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End-of-life education materials for today’s hospice professionals and the families they serve.
When was the last time you reviewed your end-of-life education materials? Do you provide your hospice patients and their families with end-of-life educational materials to refer to in between hospice visits to reinforce your hospice professional’s teaching efforts?
We’ve been in your shoes. We’ve walked your path.
We have decades of experience in the hospice industry, and we know the everyday struggle of meeting the needs of your patients while also complying with regulatory demands that continue to increase. The hospice industry is ever-changing, and the hospice concept that we all once knew and loved is now subject to increased scrutiny, reimbursement changes, and documentation requirements.
This places a heavy load on all hospice professionals, from administration to front line team members. The hospice agency is under more pressure than ever before to educate the patient and family, and the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Initiatives are now an integral part of the every day processes of your hospice team.
As the regulations and expectations change, be sure that your educational materials are in alignment with the needs of the patient and family, the employees, and the agency needs.
Most hospice agencies do not have extra staff to write these materials because patient care comes first. If this sounds like a familiar refrain among your staff, then perhaps the time has come to take a fresh look at your patient and family education materials.
“When I began caring for my mom, I struggled with so many feelings and emotions. I felt like I was crumbling, and the fact that I didn’t know what to expect was causing me so much stress. The hospice social worker gave us the Nature Gave Us Butterflies booklet, and my whole world changed. I was able to use the suggestions about communicating with my mom, and I will forever be grateful for the conversations we had after I read the booklet and gave my mom and myself the permission to discuss the issues that we needed to discuss. I am keeping this booklet to share with others who will go through the same emotions that I did. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have that booklet!”
- Sarah, daughter of hospice patient
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The time has come for all hospice providers to evaluate your current systems to see whether your printed materials will measure up under the new hospice realities. Nature Gave Us Butterflies was designed with these needs and desires in mind. Be confident that your education materials provide the information and topics that are updated and relevant to today’s hospice standards.Shop Now
I know what you are thinking . . . because I have been there before - I. Don't. Have. Time. For. This. As regulations change, the expectations for hospice professionals to manage their time, asses the patient for needs, provide...