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2017 Caris Clinical Leadership Development Institute: Managing the Ethical Issues of Dementia

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Since 2000, deaths from dementia rose by 89% (alz.org). Dementia is one of the most feared diseases. As a healthcare community, what do we do to combat these fears and ease this anxiety? Caris Healthcare invited Annette Mendola PHD, Director of Clinical Ethics at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, to speak at the 2017 Clinical Leadership Development Institute on issues that may
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2017 Clinical Leadership Development Institute

Caris Healthcare Medical Directors, Nurse Practitioners and Patient Care Managers recently attended our Caris Leadership Development Institute. Held at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, the Caris Leadership Development Institute offers valuable continuing education credit hours through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Medicine Continuing Education and Professional Development Department. Throughout Caris Healthcare’s annual Clinical Leadership Development Institute conference attendees had the privilege of hearing from a number of experts on topics related to hospice
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The Three Most Important Things at the End of Life

What makes a good death? Many people prefer not to think about this question in their day-to-day lives. The answer can vary from person to person, depending on individual personalities, interests, and desires. For many, a good death is simple. It means remaining at the place you call home, being physically comfortable, and experiencing things you love until the very end. Hospice care makes these important aspects at the end-of-life possible. In a recent study
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One Last Wish Honored

Several large organizations grant wishes for those in the last days of their life. The Make-A-Wish Foundation adopted the tag line, “One Moment Changes Everything.” The Dream Foundation says they are “Giving Life to Final Dreams.” At Caris, we ask our patients “What three most important things do we need to know about you to provide excellent care?” A Three Most Important Thing can be as simple as enjoying a favorite candy bar; sometimes it
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During National Volunteer Week, Caris Healthcare Celebrates the Gift of Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 23 – 29, Caris Healthcare honors the 591 dedicated volunteers who ensure patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness find hope, dignity and love. Family Services Coordinator Diana Puckett said, “There is nothing more powerful than seeing the basic human spirit of compassion personified. Caris witnesses this each day through the work of our volunteers. Whether they are honoring one of our veteran patients, sitting quietly at the bedside
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2017 Caris Representative and Administrator Leadership Development Institute

Caris Representatives and Administrators heard from the Caris executive and regional leadership team during a recent two-day training session in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Caris Representative and Administrator Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is one way our management team assesses and remains connected to the approach our offices share in providing hospice care with grace. Caris Representatives participated in targeted sessions designed to ensure they act as strong, ethical advocates for access to high-quality end-of-life care.  Jennifer
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You Could be One of the “Three Most Important Things” a Patient Needs at the End-of-Life

Caris Healthcare provided services to a patient who was a professor prior to his retirement. His career led him to Thailand and he spoke fluent Thai. When Caris Social Worker Dana Hays met with the patient for the first time, he spoke endearingly about his time abroad. As Caris staff does on every initial visit, Dana asked, “What are the three most important things I need to know about you in order to provide excellent
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A Beautiful Gift

A Caris patient listed crocheting as one of her Three Most Important Things. Although diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and dementia, the patient often talked about her love for crocheting. She proudly explained how she had crocheted a baby blanket for the birth of each of her grandchildren. One of her granddaughters was now pregnant, and the patient really wanted to make a baby blanket for her great-grandchild, just like she had for her grandchildren. But
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Caris Healthcare’s Commitment to Quality Care Shows

Caris Healthcare is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to each patient we serve. Our healthcare team members take pride in the care they provide, and all plans of care are individualized with valuable input from the patient and family, the patient’s personal physician and, where appropriate, the patient’s nursing center or assisted living community. In addition, Caris nurses and nurses’ aides spend more time with patients during each visit than the national median of
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Caris Healthcare Promotes Jami DeGrave to West Regional Director of Clinical Care

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2017 For additional information: leadership@carishealthcare.com Caris Healthcare 866-694-4848 Caris Healthcare Promotes Jami DeGrave to West Regional Director of Clinical Care Caris Healthcare promotes Jami DeGrave to West Regional Director of Clinical Care. Jami joined Caris in September of 2015 as Patient Care Manager in the Kansas City, Missouri office, and was shortly named Kansas City Administrator. When Jami first came to Caris, the startup office cared for 6