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St. Joseph Hospice

Through attentive hospice and general inpatient care, including the latest in palliative care, St. Joseph Hospice provides peace, comfort, and dignity to those facing terminal illness. Our healthcare team is committed to helping patients welcome each day with the hope and expectation of tomorrow. Established in 2002 and named in honor of the Patron Saint of a Peaceful Death, St. Joseph Hospice embraces the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of both the patient and his or her family.

St. Joseph Hospice supports disaster relief and offers education and resources to communities across the south through The Carpenter Foundation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Your personnel were like family members caring for their beloved ones.

—Family member of a St. Joseph Hospice patient

St. Joseph Hospice has service hubs and offices throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Southeast Texas, and South Alabama. As part of the continuum of care provided by The Carpenter Health Network, we provide specialized palliative care and respite care according to individuals’ evolving needs.

What is Hospice and Palliative Care?

Always approached with our patients’ spiritual health as well as their physical comfort in mind, our hospice, palliative, and respite care services include the following:

  • Provide pain and symptom management
  • Provide medications, equipment, and supplies related to the terminal illness
  • Coordinate with physicians to decrease the need for 911 calls and hospitalizations
  • Provide four levels of care based on each patient’s needs: routine home care or palliative care, respite care, inpatient care, continuous (crisis) care
  • Assist with personal care (bathing, shaving, etc.)
  • Help decrease anxiety, depression, and other common emotions associated with terminal illness
  • Offer psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual support to patient and family

St. Joseph Hospice’s staff and services focus on managing the symptoms of an illness, helping patients maintain the highest quality of life possible and making sure each and every patient is comfortable.

At St. Joseph Hospice, patients’ needs are met through services like these:

  • General medical care and support
  • Intensive bedside hospice support (Crisis Care)
  • Social services
  • Physician visits
  • Education
  • Psychosocial and bereavement counseling

The team at St. Joseph Hospice is specifically trained for hospice and respite care, and our staff includes the following:

  • Board-certified hospice & palliative care physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Certified nursing assistants
  • Medical social workers
  • Non-denominational chaplains & pastors
  • Bereavement professionals
  • Volunteers

St. Joseph Non-Hospice Support Services

St. Joseph Hospice is the only agency in Louisiana participating in the new Medicare Care Choices Model. Through the Medicare Care Choices Model, your loved one and continue curative care while receiving hospice-like support services. There are no required copays or deductibles for Medicare Care Choices Model services.

Beyond Hospice & Palliative Care

In addition to exceptional hospice and palliative care services, through the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, The Carpenter Health Network is able to provide assistance to those in need. St. Joseph Hospice Foundation is an active non-profit organization that provides assistance for terminally ill patients and their families throughout Louisiana, South Alabama, Southeast Texas, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. To learn more, visit the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation website.

Locations Served for Hospice and Palliative Care

St. Joseph Hospice provides at-home hospice services in the following locations:

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Hospice Africa is a Merseyside based UK registered charity (no. 1024903) which promotes palliative care (i.e. pain control) for patients in Africa suffering from cancer.

Hospice Africa provides funding for patient care and training medical staff at Hospice Africa Uganda (in Kampala, Mbarara and Hoima) and clinics in Malawi, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ethiopia. Since 1993 we have treated over 28,125 cancer patients in Uganda, trained 10,053 nurses, doctors and medical students in the use of oral morphine for pain control and prepared 873 community volunteers to help patients and their families. We have sent £3.8 million to Africa to pay for this. In the year to 31 March 2016 our income was £299,034, and we sent £307,785 to Africa. Our expenses (publicity, fund raising, accounting and AGM costs) were £3,082, about 1% of our income. We do not employ anyone in the UK.

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Re: GBM – end stage question

Dear Imli, sorry to know what you are going through. As I understand, that is the way this disease progresses. The patient switches to coma later and then passes away in sleep. When death is close, breathing pattern changes and the color of urine goes darker due to lack of sufficient oxygen in the body. Death is usually painless.

My mother is in the end stages of GBM. She is currently completely bedridden, cannot talk or comprehend and sleeps all the time. When she does open her eyes, her gaze is unfocussed and glazed. Her vitals are strong, and she is being fed via a tube. Has a catheter- Urine and stools normal. I know this is progression of the disease, but I am still at a loss and its hard to see a loved one deteriorate. We were told that the symptoms in her case were due to edema and swelling post Gamma knife, may not be the tumor. This has been going on for 5 weeks now.How long can this go on? I know a lot of you have lost loved ones to the disease, and am hoping your collective response can give me a better picture on how much more time she has. She is diisplaying symptoms ( of the timeline chart on brain hospice) of 1-2 weeks for over 1 month now.

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An update on the situation and a little confused. Mom had been sleeping and opening her eyes for a few minutes at most, occasionally-when she was physically moved. This has been the situation for approx 6 weeks. No response to any other stimuli, no recognition or cognition. Last week she had low grade temperature for a few days and still feels warm occasionaly. Since the last 3 days however, her eyes are open and gazing at the ceiling for hours. Her breathing sounds like she is snoring lightly.Her last MRI was in Nov ’09 which showed lots of Edema, post Cyber knife ( Aug 2009). CT in Dec ’09-showed heavy midline shift, when she became paralysed. bedridden and non-cognizant after which she was given steroids that only marginally helped her.
I’m not sure what to make of this, in that she has gone from sleeping continuosly, to opening her eyes and gazing for hours. Is this a sign of improvement? Should I push for another MRI?

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Hi Imli. I don’t know what it means that your mother now has her eye open for a long time but still not responding to others. Does she track? That is, if you put your finger in front of her eyes and move it, do her eyes follow your finger? If not, she is probably not really seeing anything just sleeping with her eyes opened. She needs to blink her eyes or they will dry. In hospitals, some times they go so far as to tap eyes closed when someone sleeps with their eyes open so that they do not dry.

In terms of getting an MRI. for sure you need to make her doctor aware of this change and let him/her advise you on what needs to be done.

New User Join Date Jan 2010 Posts 14

Brainman- No, she does not track. Keeps Gazing and but does blink on her own though. She has been off steroids for approx a month now as well.

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response to your queries

Sorry imli, as far as my experience with this disease goes, it appears that the disease is spreading within the brain and is taking away your mom slowly. I am not sure if scans can reveal anything since growth and spreading could be at microscopic level. A doctor would be able to advise you better. Sorry again, it is painful to observe the patient at this stage.

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Re: response to your queries

signs of increasing body temperature are also common, as I understand. I am not sure how that connects with the disease.

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Over 3.2 million adults living in nursing homes and other long term care facilities in the U.S. As many as 40 percent of all adults will enter a nursing home at some point during their lives and as the U.S. population ages, the number of nursing home residents is expected to grow. Many of these elders are well-cared for but many may be the victims of abuse.

Elder abuse, particularly when it involves a patient in a residential care facility, can be difficult to detect and for every reported case of abuse, more than five cases may go unreported.

Nursing home abuse is a serious concern and seniors who have been abused have a 300 percent greater chance of death in the 3 years following the abuse than those who aren’t abused. Up to 1 in 6 nursing home residents may be the victim of abuse or neglect every year.

Though many residents are well-cared for, abuse continues to be more prevalent than most people wish to believe and over three-fourths of the cases of nursing home abuse are perpetrated by caregivers.

A congressional report showed that an examination of nursing home records conducted over a two-year period showed that nearly 1 in 3 nursing homes were cited for violations that had the potential to cause harm and almost 10 percent of all nursing homes have violations that caused actual harm, serious injury or placed them in jeopardy of death.

A survey of nursing home residents showed that up to 44 percent of nursing home residents reported that they had been abused at some time in residency and nearly all of those surveyed (95%) had seen another resident neglected.

A study conducted by the U.S. General Accountability Office revealed that state regulators are likely to miss signs of abuse. The GAO found that 70 percent of state surveys missed significant deficiencies and 15 percent missed notice of actual harm or immediate jeopardy of a nursing home resident.

Due to reports like these, legislatures in all 50 states have passed anti-elder-abuse laws but nursing home abuse continues to occur.

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Nursing home abuse can involve:

Physical Abuse is a condition or event that causes physical harm. Physical abuse may be intentional such as hitting or pinching or it may be due to neglect including overuse of restraints and lack of physical care.

Sexual Abuse is unwanted sexual attention or exploitation. This includes sexual attention given to a patient who is unable to express his or her wishes or is cognitively compromised such as the patient with dementia.

Psychological Abuse is not easily identified but can include yelling, criticizing, humiliating or otherwise shaming the patient. Patients who are experiencing psychological abuse may exhibit behavioral changes.

Financial Exploitation occurs a caregiver takes advantage of access to a patients financial matters, steals or otherwise compromises the patient’s financial status. This could include direct theft, theft from banking accounts or applying for credit in the patient’s name.

Neglect is often unintentional and a result of inadequate staffing. Neglect occurs when a patient’s needs are not taken care of such as personal hygiene care or when the patient is not provided food, clothing or water. Neglect can contribute to a number of medical conditions such as bed sores, skin infections, malnutrition and dehydration.

Resident to Resident Abuse occurs when one resident is allowed to abuse another. Resident to resident abuse may be physical, sexual or psychological. Nursing home patients should be protected from other residents.

Signs of nursing home abuse may include:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Bruising, cuts or welts
  • Bed sores
  • Frequent infections
  • Signs of Dehydration
  • Mood swings and emotional outbursts
  • Reclusiveness or refusal to speak
  • Refusal to eat or take medications
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness
  • Changes in mental status
  • Caregivers that do not want patient to be left alone with others

Not all patients with these symptoms have been subject to nursing home abuse but any sign should be cause for further investigation.

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Senior Community Healthcare Assistants – Hospice at Home Night Support Service

Part time: (Max 30 hours – worked over 3 night shifts) Shift work (Monday to Sunday – Mainly nights – 22:00hrs-08:00hrs.

Salary: Ranging from £7.33 – £9.93 per hour (dependent on experience).

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Health Care Assistant to join our established Hospice at Home Night Support team

This role requires you to work alone, predominantly overnight in the patient’s home or on occasion on the inpatient unit at Compton Hospice and you will be expected to deliver practical social care and emotional support to patients who require end of life care and to their families

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience of delivering social care in a clinical care setting, preferably the community and NVQ Level III in Health and Social Care or equivalent

Good verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is an ability to work unsupervised

The service encompasses a wide area, covering Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire and a full driving license and access to a vehicle at all times is required

Enhancements, fuel allowance, mobile phone and uniform will all be provided. Generous holiday and company pension scheme.

