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  • Education & Resources ·

Tips for Healthy Aging

Tips for Healthy Aging According to the National Institute on Aging, 61% of Americans aged 65 or older have multiple chronic conditions. Aging is an inevitable part of life. There’s no avoiding it, but there are things we can do to age in a healthy manner. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we are sharing some tips for focusing on healthy aging. What is healthy aging? There are several components to consider when thinking about healthy aging. There is the obvious one: physical health. But it is also important to focus on others like mental health, social health, and even…
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Hospice Care for Ovarian Cancer Patients

Hospice Care for Ovarian Cancer Patients By: Laura Mantine, MD What is ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is cancer that grows in a woman’s ovaries. Damaged or deformed cells start to grow out of control. Although treatment has a high rate of success if the cancer is found at an early stage, in many cases it isn’t discovered until advanced stages when the cancer is harder to treat. A biopsy, or small surgery, is often performed when ovarian cancer is suspected. This is done to confirm the disease by taking tissue and fluid samples for analysis. Some ovarian tumors are benign,…
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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month According to the CDC, in a typical year, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis and nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of it. So, what exactly is sepsis and who is at risk? In honor of Sepsis Awareness Month, we want to answer these important questions.   What is sepsis? Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection and can be life-threatening. Your immune system works to protect you from infections and fight off any that occur, but it’s possible for it to have an overreactive response to infection. Symptoms…
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Benefits of Yoga for Hospice Patients

Benefits of Yoga for Hospice Patients We’ve all heard how good yoga is for you, but have you ever thought about the benefits of yoga for hospice patients? Yoga is defined as a spiritual discipline that is widely practiced for health and relaxation that includes breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures. All of these things can be used to help hospice patients and their families navigate through an emotionally stressful time. A brief history of yoga Yoga is a combination of spiritual, mental, and physical practices that originated in ancient India approximately 5,000 years ago. It was originally…
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  • Caregivers ·

Caregiver Stress Awareness in Hospice Care

Caregiver Stress Awareness in Hospice Care By: Joelle Jean, FNP Caring for a loved one who is terminally ill and on hospice is emotionally and physically taxing. In 2015, an estimated 39.8 million caregivers provided unpaid care to an adult with a disability or illness. The estimated value of the service supplied by caregivers is up to $470 billion since 2013. Caregivers may deny help from others, perhaps out of guilt or obligation. However, 1 out of 6 caregivers report not being asked what they need to care for themselves. Caregivers can work up to 8.3 hours per day or…
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Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference?

Hospice and Palliative Care: What’s the Difference? The terms ‘hospice’ and ‘palliative’ care often get confused. Although they are similar, there are differences between these two types of care. What is hospice care? The focus of hospice care is on quality of life when a cure is no longer possible or when the burden of treatment outweighs the benefits. In general patients receiving hospice services have a life-expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its usual course. Many people think hospice care is just for elderly people or cancer patients, but that is not the case. Hospice…
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Reiki: A Modern Yet Ancient Healing & Relaxation Practice

Reiki: A Modern Yet Ancient Healing & Relaxation Practice By: Genna Hulme, Certified Nursing Assistant Today is National Relaxation Day; and while we could talk to you about reading your favorite book in a bathtub full of bubbles, we are instead going to share with you an ancient healing and relaxation practice that is becoming widespread again: Reiki. What is Reiki? Reiki is a very unique form of energetic healing. Using the body’s natural energy flow, it has the ability to balance out disrupted or distorted energy in and around the body’s energetic field. This makes the client feel generally…
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Hospice and Nursing Homes

Hospice and Nursing Homes By: Dr. Margarita David DNP, RN Having a hospice provider working as a partner with a nursing home may improve the quality of care a nursing home resident receives during end of life. Many studies have shown that having a hospice presence in nursing homes reduces hospital readmissions, improves the facility’s performance scores, and facilitates conversation between the resident and their families regarding end-of-life treatment options. The difference between nursing homes and hospice When a loved one’s health condition declines, the decision to transition to comfort care is not an easy one. However, before a decision…
  • Grief ·

Five Stages of Grief

Five Stages of Grief Losing someone we love leaves us with feelings of unbearable pain, and while everyone grieves differently, there are five stages of grief that most people go through after experiencing a loss. Very Well Mind describes the five stages as follows. Denial The first stage of the grief process is denial. In this stage, we are trying to process the reality of the loss of our loved one. When we hear the phrase ‘denial,’ we assume it means we are attempting to pretend the loss does not exist. While this is denial, it is only a part…