Tag: Hospice Care

Articles about hospice care including how to manage comfort at end of life.

Understanding Ovarian Cancer: A Guide for Families

When a cherished family member receives an ovarian cancer diagnosis, the path ahead can feel daunting and complex. As a hospice registered nurse case manager specializing in empathetic end-of-life care, I am here to offer you clear and compassionate direction. In this article, we will discuss the anticipated stages of ovarian cancer, the transformations you may notice in your loved one, and effective methods to ensure optimal care from diagnosis to the journey's close.
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Encouraging Dementia Patients to Take a Bath or Shower: 3 Gentle Methods

As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, it's important to approach daily tasks, such as bathing, with patience, understanding, and empathy. Dementia can bring about changes in behavior and communication, making activities like showering or bathing challenging for both the patient and the caregiver. Here are three gentle methods to encourage a dementia patient to cooperate and take a bath or shower while maintaining their comfort and dignity.
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Understanding Thyroid Cancer: A Guide for Families

Thyroid cancer presents challenges not just for patients, but also for their families. My role is to be your guide, as a dedicated hospice registered nurse case manager, throughout the various stages of this disease. I'm here to equip you with the essential knowledge needed to provide compassionate care for your loved one. In this article, we will delve into what you should anticipate during the course of thyroid cancer, how to identify changes in your loved one's condition, and how to offer optimal care from the initial diagnosis to the end-of-life journey.
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Doctors Ignoring Family Concerns in Dementia Care

Welcome to our discussion on a topic close to many hearts: the care of our loved ones with dementia. When a family member is diagnosed with dementia, it feels like a part of them slowly fades away. But as they lose parts of themselves, your role in their life becomes even more crucial. This article isn’t just words on a page; it’s a beacon of hope and understanding, shining a light on why your voice, as a family member, is vital in the care of your loved one.
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Hospice Access for Undocumented Immigrants

Welcome to our guide on hospice care for undocumented immigrants. This article is crafted with the utmost empathy to support family members and caregivers as they navigate the complexities of end-of-life care. Our goal is to provide a clear understanding of hospice services and the unique challenges faced by undocumented immigrants during these tender moments.
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Understanding Repetitive Questions of Dementia Patients

using a white board to help dementia patients know the plan for today
When caring for a loved one with dementia, it's important to approach their needs with empathy and understanding. Dementia is a progressive condition that affects memory, thinking, and communication. As a caregiver or family member, it's crucial to adapt your communication style and strategies to best support your loved one. This article will guide you through the stages of dementia, address common symptoms like anxiety and agitation, provide techniques to reduce caregiver burnout, create a calm environment, and effectively respond to repetitive questions.
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Understanding Hospice Eval and Treat Orders

Provider Order To Eval And Treat For Hospice
In the world of healthcare, when a provider writes an order to "Eval and Treat" for hospice, they are asking for a thorough evaluation and a tailored treatment plan. This is specifically meant for patients who are being considered for hospice care. Let's delve into what this means and why it's crucial. What Does "Eval and Treat" for Hospice Mean?
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Understanding and Caring for Your Loved One with Pancreatic Cancer

Dealing with a loved one's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can feel overwhelming but remember that you are not alone in this journey. As an experienced hospice nurse specializing in compassionate care, I am here to support and guide you through the process, providing you with the information you need to understand what to expect as the disease progresses and how to provide the best care for your loved one at every stage.
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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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Hospice Nursing Visit frequencies: A Guide for New Hospice Nurses

color coded hospice staff visit calendar
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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Understanding and Caring for Your Loved One with Prostate Cancer

Navigating the path of prostate cancer can be challenging for both patients and their families. As a hospice registered nurse case manager specializing in end-of-life care, I am here to offer you crucial information, guidance, and unwavering support. In this article, we will delve into the journey of prostate cancer, equipping you with insights about what to anticipate, how to identify changes in your loved one's condition, and the optimal approaches to caregiving from diagnosis to end-of-life. Throughout this article, my aim is to present information in a clear, empathetic manner that resonates with your needs and comprehension.
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