Previous applicants need not apply

For further information please call Ann Bevington on 01902 774509

Community Healthcare Assistants – Hospice at Home Day Support Service

Full Time: 37.5 hours per week or Part Time. Shift work: (Monday to Sunday – between 07:30hrs and 21:30hrs)

Salary: Ranging from £7.20 – £8.81 per hour (dependent on experience).

We are currently expanding our Hospice at Home Day Support Service which delivers social care and emotional support to patients who require end of life care, in their own home during the day

The service encompasses a wide area, covering Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire and is delivered as ‘separate planned sessions of care’ throughout the day either as a lone worker or as part of a team

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years previous experience of delivering social care in a clinical care setting, preferably the community, and NVQ Level II in Health and Social Care or equivalent

Good verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is an ability to work unsupervised. A full driving license and access to a vehicle at all times is also required.

Enhancements, fuel allowance, mobile phone and uniform will all be provided. Generous holiday and company pension scheme.

For further information please call Ann Bevington on 01902 774509

Closing date for applications: On-going

Senior Healthcare Assistant (Nights) – Hospice at Home (Fixed Term to Cover Maternity Leave – 6 months)

Part Time: Maximum 30 hours per week worked over three nights / some days required for training purposes. Monday to Sunday (Mainly nights 22:00hrs-8.00hrs)

Salary: £7.53 to £9.39 per hour (dependent on experience)

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced healthcare assistant to join our established Hospice at Home Night Support Team.

This role requires you to work also, predominantly overnight i nthe patient’s home or on occasion on the inpatient unit at Compton Hospice and you will be expected to deliver practical social care and emotional support to patients who require end of life care and their families

Good verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is an ability to work unsupervised. A minimum 2 years previous experience of delivering care in a health or social care setting is essential, as well as NVQ III in Health and Social Care or equivalent

Full driving license and access to a vehicle at all times is required

Closing date for applications: Friday 9th SeptemberA full application pack can be downloaded here in pdf or word format.

For further information please call Ann Bevington on 01902 774509

Specialty Doctor – Palliative Medicine

We are looking for a doctor who already has experience of working in palliative medicine

This post will initially be based on the inpatient unit but there will be opportunity to work with our community team in the future.

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Full Time: 37.5 hours per week over 5 days, Monday – Sunday including evenings and weekends as required, between 8am and 8pm

An opportunity has arisen to become a member of the van driving team.

This role involves collecting and delivering goods to various locations as instructed and undertaking minor maintenance work and PAT testing electrical items at shops.

A full application pack can be downloaded here in pdf or word format. For further information please call Paul Carter on 0845 225 5497.

Collection Agent (Lottery Company)

Various positions available:

Self Employed Basis (Commission and Bonus Based)

Employed Basis (Full and Part Time Positions Available) Please enquire for further details

As a Collection Agent your core function will be to collect payments from an already established membership of people who support the Hospice by playing the Compton Hospice lottery.

In addition to the rewarding feeling of supporting patients their families within your local community the above positions offer an hourly rate of pay, bonus scheme rewards for long service.

Self-employed, full-time and part-time positions are available with potentially substantial flexibility relating to the number of contracted hours for part time positions.

Although previous experience would be beneficial it is not necessary and we would welcome applications from people with a variety of personal circumstances.

A full application pack can be downloaded here in pdf or word format. For further information please call Chris Hart on 0845 225 5497.

Sales Representative (Lottery Company)

Various positions available

Self Employed Basis (Commission and Bonus based)

Employed Basis (Full and Part Time Positions Available) Please enquire for further details

As a Sales Representative your key responsibility will be to help increase the membership through pre planned door to door sales marketing campaigns.

In addition to the rewarding feeling of supporting patients their families within your local community the above positions offer an hourly rate of pay, bonus scheme rewards for long service.

Self-employed, full-time and part-time positions are available with potentially substantial flexibility relating to the number of contracted hours for part time positions.

Although previous experience would be beneficial it is not necessary and we would welcome applications from people with a variety of personal circumstances.

A full application pack can be downloaded here in pdf or word format. For further information please call Chris Hart on 0845 225 5497.

Compton Hospice is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Charity Reg No: 512387

If you have any further questions about Compton Hospice and general, please call 0845 225 5497 or contact us. We will do our utmost to help with your enquiry.

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4 Compton Road West, Wolverhampton, WV3 9DH.

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Compassus is dedicated to clinical excellence, compassionate care, and providing comfort and support to patients and their families facing end-of-life issues. Focusing on the quality of life remaining, Compassus provides effective symptom control and care that focuses on the whole individual – addressing physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

At Compassus, our mission is to provide hospice care to terminally ill patients and their families with Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. The Colleagues of Compassus are committed to keeping The Hospice Promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those whom they come into contact. Our goal is to provide the greatest possible comfort and care for those who experience one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments.

Compassus also provides palliative care to improve quality of life for patients and families who may also be seeking aggressive treatment for their serious illness. Compassus palliative care services can offer relief from symptoms and pain and a care plan based on your values and needs.

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    Heaven at Home PLC is an in-home provider of veterinary hospice. end-of-life care and euthanasia in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. We know that avoiding pain and suffering is one of the most important things to pet owners. We know it is difficult to tell when the time is right.

    Our services are performed by a licensed veterinarian in the comfort of your home. This allows for comprehensive evaluation of your pet s quality of life in his or her usual and most comfortable surroundings. At-home pet hospice and euthanasia offer a number of advantages, including the opportunity to allow your pet s story to end peacefully surrounded by loved ones without the stress of clinical surroundings. It s the kind of compassionate care your companion animal deserves.

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    We can assist with a peaceful end of life transition for your beloved pet that includes:

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    We can help with information on the disease process and what to expect next whenever possible.

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    Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Opens at Silver Cross Campus

    Vitas Innovative Hospice Care. an end-of-life care provider, has opened an office in New Lenox.

    A provider for adults and pediatric patients with life-limiting illness, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care is planning an open house from 4:30-7 p.m. Sept. 26 at its newest location, Silver Cross Hospital Campus. 1890 Silver Cross Boulevard.

    The meet and greet is planned for the Silver Cross Hospital Pavilion A in the Conference Room on the lower level. Attendees are asked to call 815-729-9352 to RSVP by Sept. 25.

    Spokesperson Michelle Bacon said VITAS Innovative Hospice Care provides end-of-life care for adult and pediatric patients with life-limiting illnesses. We work with patients and families to provide comfort and preserve dignity in the face of terminal illness, according to the website.

    About 90 percent of all hospice care takes place in the home, she said. Vitas assists families with that undertaking.

    While business hours in New Lenox are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Vitas is available 24 hours a day. Clients need only call 815-729-9352 for immediate assistance.

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    Supporting students

    2016 begins with a new drive to raise support for students at IHPCA (Institute for Hospice anad Palliative Care in Africa). Each year The Institute receives many applications from students who meet the entrance qualifications and who can be provisionally offered places. Most students cannot fund themselves and only a small proportion of students are funded by government health services. As a result many of the applicants struggle to find funding to support their proposed studies and a significant proportion fail. We are looking to raise funds for student bursaries for fees and for travel expenses (air fares and subsistence) especially for non-Ugandan students. Funding a student today is a key investment inspreading palliative care.

    More news of the Anne Merriman Hospice Africa Foundation

    As Hospice Africa has grown it has become evermore important to develop connections between its different parts. There are fund raising organisations in the USA, Ireland, UK, and France; not to mention Hospice Africa Uganda and the Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa, which provide the services. To bring this diaspora together; and to coordinate its work whilst preserving the Hospice Africa ethos “The Anne Merriman Hospice Africa Foundation” will be launched on the Founders birthday in 2016. We will keep you posted on how this event will be celebrated. We plan to use the white “peace poppy” as our emblem and hope that you like the idea.

    Hospice Africa Uganda faces a major challenge!

    In September this year HAU’s longstanding collaboration with USAID came to its scheduled end. USAID has been a major donor for the work of HAU and the end of their support has been a severe challenge. HAU is working to find alternative donors to keep the work going and of course we will help. Inevitably, there have been some cutbacks in Uganda but we are all trying to keep patient services protected as far as possible. In the UK we are trying to increase our fund raising so that we can help support HAU whilst continuing to fund work in other African countries.

    Uganda scores well in the Quality of Death Index

    In the UK we should count ourselves lucky to top this most unusual league table – The 2015 Quality of Death Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, found Britain to be the best in the world for palliative care. 22 years ago when Hospice Africa started there was no palliative care in Uganda, or indeed in almost all sub-Saharan Africa. Today Uganda has risen to 35th in this world ranking. “Targeted education programmes for palliative care specialists have produced an informed medical culture in Uganda. Problems remain particularly regarding the availability of professionals and inadequate public financing” says the report, but even so Uganda is rated highly amongst all the low income countries and is higher than some East European countries. There is still a long way to go. but we can take encouragement from this report. You can find out more about Hospice Africa in Dr Anne’s book. To order one priced £13.99 simply e-mail or write to us at the address below.

    Something to think about.

    Why not volunteer your time to come to Uganda and see the difference HAU is making in the homes of patients? This can change your values and outlook on life. But don’t be afraid of this. It can only get better. All ages encouraged.

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    A big blanket!

    Jan has worked in palliative care for over twenty years and after hearing Dr Anne talk Jan decided to use a little of her spare time to knot for Hospice Africa. BUT the knitting proved addictive and the result was a big blanket. Read more of Jan’s thoughts on our News Page.

    Where does the money go?

    Hospice Africa aims to keep its costs low and to use the maximum proportion of its funds to pursue its charitable aims. More than 96p per £1 of expenditure is on charitable activities”.

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    Hospice Africa Uganda

    Seeks to recruit a medical officer

    Since 1993, Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) (national organization) has promoted modern methods of pain and symptom control as well as whole-person (holistic) care for patients living with cancer and HIV/AIDS. HAU strives to uphold excellent clinical standards and provide quality education courses and advocacy activities to promote the spread of palliative care throughout Uganda and Africa. Hospice Africa Uganda has a head office in Kampala, site offices in Mbararaand Hoima Districts. HAU wishes to recruit dynamic, skilled,and caring Ugandans committed to palliative care to fill the following position:

    Title: Medical Officer
    Location: Mobile Hospice Mbarara

    To provide palliative care for patients with emphasis on pain and symptom control with a holistic approach.

