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Jun 30, 2017

There are many great advantages to pet therapy in the hospice setting.  

1. Reduces a person's anxiety.

2. Lowers blood pressure.

3. Comforts agitation.

4. Eases depression.

5. Improves socialization.

6. Provides companionship.

7. Bereavement care.

There are many advantages to this complementary therapy that can improve...

Jun 23, 2017

Hospice care is holistic care.  One of the core philosophies of hospice is to provide care for the whole person: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care.  These are the core practices provided by hospice.

However, there are adjunct therapies that can be provided to enhance the hospice experience, and help...

Jun 16, 2017

Dame Cicely Saunders was born on June 22, 1918 in the United Kingdom.  She is best known for creating the modern hospice movement that now serves terminally ill patients all over the world.  

She was trained as a nurse, but also became a medical social worker, and also a physician.  Many of the hospice philosophies that...

Jun 9, 2017

June 15-22 is National Nursing Assistants Week, and we at The Heart of Hospice want to honor and recognize those who are at the heart of caring for the hospice patient.  Nursing Assistants, or Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) are the ones that provide the most hands-on care for the patient.  

A social worker once...

Jun 2, 2017

5 months of the year are behind us, and June has just begun.  It's time for a Self Care Check In.  How are you doing with your self care?  In February, The Heart of Hospice spent the entire month talking about practicing healthy self care.  In this episode, Helen & Jerry do a self care check in, pulling back the...