James Garner to Join Kindful Hospice as President

Russ Krengel Announcement

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 …

Aggressive Cancer Treatments at End of Life

Russ Krengel Diseases

When a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, it’s common to undergo harsh and extreme treatments in pursuit of a cure. The treatments might be difficult to endure, but patients persevere because they hope to be disease-free. If, on the other hand, the cancer diagnosis is terminal, patients will still undergo treatment, even though a cure may not be possible. In …

What to Do when Care becomes a Burden

Russ Krengel Patients

One common issue people encounter when dealing with chronic or terminal illness is the challenge of treating several conditions at the same time. You may have multiple physicians to manage each condition, and each physician prescribes a different medication or treatment plan. While each doctor is most concerned with the management of the disease they are treating, they may not …

What Do Hospice Nurses Do?

Russ Krengel Hospice

If you have ever had, or currently have, a family member in hospice, you may have interacted with a hospice nurse before. These healthcare providers can have versatile roles depending on the needs of their patient. It’s a challenging job, according to Iowa River Hospice Nurse, Jeni Mohr. Mohr sees around 14 patients per day, mainly helping them manage their …

­­The State of Palliative Care in the U.S.: A Progress Report

Russ Krengel Palliative Care

We at Kindful Hospice take our work seriously, to provide you with the best hospice and palliative care possible. In order to do that, we keep an eye on the latest research on these topics. Beyond studying the latest breakthroughs in patient care, we’re also interested in the larger picture of what palliative care looks like in the U.S. How …

Working while Grieving: 5 Coping Strategies

Russ Krengel Caregivers

When you lose a loved one, it can feel like the world has shifted on its axis. You may find it difficult to contemplate returning to your daily routine, including going back to work. If your world has been disrupted by grief, you shouldn’t expect to be able to fall back into your work groove right away. The grieving process …

Making Peace with the Grieving Process

Russ Krengel Caregivers

Dealing with grief can be a challenging process. If you have ever lost someone close to you, you’ll know this from experience. For friends and family members of hospice patients, grief is a part of life, one you will become acquainted with at some point, if not already. Grief can be an ongoing process even before you experience loss, especially …

3 Differences between Palliative Care and Hospice

Russ Krengel Palliative Care

When patients hear the terms “palliative care” and “hospice,” they may not realize there’s a difference between them. After all, these treatments can be vastly similar, since they’re both focused on patient comfort. Most people don’t want to spend significant time in the hospital, let alone die in a sterile hospital setting. Both palliative care and hospice aim to honor …

5 Facts You Should Know About Palliative Care

Russ Krengel Palliative Care

When Sunita Puri began her medical career, she realized her education had some significant gaps. No one had taught her how to have difficult conversations with patients or how to give a patient a serious diagnosis. Even now, the language of medical professionals often refers to illnesses in terms of “fighting” and “winning the battle” against the disease, leaving little …