    Clinical: Direct provision of palliative care to patients and families as part of interdisciplinary team: Examine, assess and provide appropriate treatment and advice for patients referred to the service – in patients homes, hospital, at Hospice or during monthly visits; Make referrals to other Health facilities for conditions which may be more appropriately managed elsewhere; Identify psychological, social, and spiritual issues affecting patients and their families, and offer sensitive support and referral to other services where appropriate; Provide information to patients aimed at reducing vulnerability to disease and infection; Recognize and manage emergencies ; Ensure continuity of care for patients: Maintain high standard of documentation and record-keeping.

    Take part in research or audit projects concerning the medical or social needs of patients and families; Bedside teaching of students on placement at Hospice sites; Make presentation of
    cases / articles at case conferences, bereavement meetings, and journal club; Participating in teaching in a variety of training/educational courses run by Hospice.

    Advocacy: Actively promote access to comprehensive quality palliative care to people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer and their families

    Minimum Requirements:
    Degree in medicine; At least 2 years of practice, knowledge
    and understanding of Palliative Care is vital.

    Skills and experience required in the following areas: Peoples management skills; Good interpersonal communication

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    hospice

    a house of shelter or rest for pilgrims, strangers, etc. especially one kept by a religious order.

    Medicine/Medical.

    1. a health-care facility for the terminally ill that emphasizes pain control and emotional support for the patient and family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.
    2. a similar program of care and support for the terminally ill at home.

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    We signed him up for hospice care, knowing that we still had limited time with him.

    Leukaemia patient Zakwan Anuar, 15, died two weeks after they visited his hospice in Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia, last month.

    The next evening, Romero was saying mass in the chapel at the hospice where he lived in a tiny room near the infirm and the dying.

    He has also demonstrated compassion for AIDS victims, washing and kissing the feet of 12 patients in a hospice in 2001.

    Your loved one cannot be cured in an acute-care hospital but is not ready for hospice.

    The pass of Great St. Bernard is celebrated for its hospice.

    M. Julien, will you run for the doctor, and send him down to the hospice at once?

    He built in fact later the hospice and church of Jesu-Nazareno—in compliance with this vow.

    He, himself, was billeted with a French family, just around the corner from the hospice.

    This hospice is said to have been first founded in the year 962, by Bernard, a Piedmontese nobleman.

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    hospice

    noun ( pl ) hospices

    a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill

    ( archaic ) Also called hospitium ( hɒˈspɪtɪəm ), ( pl ) hospitia ( hɒˈspɪtɪə ). a place of shelter for travellers, esp one kept by a monastic order

    C19: from French, from Latin hospitium hospitality, from hospes guest, host 1

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    1818, “rest house for travelers,” from French hospice (13c.), from Latin hospitium “guest house, hospitality,” from hospes (genitive hospitis ) “guest, host” (see host (n.1)). Sense of “home for the aged and terminally ill ” is from 1893; hospice movement first attested 1979.

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    hospice hos·pice (hŏs’pĭs)
    n.
    A program or facility that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional, spiritual, social, and financial needs of terminally ill patients at a facility or at a patient’s home.

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    And a New York mother watches in horror as her dying boy suffers seizures. The young, inexperienced hospice nurse witnessing her first death doesn’t give the boy a drug to stop the convulsions. The mother is told later that the understaffed hospice took her son’s case for the “memorials” the charitable cash donations that often follow a death.

    Hospice care traditionally has been viewed as a charitable service offered by professionals whose aim is to ease the suffering of the dying. And while that’s still true to a point, big changes in health care have had an impact, and hospice care has become big business.

    As a result, hospice care, like the rest of health care, has become prone to mistakes, as the needs of patients are balanced against the financial bottom line.

    “Hospice used to be a volunteer service that was done out of great dedication and love,” says Ron Panzer of the Michigan-based Hospice Patients Alliance. “Medical ethics has turned a corner so we’re not trying to do everything for the patient, but we’re trying to save money.”

    It’s easy to abuse the system. The patient always dies, and no one can complain that a hospice program should have saved the life. But some families are beginning to come forward and charge that care was negligent, that pain was not eased, that suffering if not inflicted was at least allowed to continue needlessly.

    The families want more oversight of the nation’s hospice programs. And they are not alone. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is urging the medical community to take a closer look. A report from the prestigious arm of the National Academies, which gathers independent scientists to advise federal policy-makers on matters of science, called in June for sweeping efforts to improve end-of-life care for those “who are dying nameless and faceless without a priority.”

    Among the recommendations: studies to show exactly how hospice care is being delivered in the USA.

    “We are in the throes of social change, and we don’t have much measurement,” says Joanne Lynn, who was on the panel and also serves as director of the RAND Center to Improve Care of the Dying, based in Arlington, Va. “We should do a random sampling of hospice care and learn what we are doing.”

    The business of dying

    For a hospice, death means money.

    Most people think of hospice care the way it began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as a charitable service.

    But a major shift came in the 1980s when Medicare started paying for such care. The number of for-profit hospices soared, and by 1998, hospice care had become the fastest-growing benefit in the Medicare program.

    From 1992 to 1998, the number of Medicare beneficiaries who used hospice care more than doubled, from 143,000 in 1992 to 360,000 in 1998, according to a General Accounting Office analysis. As the federal tax dollars flooded into what had been largely a volunteer segment of health care, fraud sometimes followed.

    The government focused on hospice fraud as part of its Operation Restore Trust, a Clinton administration program aimed at stopping Medicare fraud.

    The stakes were raised. Suddenly, any hospice that took Medicare money, non-profit or for-profit, faced audits.

    “The regulations pile as high as our heads,” says Esther Goodrich, CEO of Genesee County Hospice of Batavia, N.Y. a non-profit hospice that is facing a lawsuit from family members angry over the care given to their dying son. “If you fill out a form incorrectly, and if you do it intentionally, you can end up in jail. Hospices have been taking a beating.”

    Length of hospice care declining

    A major challenge in hospice care is helping people cross the rugged terrain that lies between hope for a medical miracle and the acceptance of death. Crossing that mountain of denial takes time. But time with the dying and their families is something that hospice lacks these days.

    One of the areas under constant federal scrutiny is the length of time that patients stay in a hospice before they die. Hospices must be able to prove to regulators that the end was near for each patient.

    When hospices began, workers often entered a home months before a death with plenty of time to help the family prepare emotionally for the death.

    But the average length of stay in a hospice fell from an average of 90 days in 1990 to 48 days in 1999, according to the IOM. Half of Medicare hospice users received care for 19 days or less, the General Ac-

    counting Office found in a review last year. A week or less was common.

    Today’s shorter hospice stays don’t give some families enough time to prepare for the death. And the tighter time frame costs a hospice money.

    Medicare pays a flat fee for hospice care about $100 a day. The first days and the final days require the most time from hospice workers. In the first days, a hospice must get up to speed with the patient, the family, the doctor and anyone else involved in the care. In the patient’s last days, hospice workers may be at the bedside 24 hours a day. In between are days when the hospice may only send a worker by the house to offer support and make small adjustments to care that is provided by the family.

    When it works, it’s medical magic. Experienced hospice nurses know how to ease a patient and a family toward death.

    “There are times when hospice is the best care you can get,” Lynn says. “Where else in the system can you call and a nurse will show up with your medical record?”

    But she says that trying to get a patient and a family ready for death fast is difficult and prone to error.

    “I call it brink-of-death care,” says Lynn, a former hospice medical director who is now president of Americans for Better Care of the Dying, a Washington-based patient advocacy group. “This is a very difficult time of life. People are terribly sick. There are nursing shortages and financial shortages. Everything is weighted in a system that has no give.”

    “These cases are just the tip of the iceberg in a big iceberg field,” says Panzer, the former Michigan hospice nurse who quit to become a patient advocate in 1997. His Web site, hospicepatients.org, has become an unofficial clearinghouse for hospice information. “The reality is that hospice is no different than any other part of health care; it’s just not being reported.”

    Goodrich says that mistakes sometimes are made. But she says that hospice care is an emotional, heavily regulated business. Sometimes hospices become the target of the intense anger that comes with a family’s grief, she says. She sees such complaints as part of a job that is fraught with emotional risks.

    “You are stepping into the middle of somebody’s anguish. You are dealing with grief in action,” Goodrich says. “What you don’t see is that grief is a process. One way that grief takes its toll is it finds a place for blame.” It is not uncommon, she says, for hospice workers to become the target of that intense emotion.

    “That’s OK,” Goodrich says. “You have to look at that and say that is a need. They need to be able to do this, and we need to be big enough to let that happen.”

    More attention on end-of-life care

    The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a Virginia-based non-profit group that represents hospice programs, has begun a two-year study aimed at measuring pain control and respiratory care and assessing whether the 1,800 patients in the study died with dignity and without unnecessary pain.

    The $750,000 study of 15 hospices, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is just one of several underway. The IOM wants much more.

    In its June report, “Improving Palliative Care for Cancer,” the IOM called for more of the nation’s annual $3.3 billion war on cancer to go to research on improving end-of-life care.

    With 550,000 cancer deaths each year and about one in four of all deaths occurring while in hospice care, improving the quality of palliative care is a huge issue.

    “Not a lot of research has been done,” says Stephen Conner, who is heading the national hospice study. “We have neglected the whole field of palliative care in favor of delivering new cures for disease and high-tech treatments.”

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    At Compassus, our mission is to provide hospice care to terminally ill patients and their families with Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. The Colleagues of Compassus are committed to keeping The Hospice Promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those whom they come into contact. Our goal is to provide the greatest possible comfort and care for those who experience one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments.

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    ABOUT HAU

    HOSPICE AFRICA UGANDA (HAU) was Founded in 1993 and provides support and care to those dying from cancer and HIV/AIDS. HAU’s mission is to bring peace through relief of suffering and create a palliative care model for all of Africa – which is affordable and culturally acceptable.

    Deo and Dr. Dorothy during mentorship reviewing a complicated case on morphine

    Hospice Uganda Africa operates three care centres Kampala, Mbarara and Hoima. They provide palliative care for patients with Cancer or HIV, with clinics for patients who are well enough to travel and a day care centre. Home care teams leave the hospice centres each day to visit the patients who are too unwell to make the journey to the centre.

    Kampala is the centre of operations and incorporates the Education and International Programs. Hospice Uganda now employs over 120 medical and support staff and supports over 1000 patients every month.

