Category: Hospice at Home

Articles about hospice services provided in a private home setting where typically one or more family members are the primary caregivers.

Advocating for your loved one on Hospice Services

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When someone you love is extremely sick and needs hospice care, you may feel scared, sad, or angry. You may not know what to do or how to help them. You are not alone. Many people go through this challenging time. As a hospice nurse, I have met many families who have loved ones in hospice. Some of them are continually active and involved in their care. They ask questions, make decisions, and speak up for their needs. Others are more passive and trusting. They let the doctors, nurses, and staff do whatever they think is best. They don’t say much or ask for anything. Who do you think gets better care for their loved ones? The active ones or the passive ones?
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Optimizing Hospice Respite Care: A Comprehensive Guide for Families

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Caring for a loved one who has a terminal illness can be extremely rewarding, but also particularly challenging. You may feel exhausted, overwhelmed, or isolated by the demands of caregiving. You may also feel guilty or anxious about taking a break from your loved one. But you deserve some time to rest, recharge, and take care of yourself. That is why hospice respite care can be a great option for you and your loved one. Hospice respite care is a service that allows you to temporarily place your loved one in a facility, such as a hospital, nursing home, or hospice house, where they can receive professional care and support. You can use this time to do whatever you need or want to do, such as sleeping, working, running errands, visiting friends, or enjoying a hobby. Respite care can last up to five days at a time.
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Understanding Respite Care for Your Terminally Ill Loved One

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I understand how challenging and emotionally taxing it can be to provide constant care to someone you love deeply. I have cared for many terminally ill patients, and I know how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves too. That's where respite care comes in—a crucial resource that can help you find much-needed relief and support during this difficult journey. What is Respite Care?
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Helping Your Loved One Transition to Memory Care with Compassion

Memory care admission can be a challenging journey, especially when a family member is grappling with dementia. This transition demands not only logistical considerations but also a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological aspects involved. As an experienced hospice nurse, I've encountered numerous families navigating this path, and here's a guide to compassionately help your loved one with dementia transition to a memory care unit.
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Considering Home Hospice vs. Hospice at a Facility: Making an Informed Decision

Where Do Most Hospice Patients Receive Hospice Care
Deciding on end-of-life care for a loved one is a challenging and emotional process. One major decision to make is whether to opt for home hospice or hospice care at a facility. Both options have their advantages and drawbacks, and understanding the pros and cons can help families make an informed choice. Here, we'll explore the pros and cons for each option and provide key questions that families should ask themselves to aid in their decision-making process.
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Why Patients with Dementia Thrive in a Family Home Setting

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As an experienced hospice registered nurse case manager specializing in compassionate end-of-life care, I've had the privilege of working closely with terminally ill patients, including those battling dementia. Through years of dedicated service, I've observed a significant difference in the well-being and quality of life for dementia patients in family home settings versus facility-based care. In this article, we'll explore the reasons why patients with dementia often experience better outcomes in the comfort of a family home.
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What Does Hospice in a Home Setting Look Like?

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Caring for a terminally ill loved one can be a challenging journey, but with the right support and understanding, you can help ensure they experience a comfortable and dignified end of life. Hospice care offers specialized medical and emotional support during this time. This guide aims to empower families new to hospice services by providing essential information on what to expect from a hospice provider and how to manage the journey towards a good death.
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The Hospice Nursing Visit from a Nursing Perspective — Home Patients

This article is intended to help new visiting hospice nurses who are struggling to maintain work-life balance who may have been told by others their visits are either too long or being questioned why they are taking work home with them. This article will deal strictly with home patients though the bulk of the tips will apply to almost any type of patient or visit.
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Educating families on reporting changes of condition

Illness Trajectories And Palliative Care
When someone you love is very sick and may not get better, you want to do everything you can to make them comfortable and happy. Sometimes, you may notice that they are acting differently or feeling worse. This is called a change of condition. Some changes of condition are very serious and need to be reported to the hospice provider right away. Other changes of condition are less urgent and can be written down in a journal until the next nursing visit. This article will help you learn how to tell the difference and what to do.
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What exactly does home hospice cover?

Hospice care is a vital service that provides compassionate and specialized support to individuals with life-limiting illnesses, particularly when they choose to receive care at home. Understanding what home hospice covers is essential for patients and their families to ensure comprehensive and personalized end-of-life care. This article aims to shed light on the various aspects of home hospice care, including medications, durable medical equipment, staffing support, and the expertise offered in managing the natural dying process. By delving into these details, individuals can make informed decisions and better comprehend the valuable assistance that hospice care provides during this sensitive time.
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Fall Reduction – Reducing Falls in Personal Care Homes and Private Homes

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Falls among the elderly can have severe consequences, including hip fractures, which can be life-threatening. As an experienced hospice registered nurse case manager, I understand the importance of fall prevention, especially in private homes, personal care homes, and assisted living facilities. This article aims to provide practical tips for reducing falls in these settings by following the nursing process: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
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