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Jan

9

2018

New Year, New Mind

A new year brings renewed energy for positive change. Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? Does it involve becoming healthier? If it does, you’re certainly not alone. According to an article by NBCNews, data pulled from Google reveals the most popular resolution is to simply get healthy.  But often in our quest for health, we neglect the health of our minds, which is just as important as the health of our bodies.

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Dec

19

2017

Heading Home for the Holidays? Watch for aging loved ones’ memory issues.

As we flock to the homes of loved ones this holiday season, many of us will see our families for the first time in weeks or even months. A part of you must wonder how your elderly parent or family member looks compared to the last time you were together. Have they aged much? Do they act any differently? Perhaps one of your biggest fears is coming home and noticing a loved one has trouble remembering things, like turning off the stove.

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Nov

29

2017

Dr. Bryan Hooker

Hospice… Game Over? No, Game On!

By: Dr. Bryan Hooker, Hospice Atlanta Medical Director

What do you think of when you hear the word hospice? You think “game over,” right? Well that’s not necessarily accurate. Hospice care, as a philosophy, focuses on the relief of terminally ill patients’ symptoms and pain while attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. Contrary to the assumption that hospice equals death, data shows that early referral to hospice actually improves life expectancy.

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Nov

21

2017

Healthy Coping When Holidays Hurt

By: Chandelle C. Carter, Bereavement Coordinator
For most, the holiday season is a time of delight, gratitude and hope. As messages of family, joy and togetherness abound, we become warmly nostalgic; we find ourselves fondly reminiscing over holidays past, and eagerly anticipating the new memories we will create. We are grounded by long-held traditions, comforted by the closeness of loved ones, and encouraged by the promise of the new year ahead. As the renowned song proclaims, the holidays have been coined “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” For those who’ve experienced the death of a loved one, however, it can

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Nov

7

2017

Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta Offers Volunteer Program for Veterans

Visiting Nurse Health System | Hospice Atlanta, as a partner with We Honor Veterans, offers a program for our patients who are military veterans to be matched with volunteers who are veterans. We Honor Veterans is a collaboration between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Veterans Administration and hospices around the country. Volunteers visit, swap stories, talk about shared experiences and lend a compassionate ear. Volunteers are specially trained to support patients and their families during the difficult time end-of-life brings.

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Oct

24

2017

Rounding the Corner to Homecare Homebase

Visiting Nurse Health System | Hospice Atlanta is in the process of changing its electronic medical records (EMR) to Homecare Homebase, which will provide streamlined, automated processes using cloud-based software. We are implementing this new system for two reasons: 1) to assist with recruiting and retaining quality staff, and, 2) to improve our clinical outcomes with evidence-based pathways. Using innovative technology with tablets and smartphones, our nurses will provide the best care with the tools needed to do their jobs to satisfaction.

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Oct

3

2017

The Secret to Longevity: Advice from Nonagenarians

By: Gina Epifano, PT, COS-C, Director of Rehabilitation

Carl Reiner is well known as an actor, director and comedian. He’s also 95 years old. His recent HBO documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” is an inquisitive and insightful look into what life is like for people in their 90s. He talks with other famed nonagenarians including Dick Van Dyke, Betty White and Norman Lear, discussing their thoughts and ideas about their own longevity. Dick Van Dyke’s best tip? Keep Moving. He believes so strongly in the importance of maintaining mobility that he has written a book about it.

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Sep

12

2017

Visiting Nurse / Hospice Atlanta CEO Norene Mostkoff

The Power of Human Connection

By: Norene Mostkoff, President & CEO

People are social creatures; we crave human connection at some level. Often, the elderly are shut out from the daily hustle and bustle of their family's busy lives. They can get lonely. Recently, a patient reached out to me with a question. After speaking with her, I realized what she really needed was just someone to talk to.

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Sep

5

2017

A Mother’s Experience with Pediatric Hospice

Pediatric hospice is one of Hospice Atlanta’s most emotional points of care. We care for children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents, with all types of life-limiting illnesses. One of Visiting Nurse’s employees had her own experience with our Pediatric Hospice program. We are so proud of her resilience and strength. Here is Stacey’s story.

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Aug

1

2017

Furry Family Members Need Care Too

For those of us who love our pets, the thought of having to give them up for any reason is crushing. For the person who is at the end-of-life, giving up a pet may feel especially devastating. Our pets have shared our journey. They might be what gets us up in the morning. They are the soft touchstone in our lives, and they love us unconditionally.

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