for best results. What […]Read More
The death of a loved one is devastating for families. As noted by recent research, a “sizable minority” of family members who lose loved ones in hospice care will experience bereavement-related mental health ailments such as depression or anxiety, while another study points to the significant impacts of parents’ death in hospice or home care […]Read More
Stress can be a significant challenge for hospice staff. Recent research found that more than a quarter of hospice caregivers struggled with emotional exhaustion, while 30 percent reported problems with depersonalization.1 It makes sense: The nature of hospice care requires staff to strike a balance between their personal and professional lives, but the effort involved […]Read More
Recent research puts it simply: “Population health community-based models of palliative care can result in more compassionate, affordable, and sustainable high-quality care.”1 But what exactly is community palliative care? What value does it offer hospice providers — and patients — and how can hospices create effective community based-frameworks? Let’s dive in. What is Community-Based Palliative […]Read More
Virtual reality (VR) is gaining ground as the technologies needed to support VR applications evolve. From immersive video games to military training exercises and new product design, virtual solutions are making very real inroads.1 When it comes to healthcare, meanwhile, adoption has been slower — healthcare VR adoption has largely focused on visualization patients’ internal anatomy […]Read More