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Confessions of a Nurse: Improve Hospice Care in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 2:37 PM

We all know that nurses are on the frontline when it comes to hospice care, they know the daily ins and outs better than anyone.   Hospice News interviewed a nurse with forty years’ experience in hospice and is certified dementia practitioner to find out what they feel could be done to improve hospice care. 

Here is a small excerpt from that interview:

What can hospices and palliative care providers do to better serve these patients?

The best thing the hospice and palliative care providers can do is show up when they have committed to do so. There are always time factors that come up related to travel, or other reasons. However, the resident is waiting patiently and will not leave the apartment to engage in activities or even eat if he or she knows his hospice nurse is coming.

Many times, the hospice nurse does not call if running behind schedule, knowing the resident is in the facility and not going anywhere. This is so disrespectful to the waiting resident. A simple phone call would improve the resident’s day so much and allow the resident to engage in other activities rather than just be waiting for a visit that may not happen at all. 

Click here for the interview..

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