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Dec 28, 2018

Being a caregiver is a difficult job. Being a caregiver without any experience is even more difficult. We recommend Living With Dying by Jahnna Beecham & Katie Ortlip, as the most helpful resource available for caregivers. We offer our review of the book in this episode of Heartbeat. 

Living With Dying is a...

Dec 21, 2018

When a hospice patient's symptoms are becoming difficult to manage, hospice can assist by providing higher levels of care during a crisis.  Helen and Jerry discuss the two levels of care that can be provided on a short term basis to help when a patient needs more assistance.

General inpatient (GIP) is provided at a...

Dec 14, 2018

The majority (98%) of hospice care is provided at the patient's home, whether a private residence, assisted living, nursing home--wherever the patient calls home. In this episode we describe what services can be expected for the person who receives routine home care from hospice. 

Routine home care services can include...

Dec 7, 2018

There seems to be a lot of mystery and misunderstanding about how a person begins receiving hospice care. We demystify the hospice admission process in this episode so that patients and caregivers have a clear understanding of what's happening.  

  • Who can initiate the hospice referral?
  • Does it require a doctor's...

Dec 1, 2018

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens," said Maria von Trapp. In this month's full-length episode we replay our interview with music therapist Kati Wettstein, as she talks about the power of music to open hearts.

This was a favorite episode of many of our listeners, and we decided...