David Peterson

How social workers are integral to end-of-life care

How social workers are integral to end-of-life care

March is National Social Work Month and it’s the perfect time to recognize the contributions of social workers to palliative and hospice care. For those who have had a loved one in end-of-life care, you probably know just how integral social workers and case managers are. These individuals play an important role in helping patients […]

Bring It On Home: The Shift To In-Home Care Amid A Pandemic

Bring It On Home: The Shift To In-Home Care Amid A Pandemic

After nearly a year living in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare is still facing an uphill battle as providers try to adapt to each day. For healthcare services that can be provided via telehealth, like therapy and wellness check-ups with a general practitioner, that adaptation may have been more straightforward. What happens in […]

How to Handle Holiday Depression

How to Handle Holiday Depression

For most people, the holidays are a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the season. While things may seem merry and bright, the holidays can also trigger a lot of negative emotions for people. Sadness, loneliness, anxiety and stress can all be heightened around the holidays. This year especially, with so many […]

How to Have Difficult Family Conversations During the Holidays

How to Have Difficult Family Conversations During the Holidays

As the holidays approach, families will gather, either in person or virtually. Between bites of pumpkin pie or during the football game halftime, consider using the time together to discuss some difficult subjects, such as family health history and end-of-life planning for aging parents or relatives.

Navigating Grief with Your Hometown Hospice Provider

Navigating Grief with Your Hometown Hospice Provider

Grief is part of the human condition. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, many loved ones of patients who receive hospice and palliative care experience anticipatory grief before losing a family member or friend. Experts agree grief isn’t linear or time-limited.

Transitioning Patients From Palliative Care to Hospice

Transitioning Patients From Palliative Care to Hospice

Helping Your Patients Understand the Transition from Palliative Care to Hospice The transition from palliative care to hospice care can be a confusing time for patients and their families. It is likely they will feel many complex emotions including — sadness, fear, anger and more. As their provider, you have an opportunity to empower and […]

Transitioning From Palliative Care to Hospice

Transitioning From Palliative Care to Hospice

When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, treating and managing their symptoms becomes a top priority. A large part of successfully caring for someone with a terminal illness is understanding how palliative and hospice care play a role in treatment and what the transition from palliative to hospice entails.

How to Open Up About End of Life Planning

How to Open Up About End of Life Planning

End-of-life planning is a difficult topic to discuss under any circumstances. For family members, the topic can be tough to broach because they don’t want to imagine a reality without their loved one or don’t know how their loved one will react to this type of conversation. For those who are terminally ill, it can […]

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