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Techniques and Tips for End-of-Life Care

As a hospice nurse, you know that you have a challenging and rewarding job. Helping people with quality care in the final stages of life is among the most important jobs of all. Not only can you support the person in need of care, but you can also provide comfort and happiness to friends and family members. Experience, kindness and empathy are qualities that go a long way in your profession. Certainly, each case is different. This requires an awareness of what is going on and an understanding of the uniqueness of each situation. There are a number of ways to provide the best possible nursing care to those nearing the final days of their lives.

Thank you!

Chuck Zimmerman sent us this beautiful gift of appreciation!

Chuck Zimmerman is a local fiduciary in Tucson, AZ and Arista Home Health and Hospice has had the privilege of taking care of some of his clients over the past few years.

From the staff at Arista Healthcare,
Thank you, Chuck Zimmerman for the Edible Arrangement!


Medicare Qualifications

A question we hear regularly is “what are the Medicare qualifications, and do I qualify”.

Home health care includes a wide range of health and social services brought into  your home to treat illness or injury. The complete services covered by Medicare’s home health benefit include skilled nursing care, therapy, and care provided by a home health aide. Depending on the circumstances, home health care will be covered by either Part A or Part B.

girl talking with grandfather in hospice

Talking to a Hospice Patient

In hospice care, patients and their loves ones are often aware the end is near, but it does not make it any less difficult for family members to accept. Many friends and family, even nurses and caregivers, are afraid of saying the wrong thing. They do not want to make a bad impression or seem insensitive. However, the most important thing to remember is to be yourself. The end may be near, so now is the time to show how much you care.

mindfulness in hospice care

Mindfulness in Hospice Care

Mindfulness, the act of focusing on being in the present, is sometimes thought of as a type of meditation. Recent studies show that practicing Mindfulness can be an effective strategy for home health care providers, including hospice patients, caregivers, and volunteers. By shifting the focus of hospice care away from states of emotional, mental, or physical distress – it can help reduce pain and anxiety. A growing number of hospice organizations are beginning to integrate these exercises into patient care and caregiver support.

occupational therapy

The Benefits of Occupational Therapy at Home

Occupational therapists are a crucial and effective component of the home health agency team working alongside physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, home health aids, and social workers to provide strategies to help a patient manage daily activities while reducing their risk of injury or further decline in function. Preserving the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) is fundamental for older adults to live an independent life. Becoming dependent on others to complete daily activities is associated with more doctor visits and longer hospitalization (Milla ́n-Calenti et al., 2010). Occupational therapists can support older adults’ goals to age in place and live life as independently as possible by identifying and implementing effective interventions in the home.

Physical Therapies for seniors

Physical Therapies

No matter how much technology evolves, life expectancy increases…occasionally we need repair and rehab. Physical therapies for seniors, though not new, has had to evolve as much as anything else in the elder care spectrum. No longer is a home health aide or nurse sufficient to handle all task. With so many diverse modalities to choose from, physical therapy has become paramount to quality of life.

Technology in Home Health Care

Technology in Home Health Care

If it hasn’t been said before, the home health care industry is expand day by day. With more and more baby boomers reaching older ages with higher mortality rates, the need for home health care providers has matched that. With that growth, and the inert need to be home based versus moving to a facility had created challenges when it comes to technology in home health care. How much is too much, when is an alternate facility become paramount versus living independent? None of these questions can be answered today, but there a re a few advances worth looking at.