Category: Hospice Care Team

Articles about the makeup of the hospice care team such as the bereavement coordinator, CNA’s, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Medical Directors and so on.

Hospice Nursing Visit frequencies: A Guide for New Hospice Nurses

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As a hospice nurse, determining the appropriate frequency of scheduled nurse visits for your patients is essential to providing effective and compassionate end-of-life care. Patients and their families often rely on your expertise to ensure their comfort and well-being during this sensitive time. In this article, we'll discuss suggested starting scheduled nurse visit frequencies, when to decrease or increase frequencies, and factors to consider based on patient acuity and changes in their condition.
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Traveling While on Hospice: Making the Most of Precious Moments Together

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As an experienced hospice nurse caring for terminally ill patients and their families, I understand the importance of making the most of the time you have left with your loved one. Traveling with a terminally ill family member can be a beautiful and meaningful experience, allowing you to create lasting memories together. In this article, I'll guide you through the process of traveling while on hospice and offer valuable tips for managing the journey for the best possible outcome
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Understanding the Role of a Hospice Volunteer Coordinator

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Hospice volunteer coordinators play a crucial role in ensuring that hospice patients receive the compassionate care and support they need during their end-of-life journey. In this article, we will explore the responsibilities of a hospice volunteer coordinator, address common misconceptions about hospice volunteers, and share insights from Hope Eberly, Volunteer Coordinator for Grane Hospice.
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The Hospice Liaison: A Key Role in Hospice Care

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This position involves being the first point of contact for families, patients, and facilities, making a lasting impression by offering both compassion and confidence in explaining hospice services. In this discussion, we will delve into the various aspects of the role of the Hospice Liaison brining insight from forever Christmas loving Kathy Naccarato, including its dynamic nature, your dedication to dispelling misconceptions, and the importance of building relationships within the healthcare community.
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The Hospice Chaplain

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In this article, we will explore the vital role of a hospice chaplain, as explained by Katherine Seiler, an experienced and compassionate hospice chaplain. Hospice chaplains play a significant role in providing emotional, social, and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families during their end-of-life journey.
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The Hospice Admission Nurse

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In this article, we delve into the world of hospice care with Andrew Viozzi, an adept hospice admission registered nurse. Andrew brings forth valuable insights about the hospice admission process and the broader spectrum of hospice care. Although Andrew's current position revolves around admissions, his extensive experience encompasses case management, preceptorship, mentorship, and the guidance of new hospice nurses. In this article, we dispel misconceptions, highlight the advantages of hospice care, outline the admission procedure, and emphasize the pivotal role of hospice in end-of-life care.
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The Unsung Heroes of Hospice Care: Celebrating the Vital Role of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)

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In the realm of hospice care, compassion and comfort take precedence. A team of skilled professionals comes together to offer comprehensive support to patients, their families, and caregivers. Among these essential contributors, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) stand out as unsung heroes, bringing immeasurable value to the field of hospice care. This article delves into the distinctive role CNAs play in hospice, their frequent and meaningful interactions, and their leadership within the hospice team.
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Empowering Hospice Nurses: Conquering Medicare Audits and Improving Documentation for Better Patient Care

Hospice Documentation Master Bundle
Don't let bureaucratic hurdles stand in the way of providing the best hospice care for your patients! The recent surge in audits and claim denials has put immense pressure on hospice nurses like us, but there's a way to turn the tide in our favor. "A Hospice Nurse's Guide to Hospice Documentation" and "A Supplemental Guide to Hospice Documentation" – essential tools developed by Shelley Henry, a seasoned expert in the field. These guides are part of the comprehensive Hospice Documentation Master Bundle that can revolutionize the way you document patient care. Imagine the satisfaction of knowing that your documentation is foolproof and supports the critical six month or less terminal prognosis. By following Shelley's expert advice, you can effectively communicate your patient's needs to third-party auditors and avoid those devastating claim denials that hurt both patients and your agency.
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Review of the Hospice Documentation Master Bundle

Hospice Documentation Master Bundle
Whether you are a new hospice nurse or an experienced one like me, I would hope that it is your desire to prove and support continued hospice eligibility for your patients and families. In my years as a hospice nurse, I've always felt the training on what words and phrases to use to support hospice eligibility was weak compared to the training received in other areas of nursing. Now, you have a means of getting the education you need in a very portable setup that you can take with you, use as you see fit, and bloom!
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Understanding HIS Requirements for Medicare in Hospice Care

One crucial aspect for new hospice nurses to grasp is the Hospice Item Set (HIS) requirements. In this article, I’ll explain the HIS requirements for Medicare, providing you with a comprehensive understanding to ensure compliance and quality care delivery.
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How Hospice RN Case Managers Can Reduce After-Hour Calls

I understand the challenges that patients and families face when receiving hospice services. One common issue that arises is the need for after-hour calls, which can add stress to an already demanding situation. However, with proactive care and effective communication, dayshift hospice RN case managers can play a crucial role in reducing after-hour calls and providing better support to patients and their families. Here’s how:
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What Hospice Nurses should assess every visit

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Hospice nurses play a vital role in providing quality care and comfort to patients who are terminally ill and their families. They need to make accurate and timely assessments of the patient’s condition, needs, and preferences every visit. This article will outline the key aspects that hospice nurses should assess every visit, in addition to the standard physical assessment.
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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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