    Numbers of Patients receiving palliative care in HUA Hospices in Kampala, Mbarara and Hoima.

    Monthly trends in total patient numbers

    57% of people in Uganda do not access a health worker but now they can access palliative care through our growing countrywide network of trained community volunteers. These volunteers identify those who need our care when critically ill or at the end of life. The volunteers provide some basic care and work closely with district health workers we have trained in palliative care.

    Care is provided mainly in people’s own homes and at roadside clinics. Using a model first introduced for controlling pain at childbirth, specially trained nurses can prescribe morphine. They also support patients in self administration of pain control. The care is specialized and time consuming in order to provide freedom from pain and give impeccable relief for all symptoms. HAU also provides counseling and spiritual support to the patient and family.

    Mbarara Hospice memorial service.

    Our three hospices provide not just palliative care but also leadership and there are now five other free standing Hospices and District teams. Another 1500 patients get pain relief from medical staff trained by hospice Uganda.

    We estimate that a further 20,000 may be looked after by those we have trained and are working in health facilities and other Hospices in Uganda. Those professionals we have trained at HAU are working now in 82 of our 112 Districts. They are followed up and given further training in conjunction with Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU).

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    What happens in the final days of life

    The body begins its natural process of slowing down all its functions. How long this takes varies from person to person and may take hours or days. The dying person will feel weak and sleep a lot. When death is very near the dying person may have

    • Sleepiness and difficulty waking (semi conscious)
    • Difficulty swallowing or not wanting to eat or drink at all
    • Loss of control of bladder and bowel control
    • Restless movements (as though they are in pain)
    • Changes in breathing
    • Noisy breathing
    • Cold feet, hands, legs and arms
    • Confusion and disorientation
    • Complete loss of consciousness

    You can read about all these changes below.

    It can be emotionally very difficult to watch someone go through these physical changes. But they are part of a natural dying process and don’t mean that the person is uncomfortable or in distress.

    The doctors and nurses looking after the person during this time will check regularly for these changes. They will do all they can to make your relative or friend as comfortable as possible during their death. If you are looking after someone at home while they are dying, you should have support from a specialist community nurse, district nurses, and the GP. They can answer your questions and help to make home nursing easier for you.

    People who are dying often sleep a lot and might not respond when you try to wake them. But this doesn’t mean they can’t hear you. Hearing may be one of the last senses to be lost. So it is important not to stop talking to them and comforting them. You can sit close to them and hold their hand. It is important not to say anything that you wouldn’t want them to hear. It’s also a good idea to tell them when you go into or leave their room.

    There will come a time when the dying person won’t want to eat or drink anything. It is important not to try and force them to eat or drink. This will make them uncomfortable. If they are still awake you can give them small pieces of ice to suck or sips of fluid to keep their mouth moist. You can put lip balm on their lips to help stop them getting dry and sore.

    If they really can’t take anything into their mouth, you can moisten their lips and mouth every 1 to 2 hours with lemon and glycerine swabs or water. Your GP or district nurse can get you the swabs.

    The dying person might lose control of their bladder and bowel. This happens because the muscles in these areas relax and don’t work as they did. This can be distressing to see and you might worry that they may feel embarrassed. The nursing staff will do all they can to protect the bed and keep your relative or friend as clean and comfortable as possible.

    If you are caring for someone at home, the district nurses and specialist nurses can arrange for you to have draw sheets or pads to protect the bed. They may also be able to arrange a laundry service for you, if necessary. As people become very close to death and are not eating or drinking, the amount of urine and stools they produce gets less and less.

    Many people who are dying, and the people around them, worry that they will be in pain. Some people don’t have pain. But if a person is in pain, it can usually be well controlled and people can be kept very comfortable. The doctors and nurses looking after the dying person will do all they can.

    Sometimes restlessness is a sign of being in pain. If the dying person can’t communicate very well and you think they are in pain, the most important thing is to tell their doctors and nurses. They will want your relative or friend to be pain free, so do talk to them. This will help them plan the best way of controlling the pain.

    When someone is dying their breathing often changes. It might get noisy and irregular. There may be times when they stop breathing for a few seconds. This is called Cheyne Stoke (pronounced chain stoke) breathing. They may breathe with their mouth open and use their chest muscles to help them catch a breath.

    It can help to raise the head of the bed with pillows or cushions. Just sitting with them, speaking gently, and holding their hand can be very reassuring for them. If someone is having difficulty breathing, a doctor or nurse might suggest giving a small dose of morphine, even if they are not otherwise in pain. Morphine can help to make breathing easier.

    You may hear gurgling or rattling sounds as the dying person takes each breath. This is coming from their chest or the back of their throat. It is because there is a build up of mucus and saliva and they don’t have a strong enough cough reflex to cough it up. Raising their head and turning it to the side can help gravity to drain the secretions.

    Sometimes a nurse or doctor can suck the fluid out through a thin tube put down into the person’s windpipe, but this is not usually needed. Hearing the gurgling sounds can be very upsetting, but they don’t usually seem to cause distress to the dying person.

    The dying person’s face, hands, arms, feet and legs often become very cool to touch. Their skin might also become pale and look blotchy or mottled. This happens because there is less blood circulation to these parts of the body. Keep them warm with blankets but don’t use an electric blanket as this may become too uncomfortable. Thick socks can help to keep their feet warm. Don’t overheat the room as this can make it stuffy. Just keep it at a comfortable temperature.

    You might hear your loved one say things that make no sense. They may not know what day it is or may not appear to know who you are. They may even say things that are totally out of character. For example, they may shout at you or physically push you away. This can be very hurtful and upsetting. But try to understand that they don’t mean it and are not aware that they are doing these things. It happens partly because of the chemical changes going on inside their body.

    At the end of life, the chemical balance of the body becomes completely upset. The dying person then slips into unconsciousness. This is usually right towards the end, maybe only a few hours or days before death. Breathing becomes irregular and may become noisy. You won’t be able to wake them at all. Their breathing will stay irregular for some time and will stop at some point.

    Emotional and spiritual changes

    Everyone will feel different emotions when they are dying. A lot depends on

    • The type of person they are
    • Their age
    • How much support they have
    • Their religious and spiritual beliefs
    • The experiences they have had in life

    Someone dying in their 20s is likely to feel very different to someone who is 80. If the person dying is leaving behind young children, they will have different worries from someone whose children are grown up and able to take care of themselves.

    Before the final stages of death the dying person may talk about wanting to complete any unfinished business. This may mean

    • Sorting out any problems with personal relationships, or deciding not to
    • Visiting certain places
    • Buying gifts for people
    • Sorting out personal belongings and giving special things away to family and friends
    • Getting their will and financial business in order
    • Seeing a religious leader

    As death gets closer they may begin to let go and seem more at peace with things. Others may become very anxious, fearful or angry. Some people may appear to withdraw even from the people they love and care about. But this doesn’t mean that they don’t care anymore. These events are all very normal and a natural part of dying.

    Even if the physical body is ready to shut down, some people may resist death. They may still have issues they want to resolve or relationships they want to put right. It is important to understand these things. Let your loved one know you are there for them and will help them with any of these issues.

    You are likely to feel some very strong emotions during the time your relative or friend is dying. You may feel that you want to try and change what is happening. Often all you can do is give them a lot of support and comfort during this difficult time. Allow them to share any memories or feelings they have. It is also important to reassure them that it is all right to let go and die whenever they are ready. Some people will hold on until they have heard these words from the people they love. So letting them go can be one of the most important and loving things you can do for them.

    If you need some support when someone close to you is dying it may help to speak to

    • The doctor or nurses on the ward
    • A religious leader
    • A counsellor
    • Close friends and relatives

    Try not to worry that you are going to do the wrong thing. Just being with your loved one and letting them know you love and care for them is the most important thing.

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    OIG Publications on Hospice Care Four Part OIG Report on Hospice Care in the Nursing Home, September 2009:

    Other OIG Publications on Hospice Care:

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    The Hospice Operations page offers a range of materials for NHPCO Members. These include:

    • Questionable Practices by Hospices and Nursing Homes Under Health Care Fraud and Abuse Rules
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    Nursing Home End-of-Life Care: The Nursing Home/Hospice Partnership

    Successful collaborations are partnerships where care planning, coordination and provision are performed in care environments where:

    • Mutual respect dominates;
    • Providers routinely share knowledge; and
    • Policies and procedures clarify the roles of each collaborating party; but,
    • Much unwritten, and importantly, hospice presence, consistency and communication are key – a customer service approach facilitates success.

    This web content was published by the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Brown Medical School. The project was funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ. Project staff:

    Susan C. Miller, Ph.D. Principal Investigator Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research

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    Welcome to Hospice Waikato

    Hospice Waikato provides a variety of specialised care services for people who are dying – supporting them, their families and carers through illness, death and bereavement. Hospice is a Charitable Trust founded in 1981 independent of any other organisation and administered by a Board of Trustees.

    Hospice Waikato is financially supported through the generosity of individuals, community groups, businesses, trusts and foundations and the wider community.

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    Beacon Hospice, an Amedisys company, is committed to providing the best hospice and palliative care experience available. This commitment is expressed in our Mission Statement and Service Standards.

    In every area of hospice care. we try to do more than what is required-and expected. The desire to do more can be seen in the passion and commitment of our staff and volunteers. It can also be measured by the services we offer. which go above and beyond what typical hospices offer.

    Beacon’s approach to hospice care creates a patient and family environment of hope, comfort and dignity. Beacon Hospice is a Medicare and Medicaid Certified program providing superior end-of-life care services. Founded in 1993 to better serve the needs of terminally ill patients, Beacon Hospice believes in quality of living. Driven by patients’ choices and the manner that they wish to live out their lives, we’re striving to establish the highest standard of hospice care.

    For more information about Beacon Hospice, contact us at 877-242-8394

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    VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

    Near the end of life, most people hope to remain at home, sustained by familiar faces and routines. Remaining at home though can present many obstacles for the patients and their families including: difficulties with breathing and swallowing, challenges with transferring wheelchair or bed bound loved ones, compromised ability to communicate, and assistance needed with activates of daily living.
    VITAS® addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each of those patients, and our hospice team comes to the patient’s bedside. When necessary, our team works in shifts of continuous home care until symptoms are controlled, avoiding hospitalization. When a patient needs care beyond that which can be provided at home, we provide inpatient hospice care. VITAS® partners with hospitals and nursing homes to offer inpatient are in the comfort of a private suite.

