When Mandy Merkel visits a family with a loved one whose health has significantly declined, one of her biggest struggles is getting them to overcome misconceptions about hospice.
“Everyone has this idea that hospice means imminent death, and it’s not that at all,” said Merkel a certified geriatric care manager in the Atlanta area. “Hospice is not forever. You do not have to stay on hospice. I’ve had people come off of hospice because they’ve done so well. You don’t have to stay there until you die. You can, and that is usually the way it goes, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s not like: This is it – I’ve made this decision, this is the end.”
Hospice care simply brings a different philosophy to the care being provided to those who need it. Instead of focusing on a person’s recovery and the prolonging of life, hospice care providers center on making sure the person is as comfortable as possible and that everyone feels at ease as much as possible. It also decreases the number of people involved in a person’s care. Instead of several different doctors and nurses from different medical practices, hospice becomes the one point of contact More >
Homewatch CareGivers works very hard to limit the number of problems that can take place when a person transitions from a hospital or rehabilitation facility to home. By keeping care transitions smooth and safe, it delivers the level of quality care that you and your loved one deserve. According to Jette R. Hogenmiller, PhD, MN, APRN, Executive Director of Quality and Outcomes for Homewatch CareGivers, caregivers can use their skills to help staff at hospitals and rehabilitation facilities continue care after a person’s discharge. By partnering together, home care agencies can share information with health care providers. This gives these health care providers an extra set of eyes and ears in their patient’s home and can keep them updated on the day-to-day progress of a patient. By working together, Homewatch CareGivers and health care providers can provide better overall care for those who need it. On Sept. 11, 2013 at noon ET, Dr. Hogenmiller is participating as part of a panel of experts in a Case in Point Webinar called “From Hospital to Home: Achieving Enhanced Transitions.” It is $329 per location to register. She will discuss how strong relationships between health care providers and home care agencies can lead to More >
Fall is here, and most of us are not thinking about an event set for the fall, but the time to start planning is now.
For many communities, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be happening before you know it. This annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association is very important to the entire Homewatch CareGivers network, which is why we want to encourage you to start your participation now.
If you go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s website, you can find the walk nearest you and the date. Many walks take place either in September or October. Once you find your walk, you can start your own team or join an existing team. You should also reach out to your local Homewatch CareGivers office and ask to join our Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. The Walks to End Alzheimer’s are large annual events to raise awareness and support for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. More than 600 communities across the U.S. hold walks. It is an opportunity for families, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups, and many more to band together to show their support. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. This disease causes dementia and has no cure. Homewatch More >