How Does Hospice Work When The Patient Is In A Nursing Home?

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Many families will someday face the difficult task of starting hospice care for a loved one. Usually, that means that a team of hospice caregivers will schedule times to come to your home and that they will begin to help the patient to manage pain, ease any other symptoms of their illness where possible and to help with other end …

Let’s Talk About Mental Health and Hospice

Russ Krengel Hospice, Patients

Emotional stability and good mental health are important for all of us. When we add the experience of hospice care, finding a sense of balance, calm and general understanding comes into play as an essential piece for everyone involved – the patient, their family and friends, and healthcare providers. It is important to understand how hospice addresses mental health when …

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is an annual collaborative initiative of national, state and community organizations, committed to awareness and to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their future healthcare decisions. NHDD is a series of independent events held across the country, supported by a national media …

Heart Failure Treatments Have Unexpected Impact on End Of Life Care

Russ Krengel Diseases

Nearly 6 million Americans are currently suffering from Heart Failure (HF). This all too common ailment occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood fast enough, resulting in swelling, shortness of breath, and other issues. In the past, heart disease killed ruthlessly and quickly; patients were more likely to die from heart attacks and cardiac arrest than they are …

Patients’ Rights: When Is It Okay to Say No To More Treatment?

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Many Americans have encountered tough decisions about end-of-life healthcare treatment and what that might mean for a patient’s quality of life. For Ezekiel J. Emanual, an oncologist and Vice Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, that tough decision came after his aging father suffered a fall. Dr. Emanual’s father was diagnosed with a large brain tumor while in the hospital, …

Understanding The Role of Palliative Care

Russ Krengel Palliative Care

Palliative care is often confused with hospice and end of life care, but it is so much more than that. Dr. Sunita Puri, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director for Palliative Care for Keck Medical Center at USC defines it this way, “Palliative care is about taking care of the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering of patients and …

James Garner to Join Kindful Hospice as President

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January 20, 2020 — James is a Senior Hospice/Home Health leader and decision-maker who positions companies for accelerated growth and return on investment.  James has extensive senior-level experience with Nation-wide Multi-Site operations.  James has held senior positions with HCA Healthcare, Vista Care, Odyssey, and Gentiva Hospice.  Most recently James held the title of VP of Sales with Heart to Heart …

Are Aggressive Terminal Cancer Treatments Effective?

Russ Krengel Diseases

 After her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, Jane Brody authorized radiation treatments even as his death approached. Her intentions were to help him live long enough to attend a concert of his songs, but after his death, she wondered if she had done the right thing. Her story is not uncommon. Terminal cancer patients will continue to accept aggressive …