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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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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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