Is there such a thing as waiting too long to use hospice?
Sharing a ConsumerReports.com article about “how waiting too long to use hospice care can make suffering at end-of-life worse.”
According to the article:
Many people who are near the end of life wait too long to enter hospice care, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
In hospice care, attempts to cure a disease are usually replaced with treatments solely for pain and suffering, delivered by a specialized team. It usually includes medical and nursing care, counseling and social services, and it can be given at home, in a nursing home or in a hospital facility.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
“It’s National Case Management week! This year’s ACMA theme, Case Management: Setting New Standards For Care was selected to emphasize the impact professionals in case management make every day. ACMA hopes you will celebrate NCMW 19 and recognize the dedication, compassion and patient care outcomes achieved by case managers in your organization. Across all care settings, case managers are making the difference! ACMA encourages you to use this week to commend your team and recognize the importance of the case management professionals who dedicate their careers to patients and healthcare organizations.” Celebrate your #casemanagementteam during National Case Management Week! #NCMW@TheACMA
Suncrest Hospice of Colorado-Pueblo, A Bristol Hospice Company, participated in the Safety of Seniors Conference sponsored by the Senior Resource Development Agency, hosted by Praise Assembly of God on Tuesday, September 17.
It was our great honor to present at this event attended by approximately 200 people in the community of Pueblo. Suncrest Hospice Community Liaison, Richelle Lucero, spoke on the “Myths and Facts” of hospice. Richelle received great feedback as to the education provided to the attendees.
Seniors received a warm welcome from Steve Nawrocki, Executive Director and valuable information from the Pueblo Police Department, the Alzheimer’s Association, Matter of Balance, Advanced Directives courtesy of 211 and a fun presentation by SRDA Lifeline. Our lunchtime entertainment was Rick Blessing, with a Frank Sinatra tribute.
What a fun filled day! Suncrest Hospice of Colorado is so grateful to be a part of this wonderful conference. Thank you to the SOS Director, Gloria Brooks for all the hard work she and her team put into this event.
Last month, the Office of the Inspector General released two new reports following its investigation into hospice care in the U.S. the NHPCO responded to New OIG Reports on Hospice Care with a press release stating that, “NHPCO welcomes the opportunity to shed a light on high quality providers as well as those that fall short in providing appropriate care.”
Suncrest Hospice of Colorado is a Bristol Hospice Company; at Bristol Hospice, compliance forms the backbone of the company. In light of these reports from OIG and NHPCO, we want to take this opportunity to share some of these compliance aspects which we consider makes us one of the “high quality providers”.
View the NHPCO’s OIG Report Response
View “More about Bristol Hospice Compliance”