    • Because moments matter, VITAS® admits patients within hours of a request, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
    • Telecare® means patients and families are never alone. VITAS® nurses answer calls 24-7.
    • Tikvah, our accredited Jewish hospice program, assures that end-of-life care is provided to Jewish patients and families in accordance with their traditions.
    • VITAS® meets the unique needs of veterans and can even help apply for benefits the patient orfamily is entitled to.
    • Because end-of-life care is different for every patient, VITAS® offers a variety of personal services: Paw Pals®, friendly visitors, music, art, Memory Bears, life review, massage.
    • VITAS® bilingual staff assures clear communication and culturally appropriate care.
    • VITAS® accepts Medicare, MediCal and private insurance.

    VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®
    Information: 1.800.723.3233
    website: www.VITAS.com

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    Mission Statement

    VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exemplifying the VITAS Values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocates and are proactive in meeting the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.

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    Volunteers are the heart of VITAS Healthcare, providing friendly, non-medical patient and family care and offering support services in the office, using their cars and from their own homes.

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    Would you recommend VITAS Healthcare of SF Bay Area?

    by C T. (16 октября 2011 г.)

    Enjoy making the memory bear to help families in need. Expect and feel excited to participate in the Chinese Bereavement support group.

    by Christina T. (27 сентября 2011 г.)

    I am a middle school teacher and brought some of my students here to volunteer and earn community service hours. Kayla, the Director of Volunteers, was very helpful, friendly, and the kids loved her! Because of their young age, my students were only able to complete clerical work in the Vitas office, but they had a fun time. It was a chance for them to see what the real world was all about. At the end of their two hour shifts, the students always asked Kayla if they could stay longer. I would highly recommend Vitas for anyone looking for a satisfying volunteer experience. If my students and I had a great time in the office just folding and labeling fliers, you will have a great time working one-on-one with hospice patients!

    by Shamalah-Allah S. (26 сентября 2011 г.)

    VITAS is a super great organization. They have excellent training and various opportunities to work with people in need. If you are busy with a full time job and still want to volunteer, you can still participate and volunteer as little as a few hours a week if you want. The staff is warm and welcoming. I highly recommend you give them a try.

    by Mariya S. (26 сентября 2011 г.)

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    Caseworker Home Care Job Details

    Overview: Why VITAS Healthcare and What Do They Offer Me?
    VITAS Healthcare is the nation’s leading provider of end of life care. We provide our employees opportunities for professional growth, advancement and competitive benefits.

    The Caseworker is that member of patient care operations whose primary function is to assist in providing direct casework services to the patient and family within the hospice program of care.

    • Provides assistance to the Corporate Patient Accounting Department in collection of claims with regards to their particular programs.
    • Evaluates all patients considered for admission as Medicaid pending through completing a financial assessment.
    • Takes a proactive role in the application process which includes submitting application, providing periodic updates with agency workers, gathering information and following up with the patient/family regarding their responsibilities and participation throughout this process.
    • Actively works with the Admissions Department during the intake process to aid in establishing the correct payor source.

    Benefits Include

    • Competitive compensation
    • Health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
    • Pre-tax healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
    • Life insurance
    • 401(k) plan with numerous investment options and generous company match
    • Cancer and/or critical illness benefit
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Paid Time Off
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Legal Insurance
    • Affinity Program

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum of two (2) years experience in a health-care environment in which the primary job function was community resources utilization which included patient contact.
    • Reliable transportation with adequate insurance coverage for driver and passenger.
    • Fiedl experience in working with community clients.
    • Good oral and written communication skills.
    • Good organizational skills.
    • Extensive knowledge of community resources within the specific community in which the hospice is located.
    • Knowledge of local, county, applicable state and federal assistance programs.
    • Capacity to work with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to become proficient in company software programs.

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related Social Science field from an accredited school.

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    Motel was established in the late 90s and is a contemporary fashion brand that loves vintage. This combination of the cutting edge and the traditionally chic has produced designs that make an eclectic and creative addition to any wardrobe. The British fashion label is now one of the leading names in accessible modern fashion and its fun and playful aesthetic has inspired a diverse range of wearable, trend led designs. Shop the clothing range from Motel for mini skirts and pinafore dresses, slouchy knits and prom dresses.

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    Hospice Eligibility

    A common misconception about hospice is that it is a service provided only to cancer patients. The fact is that we provide care to patients with any end stage diagnosis. These may include, but are not limited to:

    • Metastatic Malignancies
    • Heart Disease
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Lung Disease
    • Stroke and/or Coma
    • AIDS
    • Neurological Diseases (Alzheimer s, Parkinson s, Dementia, etc.)
    • Lou Gehrig s Disease (ALS)
    • Failure of Multiple Organ Systems
    • Failure to Thrive
    • Debility and Decline

    Is it true that you must have only six months to live to be eligible for the Medicare Hospice Benefit?
    Another common, and unfortunate, misconception about hospice is that the use of hospice care somehow guarantees the patient has less than six months to live. Medicare defines the hospice standards that are used by Medicare hospice providers, Pennsylvania hospice providers and most private insurance companies. Medicare has provided the following explanation and clarification regarding the hospice benefit eligibility guidelines.

    Generally speaking, the hospice benefit is intended primarily for use by patients whose prognosis is terminal, with six months or less life expectancy. [However], the Medicare program recognizes that terminal illnesses do not have entirely predictable courses.

    Recognizing that prognoses can be unpredictable and may change, Medicare s benefit is not limited in terms of time. Hospice care is available as long as the patient s prognosis meets the law s six month test. This test is a general one based on the [attending] physician s and/or Medical Director s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual s illness. Medicare recognizes that making medical prognostications of life expectancy is not always an exact science.

    Under this philosophy, Medicare has specified a procedure for certification and periodic recertification of the patient s eligibility for care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This procedure provides two 90-day eligibility certification periods followed by an UNLIMITED number of 60-day eligibility certification periods. As long as the patient, in the judgment of the primary physician and hospice Medical Director, continues to meet the six month criteria during each certification period, the patient can continue to receive care under the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

    When does hospice care become appropriate?
    Hospice care becomes appropriate when an individual has a life-limiting illness or condition. The patient s primary physician and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Medical Director will work together to make this medical determination. The patient and family then determine whether the patient wishes to enter the hospice care program.

    The following guidelines are used to assist the physician and hospice Medical Director in making a judgment regarding an individual s eligibility for hospice care.

    The patient has a declining functional status as determined by either:

    • A Karnofsky Performance Status of 50% or less (The Karnofsky Performance Status is an evaluation that assesses a person s ability to function independently)
    • Dependence in 3 out of 6 Activities of Daily Living
    • Frequent hospitalizations
    • Frequent trips to the Emergency Room
    • Weight loss of 10% or more in the last 4 to 6 months
    • Serum Albumin less than 2.5 gm / dl (Albumin is a component of protein and makes up one half of plasma protein)
    • Patient and family have elected comfort care rather than curative treatment

    Informal Hospice Eligibility Questionnaire
    We have also prepared the following brief questionnaire that can help you determine whether hospice care is right for you or your loved one.

    You or your loved one may be eligible for hospice care if you check 4 or more statements. However, your primary physician and our Medical Director will make the final decision regarding eligibility.

    Please review the following statements as they apply to you or your loved one to see if hospice care may be appropriate.

    • I have started feeling more tired and weak
    • I experience shortness of breath, even when resting
    • I spend most of the day in bed or in a chair
    • I have noticed an increased weight loss in the past six months
    • I make frequent phone calls to my physician
    • I take medications to lessen physical pain
    • I have fallen several times in the past six months
    • I have made frequent trips to the emergency room in the past six months
    • I need help from others with important daily activities (bathing, dressing, eating, cooking, walking, getting out of bed)
    • My doctor has told me my life expectancy is limited

    If you have checked 4 or more items on the questionnaire, you may want to begin your research into hospice care by seeking the opinion and advice of your (or the affected individual s) primary physician. If you do not have a primary physician, we will be happy to refer you to our Medical Director, who is a Doctor of Internal Medicine.

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    Sacred Heart Health System, based in Pensacola, Florida, encourages you to picture yourself in a valuable role with Northwest Florida’s leading health care provider. Area consumers consistently rank Sacred Heart as the healthcare provider that provides patients with the best overall quality. Studies by National Research Corporation also find that our Sacred Heart doctors and nurses are rated best in the region.

    Sacred Heart is a member of the Ascension . the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Together, we share a mission to provide high quality, spiritually-centered healthcare to all persons, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.

    We are fortunate to attract people who believe in our mission and who are dedicated to the service of our patients and their families.

    Our Health System also attracts the 150 physicians to practice opportunities with Sacred Heart Medical Group . the region’s largest network of primary care physicians and specialists.

    Our Health System has high expectations of those who join our mission, but at the same time, we regard our associates as our most valuable asset. We recognize that it is our associates who drive our success and meet the needs of our patients every day. So to attract and retain the best staff, we provide our associates with highly competitive salaries and we offer an excellent, flexible benefits package .

    Here are some of some of the latest healthcare jobs which we are recruiting for:

    If you’re interested in becoming a part of our team of healthcare professionals, we invite you to click on the “Search for Jobs” button above or click here to view a list of all of the open job positions at Sacred Heart Health System.

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    Our Remembrance Walk is symbolic of the journey taken when someone we love dies. Anyone who has experienced grief will tell you some days all you can do is put one foot in front of the other. Please join us on October 1st at McDade Park and walk to remember. It is our hope that families and friends will walk together using the time to remember their loved ones and recognizing wherever they are on their journey through grief they will have someone beside them. Registration is easy! Just…

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    Members of the Remembrance Walk Planning Committee are hard at work on the details of the event so participants will enjoy a fun, family-oriented day. Please join us on October 1st! Registration is simple, you can find the link with information about the walk and how to register on our homepage at www.hospicesacr edheart.org.

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    Forced to Choose: Nursing Home vs. Hospice

    November 30, 2012

    An older person, someone who will die within six months, leaves a hospital. Where does she go?

    Almost a third of the time, according to a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco, records show she takes advantage of Medicare’s skilled-nursing facility benefit and enters a nursing home. But is that the best place for end-of-life care?

    In terms of monitoring her vital signs and handling IVs — the round-the-clock nursing care that the skilled-nursing facility benefit is designed to provide — maybe so. But for treating end-of-life symptoms like pain and shortness of breath, for providing spiritual support for her and her family, for palliative care that helps her through the ultimate transition – hospice is the acknowledged expert.

