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 …

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 Philly.com 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 …