We are lucky enough to work with hospices across the nation each day, and it is clear to us that no two hospices are the same. There are distinct qualities that differentiate one hospice from the next and it is our goal to highlight these qualities.
WHEN DO WE INTRODUCE HOSPICE OR PALLIATIVE CARE?
As we all know, many Americans die from chronic illnesses each year.
THERE ARE PLENTY OF FALSE RUMORS ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN THE HOSPICE WORLD. I would like to take this opportunity to poke holes in all of the false claims and rumors that exist about hospice care and everything associated with hospice.
What does hospice do about insulin?
Insulin is one of those controversial hospice medications when it comes to deciding coverage. However, let’s think through this more systematically and objectively…
Big changes are coming, folks!
So for those of you who don’t send us patient med sheets on a regular basis, I strongly encourage you to do so!
How can we contain non-Hospice scripts ordered in the facility?!
What is “Total Pain”?
Ever had a patient who you felt you had to continually go up and up and up on the pain and anxiety meds? Well…there is a good chance the “pain” is not just physical pain.
We’ve all said it…”Just give them some Zofran.” But is that really going to help everyone?
Turns out, probably not.
Is this prescription expensive? Is this a medication that is covered by hospice? Is this drug right for a hospice patient?
“I don’t’ want to take that medicine because I don’t want to get addicted to it!” Understandable concern, especially in the light of the current “opioid crisis”.
I can change your bedding while you lay asleep and you will never even know I was there... except for the subtle scent of Snuggle rising up from your fresh sheets.
“Methadone”, the 3-syllable word that still brings most patients and some providers shudders of anxiety. However, when used appropriately, methadone can be a wonderful pain tool in your symptom management arsenal.