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Home Health Care Can Help Seniors With Loneliness and Social Isolation

By: Elizabeth Townsend, RN People are social beings. With COVID-19 introducing social distancing guidelines and restrictions on visitations, social isolation and loneliness are increasing. A report referenced by JAMA discussed the need for solutions for social isolation and loneliness in older adults. There is significant documentation that social isolation and loneliness are related to a higher rate of major mental and physical illnesses, including: Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risks More depression and anxiety An increased risk of dementia According to the National Institute on Aging, people who participate in worthwhile activities with others tend to live longer and have a sense…
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COPD Patients: Doctors Calling For Earlier Hospice Referrals

By: Wilma Peterson, RN According to the American Lung Association, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Living with the symptoms of COPD, such as difficulty in breathing, can induce stress for both the patient and the family. Due to this, Doctors are beginning to call for earlier hospice referrals for these patients with COPD. If elected early, the benefit of hospice care can assist with symptom management, prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, and help patients achieve a better quality of life.  Patients with advanced COPD are eligible for hospice care, which is…
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Hospice: Keeping Loved Ones Home for the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenging and bittersweet time for those with a seriously-ill loved one. Electing the hospice benefit may seem like one more item on your to do list, but hospice can ease the burdens of facing a life-limiting illness. If a loved one has unmanageable symptoms, they could end up spending their holiday in the hospital, away from family and friends. Springhill Hospice helps families manage their loved one’s pain and symptoms so they can spend the holidays in the comfort of home–whether that means in their own home, in a loved one’s home, or in a…
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The Hospice Benefit for Veterans

Care at no cost to Veterans and their families. Springhill Hospice collaborates with local VA agencies and programs to raise awareness about the benefit of hospice services for Veterans. As a Veteran, expenses for hospice-related services or enrolled veterans are covered in full. We Honor Veterans Program Springhill Hospice partners with the We Honor Veterans program to give veterans the best care possible. This program provides resources and training to meet the needs of our veteran patients and their families through respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement so that veterans can have a peaceful end-of-life experience. VA Hospice Program…
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Sepsis Awareness Month: Why Our Program Actually Works

By: Portia Wofford Home health clinicians play an essential role in caring for patients who are: At risk of developing sepsis Recovering from sepsis or septic shock Home health providers are vital in preventing hospital admissions and readmission among sepsis patients. According to the CDC, sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a potentially life-threatening medical emergency. Many patients receiving home healthcare services have chronic medical conditions and comorbidities that put them at risk for infection, including COVID-19 and sepsis. According to the Global Sepsis Alliance, COVID-19 can cause sepsis. Research suggests that COVID-19 may lead…
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September is Healthy Aging Month

During Healthy Aging Month, we focus on celebrating the many positive aspects of aging. Here are some tips to incorporate in your daily routine that can lead to a healthier lifestyle, allowing you to live your life to the fullest. Exercise – Get moving and active on a daily basis! Socialize – Stay in touch and find safe ways to connect with friends and loved ones! Stay balanced – Try new methods such as yoga to reduce stress and improve your overall balance! Rest – It’s important to make sure you are getting a good, quality rest each night.  These…
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Common Hospice Qualifiers

For many people, the decision to receive hospice care is made following the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. Even so, some families still question this decision. Here are some common Hospice qualifiers to help determine when it might be time to elect the hospice benefit.  Falls Frequent physician, ET and/or Hospital visits Weight loss and or BMI < 22 Decline aggressive therapy or is not a candidate Wounds EF < 20% NYHA Class IV symptoms at rest Little or no response to Bronchodilators Serum < 2.5 Dysphagia and/or aspiration pneumonia Shortness of breath and/or o2 sat of 88% or less…
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Music Therpy Benefits in Hospice Care

A Music Therapy Case Study | Joshua Gilbert, MT-BC Throughout life, song can positively affect us both physically and emotionally. It influences bodily functions that we believe are beyond our control, such as heart rate, blood pressure and release of the body’s natural pain relief chemicals. Music therapy offers significant benefits for patients, caregivers and families. We offer it as part of our hospice services. In a case study conducted (by Joshua Gilbert) on the impact of music therapy over a four-month period, with an older adult in hospice care, results exhibited significant signs of improvement in the following categories:…
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Bridging The Gap

Allow us to add another layer to the health care dynamic! Springhill Hospice’s psycho-social and spiritual team have always had a thoughtful and innovative delivery of care. Our approach is designed to meet the psycho-social needs of patients, families, and loved ones of those facing health challenges, especially during unconventional medial care protocols. We would like to highlight how these needs are met with our current or new patients, as well as offer these services to any other patient or family in need as part of our community outreach. Anticipatory Grief Support Complicated Grief Support Supplemental support for patient and…