Now Hiring: Hospice Patient Care Coordinator / Team Lead (Savannah, GA)

Come join our team! We are a continuously growing, locally owned and operated home health and hospice company headquartered in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with offices serving Coastal Georgia and South Carolina. We’re known for our high quality of care and for our ability to provide a continuum of care through our home health, hospice, private duty, and geriatric care management service lines. We are also an industry leader in the use of technology to support quality outcomes, reduce rehospitalizations, and empower our patients toward self-management.

THA Group’s Island Hospice has an immediate opening for a full time Hospice Patient Care Coordinator/Team Lead. This role coordinates all aspects of patient care transition for Island Hospice to ensure that patients/families understand the benefits of hospice and that admissions occur in a timely, efficient, and patient-centered manner. Additionally, this role serves as Team Lead in coordinating care for hospice patients and promoting positive outcomes that are consistent with the established plan of care. Continue reading

Maggie Cares: American Heart Month

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It’s February and love is in the air. Many stores are already full of chocolates and sweet Valentine’s Day cards. Personally, I can’t wait to get my paws on all the extra treats that will be in my bowl when Valentine’s Day arrives.

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Now Hiring: Hospice RN (GA)

THA Group’s Island Hospice has an immediate opening for a Registered Nurse (RN) to care for hospice patients in Georgia.

Responsibilities: Serves as a professional member of the hospice interdisciplinary team to coordinate skilled nursing are to hospice patients. Responsible for assessing patient and family needs and providing quality patient care in order to promote positive outcomes that are consistent with the established plan of care.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs admission visits, post-hospital evaluations, death visits, discharges and other visits as assigned.
  • Completes required documentation in a timely manner and uses the nursing process to monitor patient status.
  • Provides skilled nursing care and instruction to patients and/or caregivers as directed by the plan of care.
  • Submits nursing notes, visit logs, and physician orders in a timely manner; Initiates verbal reports on patients as needed in order to promote effective communication and ensure continuity of care.
  • Assesses patients’ physical and emotional status; reports changes in patients’ status to the physician and care manager in a timely manner; initiates additional physician orders as needed.
  • Educates patients, families, and caregivers on end of life processes and disease progression.
  • Ensures that all patients and /or their caregivers understand their rights and responsibilities.
  • Collaborates with other members of the clinical team to implement, update, and evaluate the plan of care for assigned patients from admission through discharge.

Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) with current state licensure; B.S.N. preferred
  • One to two years experience in nursing; specific experience in hospice strongly preferred
  • CPR certified
  • Effective communication skills
  • Reliable transportation with proof of insurance, current driver’s license and good driving record

Qualified candidates should submit a resume to Talent Management, 3 W. Perry Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or opportunities@thagroup.org. Contact Rachael Kapucinski at 912-721-5138 for additional information.

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Maggie Cares: Happy Halloween!

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maggie5Halloween is just around the corner. Soon an army of costumed little humans will be running up to my house, ringing the doorbell and demanding treats. Unlike me, they don’t have to do any tricks to get a treat from my mom. But if she doesn’t give them treats, they may trick us! It’s very confusing.

Like Halloween, the idea of hospice care can be mysterious and frightening. Betsy Kane, RN, a hospice field nurse for THA Group’s Island Hospice, says, “One of the most common misconceptions about hospice is that it is only called for during the last hours of life.” Because of this, only about half of those eligible for hospice care ever receive it. Even if a patient is ready for hospice care, sometimes family members fear that employing hospice will “hasten the end” for their loved one. Additionally, anxiety about the cost of hospice care can slow the hospice process, as many people don’t know that hospice care is often fully funded by insurance or Medicare. Kane states, “Many times, a patient or family member has unrealistic ideas about what occurs during hospice care. This is a good opportunity to talk about their feelings and to discuss the reality of hospice care.”

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The reality is that hospice care’s value is far greater than the fears surrounding it. “Hospice is about quality,” says Kelly Platt, a Medical Social Worker for Island Hospice. Studies show that hospice care improves quality of life and extends life expectancy. The average hospice patient lives almost a month longer than people with similar conditions who refuse hospice care. One in five patients “graduate” from hospice – they either get better or their decline levels off and they leave the program. For many seriously ill patients, hospice care offers a more dignified and comfortable alternative to spending their final months in the impersonal environment of a hospital. Seeking hospice care isn’t about giving up hope or hastening death, but rather a way to get the most appropriate care in the last phase of life.

maggie1Because death is scary for the living as well as the dying, hospice aims to comfort the whole family. Hospice care combines the care of nurses, chaplains, social workers and volunteers (like me!) in the lives of patients and their families at their time of need. These workers become part of the family, and many work for hospice because of the difference it made for loved ones in their own lives. When asked how she handles the difficulties of being a hospice nurse, Kane says, “We get very close with our patients, their families and caregivers. It’s important to be supported by a strong team.”

Don’t be spooked by the idea of hospice care. If you or a loved one would like more information about hospice, call 888-842-4663 to speak with one of our hospice experts.maggie3

I hope you all have a safe and fun-filled Halloween! Don’t forget to keep all that candy (including empty wrappers) away from your pets!

 

 

Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not.

Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.

Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls: Continue reading

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

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THA Group‘s comprehensive balance program, Step Forward™, is designed to identify and treat risk factors for falls and improve independence and safety at home. Program features include a mobility evaluation with a home safety assessment, patient education and a customized exercise program for balance improvement. For more information about Step Forward™, call 888-842-4663. Download the Step Forward™ Home Safety Checklist.

6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One From a Fall

Did you know that 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+.

Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible.

The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. The key is to know where to look. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall: Continue reading