Is Cancer a Win or Lose Battle?

Russ Krengel Diseases

Whether you have personally known someone with cancer or heard about someone outside your circle with the disease, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “fighting cancer” before. The language we use when we talk about diseases like cancer reflects our cultural attitude toward these serious conditions. Why do we need to talk about cancer in terms of battles – as though …

The way we die will be unthinkable 50 years from now.

Russ Krengel Patients

The Vox article by Haider Warraich on April 3, 2019 highlights the fact that “how we treat dying people needs to change”. As the article concludes…”To emerge on the right side of history, the entire culture of medicine needs to be turned around. End-of-life care is not just palliative care’s business. It is everyone’s business, from emergency room doctors to …

Hospice is a Gift

Russ Krengel Hospice

In this article by Wendy Sue Morphew for the Arizona Daily Star dated December 13, 2018 titled “Hospice is a Gift”, we uncover the truth about hospice. My first meeting with Dad’s hospice nurse, Paul, was a disaster. I had flown across the country at Mom’s request specifically to meet him, but once here, I wanted nothing to do with him …

New Palliative Care Guidelines

Russ Krengel Palliative Care

Below you can see the complete article from Provider Magazine‘s December 2018 edition on the 4th Edition of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Very exciting ideas on where to incorporate and how to incorporate Palliative Care to improve patient care. Join the Palliative & Hospice Care Movement today with Kindful Hospice.

Hospice Care: Improving Quality of Life

Russ Krengel Hospice

In the Dec 2nd, 2018 edition of The Norman Transcript, Kindful Hospice’s Jennifer Cary, RN, Executive Director and Linn Potter, LCSW discuss with columnist Staci Elder Hensley about perceptions and realities of Hospice Care.  The article titled, Hospice Care is all about Improving Quality of Life, goes into detail about what hospice is and what it’s not. The conclusion is …

Medicare To Cut Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients End Up Back In The Hospital

Russ Krengel Uncategorized

According to NPR’s website and Kaiser Health, “Medicare To Cut Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients End Up Back In The Hospital“.  While hospitals have been dealing with reimbursement reductions due to higher than average readmission rates for years, this is the first time Nursing Homes have been hit in the pocket book directly on their readmission performance. What to …

Living at the End of Live | Community Education

Russ Krengel Hospice

Come join us at the “Living at the End of Life” Community Education Event When:  Saturday Nov 17, 2018 Time:  10:00 till 1:00 Where:  Ada Public Library, Large Meeting Room Presented by: Balance with Nature in partnership with Kindful Hospice Event Topics: Physical & Spiritual well being Sacred art of Living & Dying End of Life Care Advanced Care Planning If you or …

Heart Failure & Hospice

Russ Krengel Diseases, Hospice

According to a August 29th, 2018 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology, there is compelling evidence that Hospice is an under-utilized benefit.  This evidence includes: Only 5% of Advanced Heart Failure patients were discharged to hospice Of those discharged to hospice, 25% die within 3-days Readmission rates for those discharged to hospice are 1/8th other …

What is the “End Well Project”?

Russ Krengel Hospice

Kindful Hospice, Palliative Care and Virtual Care is committed to “Transforming the CARE of Serious Illness” which goes beyond just doing the “minimum” of hospice (which is a great first step) and exploring how we can do more.  Although no one can keep end of life from happening, what we are charged with doing is how to help our patients …

How to Know it’s time for Hospice

Russ Krengel Checklists, Hospice

Excerpts from Medical Reporter Stacy Burling’s article in June 22, 2018 Predicting the time frame for the passing of an individual is difficult.  As such, the standard question used by many clinicians to determine appropriateness for hospice is “Would you be surprised if your loved one died within six months?” The article from Stacy Burling in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s …