Study: 71% of U.S. Adults Have Never Heard of Palliative Care

As more hospices diversify their services to include palliative care, 71% of adults in the United States are unaware that the service exists, a recent Journal of Palliative Medicine (JPM) study found. Similar to hospice, palliative care provides non-curative treatment to improve comfort and quality of life for patients. Unlike hospice, providers offer palliative care […]

North Dakota Hospital Expands Palliative Care to Include Home Visits

Even hospitals are concerned about the rising costs of inpatient care, as well as the ability of frail patients to transport themselves to health appointments. To better address patient needs, North Dakota-based CHI-St. Alexius Health System is expanding its palliative care program to include outpatient and home-based services. The hospital’s inpatient palliative care team emerged […]

Seasons Hospice Leverages Facebook Live in Grief Support

Rosemont, Ill.-based Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care has begun offering programs through Facebook Live to support families coping with loss. The program supplements the hospice’s in-person and online grief support groups. The program’s first video presentation, presented late last year, addressed grief during the holidays and garnered more than 1,800 views. The most recent presentation […]

Study: 62% of Hospice Clinicians Experience Burnout

More than 62% of hospice and palliative care clinicians have suffered from burnout, research indicates. As hospices contend with widespread staff shortages across all disciplines, staff burnout threatens to increase turnover and cause some staff to leave the industry altogether. Factors leading to burnout included emotional exhaustion, working longer hours, being younger than 50-years-old, and […]

Ensign Group Spins Off Hospice and Home Health Segment

The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG), will separate its hospice and home health segments into a publicly traded entity called The Pennant Group, Inc., with the split expected to complete in the 4th quarter of the year, pending regulatory, legal and board approval. Pennant will include 60 home health and hospice agencies, 51 senior living […]

Colorado Hospice to Launch ‘Center for Living Your Best’

HopeWest, a Grand Junction, Colo., nonprofit hospice provider, is building a new $12 million complex called the Center for Living Your Best to provide comprehensive services for seniors who wish to age in place. In addition to the center, the hospice is also launching handyman and lawn mowing and other services designed to help patients […]

NPHI Innovation Lab to Support Hospice Service Diversification

As hospice providers nationwide seek to integrate new medical and non-medical offerings into their portfolios, the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation has developed a forum for nonprofit, community-based hospices to provide mutual support on service diversification. Dubbed the Innovation Lab, the program will study new approaches deployed by the partnership’s members to identify effective new […]

Seasons Hospice Opens New Inpatient Facility

Florida-based Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care has opened a new inpatient center on the second floor of Memorial Hospital Pembroke in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The new facility began operating on April 25. Though hospice care is predominantly provided in the patient’s residence, some have symptoms or conditions that cannot be addressed in the home setting. […]

NY Times: ‘GITMO’ Prisoners May Need Hospice Care

The detention center for terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba is facing an issue they hadn’t previously considered: Inmates are aging, and some will soon need end-of-life and palliative care, according to a New York Times report. The issue is raising a host of questions in the Pentagon, such as how much […]

Strategies to Prevent Drug Diversion in Hospice Care

Hospice providers are paying closer attention to the issue of drug diversion, as the opioid crisis continues and a rising number of prescription drugs finding their way to street dealers and black market internet sites. Consequently, pain management, one of hospices’ most essential priorities, has become more complicated. Hospice providers are seeking new ways to […]