Great volunteers are essential for exceptional hospice care, but building a world-class volunteer program requires strategy, tactics, and a change in mindset for some.
What exactly is Candida auris and how is it different from the traditional, rather mild fungal infections that healthcare professionals in the post-acute industry are used to treating? Stay alert and learn what you need to know about Candida auris.
Taking care of someone at the end of life is different than taking care of someone who is going to get better. Most people don’t know this, including, maybe particularly, people working in healthcare.
Providing care in the right place, at the right time, and by the right provider can only be possible by working together across the health care continuum—and it starts with clear communication and education.
Let’s face it: we all get tired, distracted, and a little noncompliant during the holidays. So what can you do as a post-acute healthcare professional to keep your patients safer as they celebrate the holiday season and potentially expose themselves to increased risks for emergent and/or inpatient treatment?
Clients and patients who use home health, home care, and hospice want to honor you, and at what better time than the holidays? But where do we draw the line? When do we stop being healthcare professionals, and become friends, or extended family, to our patients and clients?
For many of us, the opportunity to journey with others as they face serious illness and the end of life in their own unique way is what drew us to hospice in the first place. Will the need to report the same data on every patient mean that individualized care must go by the wayside? Let’s explore that concern a bit.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published the inaugural report for the Hospice Care Index. Are you diving into your results or delaying even taking a peek?
Creating Connections to Enhance Person-Centered Care for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Related Disorders
While medical records tell the story of the Alzheimer’s patient, they do not tell the story of the person. You can better honor those lost in dementia symptoms by making the types of connections with people that make person-centered care so effective.
The benefit of having a strong relationship between nurse and nursing assistant is priceless. From professional caregivers to certified nursing assistants, the nurse's relationship with these key staff members can impact overall job satisfaction and the quality of care clients and patients receive.
It is easy for all healthcare providers to be “givers” and share their compassion willingly as they care for patients and families. But what about the professional home care and hospice caregivers who create these amazing impacts on all of their patients and families. Are we checking on them?
The OIG announced a new focused audit that will be conducted in FY 2023. The audit focuses on beneficiary eligibility for hospice services in the absence of a recent hospital encounter. How will your organization respond to this news?