August 18, 2017
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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast: Five Fundamental Beliefs to Facilitate Change

By Kara Benedict, Director, Risk and Compliance, Covenant Care The words “risk management,” as I knew it when I was a brand new nurse, immediately brought this image to my mind:  Some old lady with reading glasses, gray hair in a tight bun, and really bad shoes, appears from “upstairs in management.”  She then “sequesters” the record, announces that she […]
August 11, 2017
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Four Ways a Health Coach Helps You Reach Your Goals

Our nation’s ongoing healthcare debate has brought a healthy shift in focus towards wellness, disease prevention and management of health risks. Most people seek medical help for problems related to chronic, lifestyle-related issues. Doctors treat the symptoms and provide guidance for ongoing care, but they don’t have time or access to help the patient once they leave the office. Although it’s a […]
August 4, 2017
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Seven Ways Eleventh-Hour Volunteers Ease the Transition from Life to Death

A basic tenet of hospice care is that no one should die alone without the supportive presence of loved ones. Eleventh-hour volunteers, made available and trained by many hospices, keep vigil to provide a comforting presence needed by patients and families in the final hours of life. Patients who have little or no family members nearby often find themselves isolated […]
July 28, 2017

Children and Grief

By Ariell Ussery, Covenant Care Children’s Support Services Hospice care is very unique in that we take a holistic care approach. We not only value our patients and their needs, but we value extending our support to their family members as well. Because of this passion to support the whole family, we have taken high interest in providing specialized support to […]
July 21, 2017
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5 Ways Home Health Care Can Help the Healing Process

If you’re providing full-time care to a loved one and feel caregiver burnout approaching, you’re not alone.  More than 65 million Americans juggle the daily demands of a career, home life, family and caring for family who may be disabled, ill or aging. Managing busy families and the emotional choices that must be made when looking after a recovering loved […]
July 7, 2017
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Seven Hospice Myths Exposed

Too many Americans entering life’s final phase are missing out on high-quality hospice care, despite Medicare covering the expense. Far too often, patients nearing the end of life are rushed to an emergency room and end up in the ICU where, after aggressive treatment, they eventually die. In reality, many would rather have died in their own home, but the mere […]
July 3, 2017

Volunteers: At the Heart of Hospice Care

By Sandra Huster, Director, Volunteer and Community Relations, Covenant Care One cannot overstate the value of hospice volunteers enhancing the care of patients with a life-limiting illness. Hospice volunteering allows exceptional, caring individuals to use their education, experiences, gifts and skills to help provide patients, caregivers and families with the most peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience possible. In addition to […]
June 16, 2017
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After Dementia Diagnosis: 12 Steps to Secure Your Future

When you or a loved one experience troublesome cognitive symptoms, an early, accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will allow you time to make decisions regarding your own future and to make your wishes known. If you are newly diagnosed with dementia, take these steps to secure your future and to help your loved-ones care for you. Advance Directives […]
June 9, 2017

Five Ways to Beat Depression while Recovering

Many patients at the end of treatment for serious illnesses or after a prolonged hospital stay find themselves in an unexpected period of transition. It’s the bewildering feeling of having to transition back to some semblance of normalcy with no discernable road map to guide the process. When discussing the physical aspects of recovery, clinicians don’t often prepare their patients […]
June 2, 2017
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Three Ways to Start the End-of-Life Discussion with Your Loved One

A national survey done by The Conversation Project concluded that 9 out of 10 Americans want to discuss end-of-life care with loved ones, yet only 3 out of 10 have actually had a conversation about it. Facing everyday life with all its struggles and trials is difficult enough, but facing the end of life seems overwhelming. For anyone faced with […]
May 27, 2017
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Six Ways to Thank our Elderly Veterans

U.S. veterans have sacrificed so much to serve our country and preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. The elderly men and women who have served in the armed forces often consider their military service as one of the greatest points of pride in their lifetime. Here are some ways to remember and show gratitude to our nation’s older heroes. Say […]
May 22, 2017

Five Secrets of Healthy Caregivers

The U.S. is home to approximately 70 million Baby Boomers, now ages 53 to 74. They also have been called the “sandwich generation,” as nearly 70% of them face the challenges of caring for elderly parents – even as they juggle pressures of a job and supporting their own children. Even more impactful, many of those aging Baby Boomers find themselves as caregivers […]
May 15, 2017
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Seven Steps to Prevent Falls in Older Adults

This year, one in four older adults will fall and injure themselves. Falls are one of the main causes of injury and loss of independence in people ages 65 and older. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active, which could lead to more […]
May 5, 2017
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Five Ways Hospice Brings Life to Your Last Days

A terminal diagnosis inevitably puts in motion a roller-coaster of emotions and confusion. The maze of medical opinions and options for treatment make it difficult to decide the best path forward for the patient and family. All too often in this nation, people die in pain, in a hospital or nursing home, and after pointless, aggressive treatment. The good news […]
April 24, 2017
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Thank a Volunteer in April!

“Ordinary People with Extraordinary Hearts” is the theme of Covenant’s 2017 volunteer appreciation events in the month of April. We take this month every year to honor the men and women, many of them senior adults and students, who volunteer for Covenant throughout the year. Last year, more than 1,400 volunteers supported Covenant in many different ways, including Visiting and […]
March 15, 2017
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Covenant Celebrates National Social Work Month

Covenant Care proudly celebrates National Social Work Month throughout the month of March. The 2016 theme, “Social Workers Stand Up,” recognizes social workers for providing comfort, support and advocacy for patients and families. There are over 640,000 professional social workers in the United States that have dedicated their careers to stand up for others. “Social workers comfort the heart, bring […]
February 16, 2017
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Home is Where the Heart Is: Home Health Cardiac Care

January 10, 2017
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Looking for a Sense of Purpose in 2017? Volunteer!

By: Sandi Huster, Director, Volunteer Services and Community Relations When people think about volunteering for hospice, their first thought may be, “I could never do that”, or “I would be too depressed.”  Talk to Covenant Care volunteers and they will tell you a very different story, a story about love, laughter and the profound experience of receiving even more than […]
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