    She could receive hospice care, also covered by Medicare, while in the nursing home. But since Medicare only rarely reimburses for both hospice and the skilled-nursing facility benefit at the same time, this hypothetical patient and her family face a financial bind. If she opts for the hospice benefit, which does not include room and board at the nursing home, then she will be on the hook for hundreds of dollars a day to remain in the facility.

    She could use the hospice benefit at home, of course. But, “we know these patients are medically complex,” said Katherine Aragon, lead author of the study in The Archives of Internal Medicine. and now a palliative care specialist at Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts. “And we know that taking care of someone near the end of life can be very demanding, hard for families to manage at home.” And that assumes the patient has a family or a home.

    For some patients, a nursing home, though possibly dreaded, is the only place that can provide 24/7 care.

    But if she uses the skilled-nursing facility benefit to pay for room and board in a facility, she probably has to forgo hospice. (The exception: if she was hospitalized for something unrelated to her hospice diagnosis. If she has cancer, then trips and breaks a hip, she can have both nursing home coverage and hospice. If cancer itself caused the bone to fracture, no dice.)

    Let’s acknowledge that these are lousy choices.

    The study, using data from the National Health and Retirement Study from 1994 through 2007, looked at more than 5,000 people who initially lived in the community – that is, not in a facility. About 30 percent used the skilled-nursing facility benefit during the final six months of life; those people were likely to be over 85 and family members said, after their deaths, that they had expected them to die soon. (The benefit is commonly referred to as S.N.F. which people in the field pronounce as “sniff”).

    The choice to use S.N.F. had ongoing repercussions. Almost 43 percent of those who used it died in a nursing home and almost 40 percent in a hospital. Just 11 percent died at home, though that is where most people prefer to die, studies repeatedly show.

    Among those who didn’t use the S.N.F. benefit, more than 40 percent died at home.

    In effect, nursing homes were providing end-of-life care, expensively and probably not so well, for almost a third of the elderly population.

    The skilled-nursing facility benefit, Dr. Aragon pointed out in an interview, is meant to provide rehabilitation. “The hope is that someone will get stronger and go home,” she said.

    Sometimes, of course, that is what happens.

    “What we may be missing is that this patient is on an end-of-life trajectory,” she continued. “Maybe they can’t get stronger.”

    Moreover, Dr. Aragon pointed out, nursing homes often have financial incentives to keep re-hospitalizing patients. After three days in a hospital, the skilled-nursing facility benefit starts anew, and it reimburses at a higher level than Medicaid, which pays for most nursing home care.

    Because this unhappy choice between hospice care and nursing home reimbursement reflects federal policy, there may be little that individual families can do. If physicians are willing to honestly discuss their patients’ prognosis, to assess whether a nursing home stay will lead to rehabilitation or whether it is where a patient will likely die, sooner rather than later, families may have some personal options.

    If they knew that death was likely within a few months, they might try to provide care at home with hospice help for that limited time, difficult as that is. Or they might be able to muster enough money to pay for a few months in a nursing home, so that their parent can be a resident and still receive hospice care.

    But these are still lousy choices. “Palliative care should be part of nursing home care,” said Alexander K. Smith, the study’s senior author and a palliative care specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. “And that regulation that prevents concurrent use of the S.N.F. benefit and hospice isn’t in the interest of patients and families.”

    Coming up in a future post: Experimenting with a concurrent-coverage option.

    Paula Span is the author of “When the Time Comes: Families With Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions.”

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    The Virtual Hospice is an end-of-life care experience, a programme designed to provide a welcoming, safe, therapeutic space for people with advanced illnesses; their caregivers; and the health professionals who support them.

    We created The Virtual Hospice so that, when it was needed, people could experience hospice-style care no matter where they were: at home, in an aged care facility, or in a hospital.

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    Friends of Palliative Care Walkathon update

    The Friends of Palliative Care Annual Fun Run and Walkathon was held on Sunday May 15, 2016. Within the grounds of CB Alexander College TOCAL this is a major fundraising event for the FOPC. All money from the walkathon goes back into our community.

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    Deb’s recent bike tour of Mt Hotham, Vic

    Deb s focus is unquestioned!

    A lull between the peaks or just a well earned rest with a spectacular view?

    Welcome Dr Lori Benton

    In 2016, The Virtual Hospice will host a series of four Senior Resident Medical Officers (SRMO) as they rotate through Palliative Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Paediatrics attachments at The Maitland Hospital. The SRMOs are trainees in general practice for GP SYNERGY (formerly Valley-to-Coast General Practice) which provides the Australian General Practice Training programme. The trainees will use these rotations to shore up their knowledge in sub-specialty areas. The Virtual Hospice is pleased and excited to welcome Dr Lori Benton, our very first SRMO. Lori will be caring for patients in the community and in Maitland Hospital.

    For the record, her favourite colour is blue, she loves Salsa dancing, and she makes a great banana cake. Make her welcome.

    Quality Guided Tours from strength to strength

    In 2015 our attendance figures were 15–20+ people each month, who braved the isolation of grief to interact with others in the same boat. The success of these gatherings depends on a number of things: the kindnesses and generosity of the Maitland community in opening their doors to host the tours; the wonderful patronage of the Friends of Palliative Care who provide each attendee with coffee and cake as a marker of hospitality and care; the marvellous Virtual Hospice Tour Leader, Suzanne Teyhan and our Virtual Hospice Guide, Suzie Knesevic; and the warmth of the bereaved, who, despite their own situation, extend a hand of friendship and welcome to others more unsure than themselves.

    In 2016 there are walking and talking tours planned, trips to local businesses and local community service groups, and a few surprises in store. We would welcome photos or stories from the participants, so keep in touch!

    Reconnaissance

    Throughout 2015, The Virtual Hospice was honoured to have hosted 3 wonderful final year Medical students from the University of Newcastle as part of their Special Study Option in Year 5. Each student completes an experiential learning programme known as Reconnaissance, tailored for every day of the week.

    Jordan Cox was our first student at the beginning of the year, and managed to survive the four week attachment despite floodwaters and road closures! It’s always hard being the first person through a course: there are wrinkles to be ironed out, but Jordan handled it all with ease. Her final contribution was a poem, written in ballad form, which illustrated her ability to ‘see’ the person beneath the patient mask. Jordan is now working in the Emergency Department of Maitland Hospital: an excellent advocate for palliative care.

    Dave Townsend came along after Jordan and laid us in the aisles with his expertise in social media. Throughout his attachment, we put Dave to work with his skills: he made our presence known in social media as the End-of-Life Professionals (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr); was our guest speaker at a number of education sessions; and provided a wonderful Roll of Honour at the Remembrance Service. His time spent in Virtual Hospice will be helpful for his future career as a general practitioner. Right now he is working hard as an orthopaedic JMO in The Maitland Hospital.

    Amy Ferguson was our third student in Reconnaissance. Amy used her artistic skills to enhance not only her learning experience in end-of-life care but to produce a series of beautiful artworks depicting her feelings about a number of patient encounters experienced in her attachment. Her ‘major work’ shows a woman in blue with painted fingernails, reclining amongst her symptoms. Breathtakingly beautiful. At last count, Amy was travelling the world before starting her internship on the Central Coast.

    Medical students enhance the lives of their patients as well as the health-care professionals who work alongside them. We are grateful to the University of Newcastle for allowing us the opportunity to not only teach and mentor these people, but to learn from them as well. Our next student SSO Reconnaissance experience takes place at the end of February 2016.

    Our latest medical student, Michelle Poon has written a piece of poetry, called CLOUDLESS. reflecting her Reconnaissance experience. It can be read here .

    The Pet Connection

    The importance of our precious pets

    Every day the palliative care team meets and greets a variety of pets. The whole team appreciates the value of pets in the lives of our patients and families. The pets are considered part of the families that we visit. These animals are often intuitive and will demonstrate their concern if something is wrong or the patient is sick. The pets are always supportive and of great comfort to both the patient and the families. They provide unconditional love. They connect the patient, families, and carers, and even let the staff become a part of their life. It’s amazing how a pet can even be an ice-breaker when we first see someone in their home. Pets are a great distraction and bring positive change to the lives of the palliative care patients and their families and carers.

    With the permission of their owners, we would like to show you some of the most important members of a palliative care support team. Keep an eye on the right-hand side of our home page as we add new pets.

    Look Who s Talking

    Look Who s Talking (Wellbeing ) is back in full swing in 2016 so check Maitland City Library s website for details. A big thank you to The Maitland City Library, and to Keryl Collard and all her great staff for their hard work in helping us present Look Who s Talking (Wellbeing) to the Maitland Community. What an excellent community service!

    Be honest with yourself. Share your feelings with people around you. Be gentle. Be patient. Be open to receiving the gift of care from others.

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    Last Updated. April 9, 2013

    Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross, author of the book “On Death and Dying,” also considered to be the founder of the death with dignity and hospice care movement said, “There is no joy without hardship. If not for death, would we appreciate life? Those who learn to know death, rather than to fear and fight it, become our teachers about life.” The entire philosophy behind end-of-life care, often called hospice or palliative care, is about love, kindness, and dignity—and learning to appreciate life. Helping to ease the pain and grief that comes with death is the role of those rare individuals that are willing to work with the dying; the palliative care specialist.

    Physician assistants are an integral part of a hospice team; if you are currently pursuing a degree in an online allied health program and are interested in one of the top paying health care careers, consider the available careers in hospice health care. It is a labor of love, and a field where a physician s assistant can really help patients and their families, and is a unique allied health specialty.

    What is Palliative (Hospice) Care?

    Palliative Care tackles both the physical and the psychological aspects of the end of life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), palliative care is “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.” Those that work in hospices are palliative care specialists.

    The WHO goes on to list the following to describe hospice care:

    • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
    • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
    • Intends neither to hasten or postpone death
    • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
    • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
    • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement
    • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counseling, if indicated
    • Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness
    • Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.

    What Comprise a Hospice Team?

    Working in hospices you will find physicians, nurses, home care aids, social workers, therapists and counselors, and the family of the dying individual. Hospice care is often provided both in the home and in a hospice center.

    Because of our aging population, hospice care is in high demand, and there is a critical shortage of those special people that can work in the hospice field. Home Care Aids are especially in high demand in the hospice field, and this allied health career offers stability and substantial personal and financial reward.

    How Do I Work in Hospice Care?

    Palliative care specialists are obviously physicians and nurses, but there are many careers in hospice health care available that also help provide this important care. Home Care Aids are a large part of a hospice care team, offering the kind of intimate care that is needed for the very sick.

