Palliative Care Providers Mobilize During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 spread continues with climbing death rates and confirmed cases, providers across the health care continuum are navigating the impact on patients and staff. With older adults and those with serious medical conditions at greatest risk, palliative care stands to play a significant role during the coronavirus outbreak. According to the U.S. Centers […]

Hospice Board, Executive Coordination Essential to COVID-19 Response

Effective governance becomes even more critical to hospice providers during emergency situations. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, one of the many ripple effects is its impact on the role of hospice leadership. Even before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11, 2020, it was spreading […]

Regional Hospice Launches Children’s End-of-Life Care Program

Even without the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pediatric hospice patients and their families face a variety of end-of-life care needs that are unique from those of adult patients. Yet, youth-specific hospice patients are among those most underserved in the nation. Connecticut-based Regional Hospice is building the North Star inpatient wing to expand upon its children’s hospice […]

Two New England VNA Hospice Providers to Merge

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice have signed a letter of intent signaling a merger. The non-binding letter starts the ball rolling towards the merger as the two organizations collaborate expand hospice and home- and community-based care in the region. Concord VNA is a palliative care, home health […]

Hospices Strategize to Assure Patients that Care Is Safe During Pandemic 

Growing patient and family concerns about safety are among the many challenges the end-of-life care community is facing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As hospice providers meet patient care needs during the outbreak, an added challenge is alleviating patient concerns about staff coming into the home. As the novel virus continues to spread, so do […]

Hospices Struggle to Access Patients in Nursing Homes Amid Pandemic

With older adults suffering from chronic or life-limiting medical conditions among those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak, nursing homes across the country are restricting access to their facilities. As a result, hospice providers have experienced difficulty accessing their patients in nursing home settings. Nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected […]

States Strategize to Improve Palliative Care Quality & Access

Palliative care providers across the nation are working with state lawmakers to reshape and streamline policies that could increase awareness of and access to their services. The very nature of interconnected services involved in palliative care often poses accessibility challenges. Fewer than 5% of patients with serious illnesses who stand to benefit from palliative care […]

Hospices Turn to Telehealth to Reach Patients During COVID-19 Outbreak

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to take shape, hospices are increasingly using telehealth services to limit physical contact with patients and practice social distancing. Strategies to implement this method of support to patients and their families are evolving during the worldwide health emergency. Hospices around the country are working to reduce risk of exposure to […]

St. Croix Hospice Opens Midwest De Novo

St. Croix Hospice, based in St. Paul, Minn., further expanded its reach of services across the Midwest with a new location in LaCrosse, Wisc. The investment into the state’s hospice market has the potential to impact more than a million senior citizens living in that state. St. Croix is a portfolio company of the Chicago-based […]

Hospice, Palliative Care Patients at High Risk for COVID-19 

The hospice and palliative care patient populations are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. Understanding the risk points can be key for providers to minimize the potential risks of COVID-19 on aging and seriously ill patients. The symptoms of COVID-19 will be considerably more severe for adults age 60 or older who […]