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May

23

2018

Dabney Hollis

Joe Biden Shares Personal Hospice Stories at Luncheon for Hospice Atlanta

By Dabney Hollis, Vice President of Advancement and Communications

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off our 70th Anniversary than with the warm and touching personal stories shared by former Vice President Joe Biden at our May 17 luncheon held at The Whitley in Buckhead.

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May

10

2018

Visiting Nurse / Hospice Atlanta CEO Norene Mostkoff

Don’t stop at the retirement plan. Consider end-of-life too.

By: Norene Mostkoff, President & CEO

A remarkable news story caught my attention: David Goodall, a 104-year-old scientist, is flying from Australia to Switzerland so that he can end his life. Every time I see a case like this it gives me pause.

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May

8

2018

A Day in the Life of an In-Home Nurse

By Helen Levine, RN-BSN

Before I tell you about my typical day as a home health nurse, I want to tell you how I ended up in this career. You see, I’m old in nursing. Not old in spirit or necessarily old in age depending on your viewpoint, I’ve just been in nursing for a fair number of years, 38 to be exact. Over those years I’ve done a broad variety of nursing with the greatest concentration in adult critical care. I had my children late in life and by the time they

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Apr

18

2018

Diary of A Camp STARS Bereavement Volunteer

National Volunteer Week, a week of volunteer appreciation, is April 15-21, 2018. While we’re appreciative of our volunteers each and every day, it is a nice time to give them a special spotlight. One of our volunteers, Dana P. Joffe, wrote a lovely story about volunteering with Hospice Atlanta’s Camp STARS, a family bereavement camp. Thank you Dana for all you do.

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Mar

29

2018

Going Above and Beyond in Home Health Physical Therapy

By Megan Palumbo, MSPT

As a physical therapist who had 12 years of experience in the outpatient setting, I thought I knew what I was doing. Boy, was I wrong. 

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Mar

13

2018

Is Hospice Care the Right Choice for Someone of the Jewish Faith?

Hospice is a religious experience for many patients and their families. Those of the Jewish faith, however, may wonder if hospice is supported by their religious traditions. While patients in hospice care are physically and emotionally prepared in accordance to their religious beliefs for the natural end of life process, one might ask: Is hospice care the right choice for someone of the Jewish faith?

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Feb

23

2018

The Importance of Joint Commission Accreditation

Visiting Nurse Health System | Hospice Atlanta has been accredited for another 3 years with The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

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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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