Hospice/Palliative Care

Strategies for End-of-Life Conversations During COVID-19

End-of-life conversations are difficult, but they’re an essential aspect of operating a senior care facility. Read More »

Strategies to Facilitate Safe In-Person Visits

Some facilities are moving toward allowing in-person visits again. But this is a complicated decision that needs to be made deliberately and cautiously. Read More »

4 Strategies to Help Families Plan for End-of-Life Care

Navigating sickness and death is difficult for anyone. Your senior care facility will play an important role in helping families through this period. Read More »

End-of-life wishes by video

More physicians are warming to the idea of video-recorded advance care wishes. Does your facility offer this ability to residents? Read More »

Volunteer hospice offers rural community end-of-life care for 40+ years

Since 1978, a volunteer hospice has offered end-of-life care for a remote Pacific Northwest city. The unlicensed and unregulated hospice operates on an annual budget of less than $400,000 and cares for 300 people each year. Read More »

Oregon expands electronic POLST for end-of-life care

The state's electronic registry keeps people's end-of-life care wishes just a click a way for easy access in any emergency. Read More »

Suncoast Hospice awarded for community outreach

The Florida hospice provider created programs to embrace the vibrant cultural and ethnic diversity of the Clearwater/St. Petersburg region. Read More »

Closing the gap on end-of-life care wishes

When it comes to the last stage of life, there’s a big difference between what people say they want and what they do about it, notes a new Massachusetts survey. Read More »

VNAA forms first national association for home healthcare

The new national association will raise awareness of the roles of home-based care and advocate for better financial models to support it. Read More »

2017 Leader of Tomorrow: Ana Cabrera, RN, MSc

Terminal illness and grief are multicultural experiences, and this Texas nurse has brought a deeper understanding to ethno-cultural considerations in hospice care. Read More »

Massachusetts coalition launches advance care planning app

A Massachusetts coalition is marking National Healthcare Decisions Day with a new app to get the end-of-life care conversation started. Read More »

2017 Leader of Tomorrow: Kayla Bruce, LPN

A hospice nurse at Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care (LHC) of Hammond is leading her peers in the culture change of end-of-life care through patient empowerment and behavioral understanding. Read More »

Palliative and hospice training bill back on congressional agenda

The new bill proposes funding for training as more organizations urge the need for better support for hospice and palliative care in professional settings and at home. Read More »

Home care before hospice

Home based palliative care, or pre-hospice, programs aim to improve quality of life by bringing healthcare workers into the home and better care coordination—all while cutting costs for seniors and Medicare. And research shows it’s working. Read More »

Obesity and hospice usage

Researchers combed more than 5,600 Medicare beneficiary records to study the relationship between body weight and engagement with hospice services during the last six months of life. Read More »

TX hospice indicted for $60M fraud, overmedicating

Sixteen people are mired in a $60 million scheme to rip off Medicare for false hospice services, including giving Schedule II controlled pain medication to patients who didn’t need them. Read More »

Pharmacy school to offer palliative care certificate

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy added curriculum on palliative care to train pharmacy students for end-of-life care, a rising need and visible void in the workforce. Read More »

Cannabis use highest among senior population

A new report has found the use of cannabis has nearly tripled since 2000, but little research has been conducted to show reliable, representative information about usage and attitudes among older adults. Read More »

The POLST conversation

Respecting end-of-life wishes is the ultimate goal in a person-centered care environment. So, how can caregivers help residents have "the conversation" and understand their choices? Read More »

Trump’s SCOTUS pick and ‘death with dignity’ legislation

Federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch is a well-known expert and author on the legal and ethical facets of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. If confirmed, will he kill the discussion on death with dignity? Read More »

The MOLST important document: End-of-life wishes

One NY state CCRC community takes end-of-life wishes so seriously it has made the MOLST form part of its electronic health records—the first LTC site in NY state to do so. Read More »

CMS releases hospice utilization tool

The new data set will allow for easier analytics on how—and where—hospice serCMS releases hospice utilization toolvices are being delivered. Read More »

More families say no to feeding tubes for advanced dementia

Increasing awareness about the stages of advanced dementia can help families make more informed decisions on tube feeding. Read More »

Animal comforts

Aminals have a special power to connect with seniors, including those whose dementia makes it hard for them to communicate. Furry, fuzzy and feathered assistants help their human counterparts engage residents with company and comfort near the end of life. Read More »

CCRC, arts nonprofit partner to bring music to the bedside

A Long Island, New York-based life care retirement community and arts organization have taken music therapy to a higher octave. They’ve partnered to bring one-on-one live musical performances to the bedside of residents receiving palliative care. Read More »

Hospice experience inspires woman to become a hospice nurse

A woman decides to become a hospice nurse based on her personal experience with hospice care for her teenage son. Read More »