Category Archives: Hospice

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

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!

 

 

MeMa’s Babies Mission: A Help for Those with Alzheimer’s

The daughters of a former Island Hospice patient, moved by how positively their mother responded to being given a baby doll, formed a nonprofit to collect money to purchase dolls for Alzheimer’s patients at Oxton Place, an assisted living facility in Savannah, Georgia. Two of our Island Hospice employees, Debbie Feliciano, RN, and Ken Sharpe, Spiritual Counselor, got involved as well. Together they raised over $2,000 for MeMa’s Babies Mission.

These actions caught the attention of the Spirit Newspaper of Pooler, Georgia. Continue reading

Island Hospice Is the Talk of the Town

 

Tina Haney Scarborough and Tebow, who is in training to become a pet therapy dog, appeared on WHHI-TV‘s Talk of the Town to talk about Island Hospice and our focus on quality of life.

How to Help Elderly Loved Ones Fight Depression

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Older individuals suffering from depression often have severe feelings of sadness, but these feelings frequently are not acknowledged or openly shown. Sometimes, when an older person is asked if he or she is depressed, the answer is “no.” Some general clues that an older person is experiencing depression include persistent and vague complaints, help-seeking, moving in a slower manner, and demanding behavior.

How can a caregiver help a loved one who has depression? Continue reading

Now Hiring: Weekend On-Call Registered Nurse

THA Group’s Island Hospice has an immediate opening for a weekend on-call Registered Nurse.  This position plays an important role in ensuring continuity of care for our hospice patients and their families.  Our weekend on-call nurses serve as professional members of the hospice interdisciplinary team to coordinate skilled nursing care to hospice patients after normal business hours. Continue reading