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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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Jul

18

2017

Independent Aging at Home: Part 2

By Dorothy Davis, LPC, Vice President of Community Health and Strategy

By bringing healthcare home with connectivity and innovative aging, together with the community, we work to facilitate independent aging at home. One of the benefits of bringing healthcare home is nurses are able to see the patient’s home environment. As our CEO, Norene Mostkoff, has often stated, healthcare happens at home: healthcare happens in the bathroom, it happens in the living room, it happens in the kitchen—and our nurses are able to assess whether the home environment is conducive for recovery and healthy aging. Doctors are unable to see the

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Jul

3

2017

Independent Aging at Home: Part 1

By Andrea Stevenson, RN, BSN, MPH, Executive Director of Home Health Services

As we celebrate Independence Day this July, let’s also celebrate the value of aging independently at home. With today’s technological advances, it has never been easier to bring healthcare to a patient’s home. This is particularly of value to aging patients who wish to remain independent for as long as possible. Aging independently means patients feel dignified, empowered and prepared to handle the many health-related aspects of aging. An independent patient is one who understands his or her disease or condition, and is an active participant in developing and

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Jun

20

2017

Nature’s Healthy Benefits

June is National Great Outdoors month, which celebrates what nature has to offer, particularly as it pertains to our health.

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May

23

2017

Hospice Atlanta Volunteers Honor Fellow Veterans

Hospice Atlanta has been involved with the collaborative project We Honor Veterans since 2015, a partnership through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Veterans Administration. Our charge is to determine if our hospice patients have military backgrounds, help our veteran patients navigate their eligible VA benefits, provide education for staff on veteran care, and offer the patient recognition for their service.

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May

5

2017

Have You Ever Considered a Nursing Career?

Whether you’re a college graduate or a career changer, you’ve probably noticed that healthcare as an industry presents enormous employment opportunities. In fact, nursing tops the list of careers most in demand. It’s no surprise, our aging population is growing exponentially – baby boomers turn 70 at the rate of 10,000 a day.

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Apr

25

2017

Staying at Home with a Nursing Home Alternative

For the 20th consecutive year, Visiting Nurse Health System was awarded The Atlanta Regional Commission’s contract for the Community Care Services Program (CCSP). Facilitated by the Long-Term Care at Home program of Visiting Nurse, this Medicaid waiver program helps seniors and individuals with disabilities receive community-based social, health and support services.

Dorothy Davis, Executive Director of Long-Term Care at Home and Vice President of Community Services and Strategy, shared an overview of the program and how it improves the lives of those it serves.

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Apr

11

2017

Advance Directives for Healthcare – What You Need to Know Now

No one wants to consider being incapable of making their own healthcare decisions, but it’s important to reflect on these issues BEFORE a crisis. Doing this ahead of time makes it easier for loved ones who are faced with making tough decisions on your behalf. An advance directive, or living will, is a written record of your wishes concerning medical care, if you become incapacitated.

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Mar

28

2017

What Does a Social Worker Do?

“Social Workers Stand Up!”, the national campaign launched to recognize Social Work Month, is intended to raise awareness about an often-misunderstood profession. Unless you’ve worked directly with a Social Worker, you may not realize what a wealth of resources and guidance one professional can contribute – all in the interest of “standing up” for those in need.

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