    Most community, career, and vocational college offer Home Care Aid certification programs. In order to work in the Medicare system, specific guidelines must be met, and home care aids must pass a specific test. Most programs are between one and two years.

    A Special Gift: A Peaceful Passing

    Working in hospice care requires a special person. Because the focus is on comfort rather than cure, most patients in hospice care are in their last six months of life. Hospice care provides patients with pain and symptom relief as well as emotional support for the patients and their families.

    If you want to give the gift of death with dignity and an absence of pain, perhaps working in hospice care if right for you. Helping ease the end for the terminally ill is quite a gift indeed.

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    May 21, 2010 Fiscal Year 2015 . Impact of Nursing Shortage on Hospice Care . Crosswalk
    Guide to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) and Critical
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    4/25/2015. 1. CMS HOSPITAL . The discharge planning CoPs have been
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    Mar 27, 2015 Our Form 8-K, dated March 27, 2015 to which the following supplemental slides
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    hospitals, including Medicare hospital conditions of participation.

    April 24, 2015. Michele Walton. CMS. Survey Certification Group CMS
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    Jun 30, 2014 Part 1 of 4: A Detailed Review of the Final CMS FY 2014 IPPS Rule. 1
    Conditions. Reduction Previous Rulings for FY 2015 Payment Determination.
    CMS . Patients enrolled in Medicare Hospice Program any time in 12 months
    . ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalks for measure specifications available for.

    Fiscal Year 2014 Proposed Rule for Medicare Hospice. Wage Index reductions
    scheduled for 2015 and 2016, the entire BNAF will be eliminated. This .
    condition is also reiterated. CMS that crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes.
    CMS . three quarters of the continuous monthly participation (April 1, 2015
    December.

    A. Crosswalk of Definitions by Provider Type. . For promoting participation in
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    on home health agencies, hospices, and nursing homes. . chronic illness; injury
    ; physical, cognitive, or mental disability; or other health-related conditions (HHS,.

    Adoption and Use in Home Health and Hospice. NCHS Data Brief . June 2011
    . Medicare Program; Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for Community Mental.

    Sep 16, 2014 Number of Medicare Certified Hospices by type between. 1986 and 2012 .
    Section J: Health Conditions (Pain and Dyspnea). Section N:

    Participation in Medicare Plans. . inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facilities (
    SNF), hospice, and home health. Medicare Part B Only those conditions
    supported by 2015. Optum will include the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM crosswalk
    in.

    Nov 11, 2014 Identify 2015 changes to Medicare delivery and Home Health/Hospice MACs (
    HH MACs) . *CMS Crosswalk may be incorrect/suggested correct code (RW) .
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    Hearings starting October 27, 2014 Participation in cases involving:.

    Aug 1, 2014 hospice, social support services, and others based on community needs. 2.
    Recognize needed to determine how to meet Medicare Conditions of
    Participation or to propose a new Complete crosswalk between military
    training and civilian licensure requirements could be sought in the 2015
    session.

    Dec 14, 2012 Doug Goggin-Callahan, Medicare Rights Center Melissa Seeley, Centers for
    Medicare and Medicaid. Katherine Marlay, Office . CY2015. CY2016. (A) MA
    penetration for Demonstration population in county. 25% and medical
    conditions to predict costs . Dual Eligible Participation in Managed Care.

    Oct 23, 2014 would love to have you participate in the planning for the 2015 Annual.
    Conference. decisions about the problems confronting hospices.

    goers and solicited participation in a brief research . of home health care
    provided under Medicare if they had at least research team to develop a
    crosswalk of the key . conducted, and whether 2010, 2015, and 2020
    conditions, and 14 activities of daily living (range . and by the time the hospice
    option is discussed,.

    On July 6, 2012, CMS issued the 2013 Medicare physician fee one or more
    prevalent chronic conditions or episodes of care for one or more major
    procedures. . are receiving payment for home health or hospice care plan
    oversight RVU crosswalk. . A new administrative claims reporting option for
    the 2015 and 2016

    May 5, 2014 Year (CY) 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (RHHIs), Home Health and
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    (Posted on 2012-03-29 17:25:00 by )

    You should feel very proud of yourselves – youth is so easily labelled negatively these days and you are working to redress that balance. Most young people are positive, helpful and dynamic and we don t hear enough about the kind of work you guys are doing. The experiencet will probably be one that wil stay with you for the rest of your lives. Excellent work and well done to all concerned.

    (Posted on 2012-02-14 19:57:00 by )

    Good job, this defo looks like a pro web and good luck with the fund raising

    (Posted on 2012-02-13 11:36:00 by )

    Nice to see such a dedicated bunch of lads helping a worthy cause in their community. Keep up the good work! x

    (Posted on 2012-02-11 23:32:00 by )

    It s awesome to see youths in the community helping out with such a worthy cause!

    (Posted on 2012-02-10 21:28:00 by )

    Great to see a group of young lads actively participating in attempting to improve their community. Very worthy and worthwhile project and I hope it goes well and is a success.

    (Posted on 2012-02-10 21:22:00 by )

    I think that the work this hospice does is amazing and more people should be aware of this cause. keep it up.

    (Posted on 2012-02-10 17:23:00 by )

    My Grandma was recently admitted to this hospice and they helped us out a lot. It s so nice to see them being appreciated!

    (Posted on 2012-02-09 21:59:00 by )

    Very Well done boys, shown initiative and dedication to undergo a worthwhile campaign and create a superb website. Best of luck to you all.

    (Posted on 2012-02-09 21:28:00 by )

    Very pleasing to see a group taking this seriously and putting in the effort. A credit to yourselves and your school

    (Posted on 2012-02-09 09:47:00 by )

    Fantastic web site. Very professional. I hope you get a lot of visitors – and good luck with your fund raising.

    (Posted on 2012-02-09 09:08:00 by )

    Fantastic. You seem like a really dedicated group of lads. Love the logo! Good luck with your efforts!

    (Posted on 2012-02-09 12:24:00 by )

    Thankyou for this amazing, formal website, its helped a man of my self to open my 2 eyes. 10 out of 10 on the website, please keep this up!

    (Posted on 2012-02-08 22:07:00 by )

    Good website and keep up the good work!
    Nice to see young lads showing some initiative.

    (Posted on 2012-02-06 20:06:00 by )

    Here you will find a selection of photos of the Hospice that we are helping, as well as our group photo. The picture in the banner above is also from the hospice.

    Please enjoy these pictures as the gardens, interior and generally the whole Hospice has been maintained by volunteers.

    John Taylor Hospice is found in Erdington. It is a hospice where patients come first. Not only do they care for patients in the hospice but they send support out to many families.

    We have already begun to raise funds for this magnificent cause and we aim to do more for this Hospice. JTH is no longer supported by the NHS. It would be devastating for them to fall short of funds

    We have set out to raise awareness about JTH and what it does, we hope to fundraise for refurbishments to JTH and also show that youth can contribute constructively to their communities on their own inititative.

    Help the Hospice have teamed up with a local restaurant in Kingstanding to create a charity meal! The meal will take place on the 22nd of April, starting at 6:00 pm.

    Also if there are any problems or if you cannot come on that day please email us to the same address.

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    CMS Training
    Joint training will take place via three (3) CMS sponsored satellite training sessions which are archived at the CMS website.

    Information on the CMS satellite training is available at:

    CMS will host 4 satellite broadcasts scheduled from 12:00 noon � 1:30 pm Central Standard Time (CST) on Thursday, January 22, 2009; Thursday, February 19, 2009; Friday, March 13, 2009 and Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Broadcasts can be viewed by members of the public by satellite coordinates provided on the CMS website approximately 2 weeks prior to the broadcast.

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    This module has been created to educate health care providers about the Palliative Performance Scale.

    There are a number of questions in this first version of the module to assist Lee Ann Fox RN, BScN, CON(C), CHPCN(C), graduate student University of Victoria, in her research to understand the needs of providers in these area.

    This module will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

    Objectives

    After completing this module you will be able to:

    explain the components of the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)

    apply the PPS to a variety of clinical examples

    describe the utility and risks of using a communication tool like the PPS

    Palliative Care

    The sunflower is the international symbol of hospice care. Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care and may be more familiar to you as palliative care.

    The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association defines Hospice Palliative Care as “care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.”[1]

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    Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare in the U.S. (Markets for Surgery, Visualization, Rehabilitation and Training)

    What are virtual reality technologies and how are they being used in healthcare today? What areas of healthcare are seeing the most use of these products? What is the expected market opportunity for companies entering the market for VR equipment? Who are the main players in the VR market and what moves are they making to grow market share? These are among the questions answered in Kalorama Information’s Virtual Reality in Healthcare in the U.S.

    The use of virtual reality (VR) technologies in the U.S. healthcare industry has expanded tremendously due to extensive product development and the growing implementation of healthcare information technology (HIT) infrastructure. Virtual reality applications in the healthcare industry are associated with many leading areas of medical technology innovation including robot-assisted surgery, augmented reality (AR) surgery, computer-assisted surgery (CAS), image-guided surgery (IGS), surgical navigation, multi-modality image fusion, medical imaging 3D/4D reconstruction, pre-operative surgical planning, virtual colonoscopy, virtual surgical simulation, virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET), and VR physical rehabilitation and motor skills training. The clinical and enterprise benefits of healthcare VR technology are numerous and include improved patient outcomes, reduced medical errors, improved minimally-invasive surgical (MIS) technique, improved physician collaboration in diagnosis, and improved psychological and motor rehabilitation.

    In Kalorama Information’s 2nd edition of Virtual Reality in Healthcare in the U.S. analyst Emil Salazar looks at the current and future market for commercialized VR technologies as divided on the basis of the four application areas:

    • Surgery, including surgical navigation, IGS, CAS, AR surgery, and robot-assisted surgery
    • Medical Data Visualization. including multi-modality image fusion, advanced 2D/3D/4D image reconstruction, and pre-operative planning and other advanced analytical software tools
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    Medicare Part D Hospice

    When a patient elects hospice, the hospice provides all of the care related to the terminal illness and related conditions. Patients at the end of life may also have several different medical conditions with which they have struggled for years but are not related to the terminal condition. In these cases, the other medical conditions are not the responsibility of the hospice; they are the responsibility of the patient’s primary insurer, which is usually Medicare, and Medicare Part D for medications.

