An Inside Look at the Hospice Nurse Residency ProgramBy Erin Dunphy, RNSince I last wrote, I have been spending more time visiting patients with my nurse preceptor, Tracey Schwartz. I am learning so much from all the wonderful patients who have graciously welcomed me into their homes as a new hospice nurse to help care for them. Each visit is more than just a physical check up on the patient. We ...Continue reading
My husband of 31 years, Jay, passed away in August 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after battling pancreatic cancer for two years. The last few weeks prior were spent in the hospital battling an infection in addition to the cancer until he began to lose the fight. I am so grateful that through his healthcare providers, we were offered support from social workers, and we were introduced to Amy Gray, an admissions liaison from Care Dimensions. ...Continue reading
Care Dimensions launched a new hospice nurse residency program in August 2015. A one-of-a-kind program, it gives nurses without experience in hospice additional classroom and in the field training to prepare them to succeed as a hospice nurse. I’m excited to be one of the lucky ones in the first class. ...Continue reading
These were the questions being put on the table by participants in a support group I was facilitating for those who were recently bereaved. They debated the often cited notion that time heals all wounds, for the wounds they brought into that room were large, deep gashes, raw and oozing and too tender to touch. It was nearly impossible for most of those present that night to imagine a time when the pain would ever be bearable. There was "before" and now there was "after." The death of their loved one turned their hearts inside out, and their lives upside down. ...Continue reading
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is expected that in the next five years half a million veterans will need end-of-life care. Many of these veterans served in World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and as this generation ages the demand for hospice care grows. At Care Dimensions, we are honored to care for those who have served our country and have tailored our hospice services to meet the unique needs of veterans at end of life. ...Continue reading
Care Dimensions has a team of compassionate professionals who can assist you or your loved ones diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. We can walk with you every step of the way and provide assistance in making your decisions regarding your advance care needs. ...Continue reading
People facing a serious illness are often overwhelmed by a multitude of physical, financial, emotional and spiritual concerns. All too often, a simple call to hospice is delayed because of the misconception that hospice services are only for patients about to die within a few days. So many times, we hear from families, "We wish we had called hospice sooner." When the goal of treatment be...Continue reading
Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore, has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.