Cost Savings: Hospice vs. Hospitals

Russ Krengel Doctors & Hospitals, Hospice

Hospice care provides dignity, comfort and for many families, significant relief from the high cost of standard medical care. Many families will avoid talking money or financial concerns when it comes to end-of-life care because it feels a little bit off color, possibly a little bit disrespectful of the person dealing with illness. Maybe that is because we so often …

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

Russ Krengel Hospice

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 …

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 …

Improving the End of Life Experience

Russ Krengel Hospice

Most of us don’t think about death until we’re older. Those taken too soon remind us to live fuller and appreciate precious movements. A few people might buy life insurance or write letters to loved ones just in case they were to pass unexpectedly, but those preparations are meant for the ones left behind. It’s much harder to think about …

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 …

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 …

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 …