    In March 2014, CMS issued guidance to the Part D provider and hospice communities introducing a “prior authorization” process for how the two groups should determine who pays for which drugs once a patient enters hospice. Members of Congress have called for CMS to slow the process and convene the stakeholders to create the appropriate communication channels and processes for prior authorizations. However, CMS has provided little instruction and absolutely no infrastructure to ensure that hospices and Part D plans can successfully implement this process without impacting patient access to medications. NHPCO and HAN have developed the Policy Points video and many other resources for Advocates and allies to better understand this complicated issue.

    Thanks to the hard work of Hospice Advocates across the country, 75 Senators and 202 Members of the House of Representatives signed on to letters asking CMS to temporarily lift implementation of current Part D and hospice guidance and work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders toward a better policy solution. To view a complete list of all co-signers, click here .

    For an comprehensive collection of resources on Part D and hospice, including an interactive timeline, visit the archives on this issue .

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    Company Overview of Hospice Advantage, LLC

    Company Overview

    Hospice Advantage, LLC provides end-of-life care services to patients and families in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. It offers hospice, home care, and therapeutic services. The company also administers and oversees palliative care services; addresses the care needs associated with life-limiting illnesses; provides personal care services; and assists patients with basic needs, such as nutrition, bathing, cleanliness, and household tasks. In addition, it provides companionship, general assistance, and run errand services, as well as reads aloud patients favorite books; me.

    Hospice Advantage, LLC provides end-of-life care services to patients and families in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. It offers hospice, home care, and therapeutic services. The company also administers and oversees palliative care services; addresses the care needs associated with life-limiting illnesses; provides personal care services; and assists patients with basic needs, such as nutrition, bathing, cleanliness, and household tasks. In addition, it provides companionship, general assistance, and run errand services, as well as reads aloud patients favorite books; medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital bed sets, and other medical supplies, as well as labor and other diagnostic studies related to the terminal illness; and bereavement services. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Bay City, Michigan. As of October 7, 2015, Hospice Advantage, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Hospice Compassus, Inc.

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    The Palliative Performance Scale

    The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) is a valid, reliable functional assessment tool developed by Victoria Hospice that is based on the Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS ) [3] and is incorporated into the collaborative care plans in the Palliative Care Integration Project that began in Kingston. This tool provides a framework for measuring progressive decline in palliative patients.

    In the PPS[4]. physical performance is measured in 10% decremental levels from fully ambulatory and healthy (100%) to death (0%). These levels are further differentiated by five observable parameters:

    the degree of ambulation

    ability to do activities/extent of disease

    ability to do self care

    level of consciousness

    “Stronger” performance indicators are located on the left, and “softer” ones on the right. In determining the patient’s PPS then, we would first find the level that fits with the patient’s ambulation level. From that we would work across the scale keeping in mind that the leftward indicators have more value than those on the right. We can not choose between levels (e.g. 45%). Simply make your best assessment to determine the PPS.

    PPS Stages

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    Texas Non-Profit Hospice Alliance Quality Care First Stewardship Always

    We’re an organization of independently owned hospices dedicated to providing quality end-of-life hospice care. Our members average more than 20 years of expertise and commitment to the communities they serve.

    Though each member is independently owned and operated, we are united in the belief that the non-profit hospice model best reflects the caring culture that exists in our Texas communities – where neighbors join together to focus their energies on comprehensive and compassionate care for their patients and their families.

    Our mission is to enhance the availability of non-profit hospice care throughout Texas.

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    The Karnofsky Performance Scale Index allows patients to be classified as to their functional impairment. This can be used to compare effectiveness of different therapies and to assess the prognosis in individual patients. The lower the Karnofsky score, the worse the survival for most serious illnesses.

    KARNOFSKY PERFORMANCE STATUS SCALE DEFINITIONS RATING (%) CRITERIA

    Able to carry on normal activity and to work; no special care needed.

    Normal no complaints; no evidence of disease.

    Able to carry on normal activity; minor signs or symptoms of disease.

    Normal activity with effort; some signs or symptoms of disease.

    Unable to work; able to live at home and care for most personal needs; varying amount of assistance needed.

    Cares for self; unable to carry on normal activity or to do active work.

    Requires occasional assistance, but is able to care for most of his personal needs.

    Requires considerable assistance and frequent medical care.

    Unable to care for self; requires equivalent of institutional or hospital care; disease may be progressing rapidly.

    Disabled; requires special care and assistance.

    Severely disabled; hospital admission is indicated although death not imminent.

    Very sick; hospital admission necessary; active supportive treatment necessary.

    Moribund; fatal processes progressing rapidly.

    References:
    Crooks, V, Waller S, et al. The use of the Karnofsky Performance Scale in determining outcomes and risk in geriatric outpatients. J Gerontol. 1991; 46: M139-M144.
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    O’Toole DM, Golden AM. Evaluating cancer patients for rehabilitation potential. West J Med. 1991; 155:384-387.
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Oxford University Press. 1993;109.
    Schag CC, Heinrich RL, Ganz PA. Karnofsky performance status revisited: Reliability, validity, and guidelines. J Clin Oncology. 1984; 2:187-193.

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    Nathan Adelson Hospice

    Nathan Adelson Hospice

    By Dawn Metcalfe | January 31, 2011

    Nathan Adelson Hospice developed a strategy that reduced our accounts receivables over 90 days by 80% in the first six months. Was the approach totally revolutionary? No. It was as simple as revisiting and recommitting to the basics of successfully managing accounts receivable.

    Nathan Adelson’s mission is to provide patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in our community. We honor the importance of choice and control for those who are ill so they may define for themselves the most comfortable and dignified manner in which to live.

    As a not-for-profit hospice provider based in Las Vegas, Nathan Adelson strives to achieve a balance between the business aspects of hospice and our mission. Improved cash collections as a result of a strong accounts receivable management policy positions our organization to provide ongoing care to our patients and families at the most critical time in their lives.

    We determined several factors that were intrinsic to effective management of our receivables:

    • Establish a commonality between the finance objectives and our clinical mission.
    • Know our insurance contract potential.
    • Target specific challenges to timely billing and collection within our organization.
    • Develop simple tracking tools for monitoring activity and results.
    • Empower our billing team and set expectations for positive results.

    Expectations for positive results were set:

    • Reinforced the importance of effectively managing the accounts receivable to the continued success of the organization.
    • Created teamwork between departments by establishing ownership of common issues.
    • Encouraged consistency in following the process in spite of time constraints or conflicting priorities.
    • Acknowledged departments/employees whose extra efforts contributed to success took place.
    • Established and communicated the correlation between extra efforts and improved results.

    Commitment was organizationwide and started from the top. We used every opportunity to educate and garner support from the management team and staff by attending meetings at all levels. The accounts receivable goals were quantified in terms that each group could internalize.

    A periodic review of our existing contract base for negotiating potential was implemented. We communicated contract information to all areas of the organization and highlighted collaboration efforts in negotiating new or improved contracts. Relationships with case managers and human resources benefit team members were developed, and we identified and explained what differentiates our hospice from competitors. We educated employers on the value of providing hospice benefits to their employees and the potential financial savings to the company. We never assumed a specific payer or employer was off-limits.

    An impediment to effective accounts receivable management was the untimely billing of charges. We established timelines for submitting timesheets and billing charges within the finance and clinical divisions. Accomplishments and failures of each billing cycle were communicated to all responsible staff and management and we incorporated compliance into performance expectations. Consistent follow-up was vital to our ongoing success.

    Tracking tools focused on those issues that had been identified as challenges. For example, reports explaining variances between expected and actual billing dates and dollars billed were used to identify when snags were occurring. Dollar amounts by specific issue were highlighted. A weekly analysis of all balances over 90 days allowed us to review actions taken over a period of time and identify problems requiring additional investigation. Communication of issues between billing staff and the admission department was mandated.

    The billing staff was trained to identify and proactively address external issues early in the billing process. They were supported in their efforts to resolve issues with co-workers and payers and recognized for their individual and team accomplishments.

    One example of how our new strategies and philosophy changed work functionality is that historically, the finance department had the task of being the only staff members to contact and work with insurance companies. Through effective staff collaboration, and shift in establishing a commonality between the finance objectives and our clinical mission, the admissions team began making the initial contact with the insurance companies. While this does not seem like a major paradigm shift, we know that changing roles and responsibilities can create their own challenges. We found that connecting the admissions team with the insurance company eliminated some of the clinical documentation issues related to billing, thereby reducing authorization and claim payment delays.

    Getting back to the basics required a commitment from the whole organization. Was it worth it? We think so.

    Dawn Metcalfe is vice president of finance and administration for Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas.

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    NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE

    When thinking of family volunteer opportunities, a hospice does not immediately come to mind. Nathan Adelson Hospice (NAH) defies that limited thought process on two levels. First, it is a nonprofit treating end-of-life issues and actively encouraging family volunteer participation. Second, this is accomplished in Las Vegas, Nevada, a city most do not associate with family values.

    NAH was founded by a family and has always promoted a familial concept. The opportunities for family volunteers are as diverse as the city’s population. Hospice patients represent all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and histories. Volunteers can choose to be with patients in their homes (which may be a nursing home) or the two inpatient facilities. For those who choose to give their time in non-patient related ways, clerical duties and the thrift store provide the chance to help keep down operating costs and thereby increase the funds available for direct patient care.

    Twenty families share their commitment to community with NAH. The youngest is an elementary schooler who comes to hospice every week with her harpist mother, who provides musical diversion to the patients. The oldest is an 85-year-old grandmother, who volunteers with her 13-year-old grandson in the inpatient unit and nursing homes. Married couples, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren, parents and children make up the traditional family teams. NAH also expands the family definition to include over thirty pet therapy volunteers. These families consist of the trained volunteer and his or her certified dog. They visit patients and provide canine companionship. Many patients who do not respond to human visits will brighten at the sight and touch of a friendly dog.

    Volunteers sign an annual commitment pledging three to six hours a week of their time. Some choose to do this by taking a patient out to eat and shop. Some take their children to the thrift store to help stock shelves. Grandchildren help with clerical tasks while grandparents visit inpatients. Families have helped build storage sheds, organize an elderly patient’s belongings, rock and walk babies in the inpatient unit, and help patients write memory journals.

    The 25-year-old volunteer program at NAH officially added family volunteers five years ago, to provide added support to the dying and their families. Their presence is an assurance that the patients are not alone in the final stages of life’s journey. There are those who would wager that a hospice in Las Vegas is not a place for families to spend their volunteer time; however, that is a bet they would lose.

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