Tag Archives: end-of-life care

Elder care in the hospital… and at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated Hospital, SMH has committed to elder care while in the hospital and before the patient goes home. The special markers will give health care providers enhanced skills to care for the aging population.

Ageing in Sarasota on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned the special designation of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). With about 63 percent of inpatient admissions being 65 years and older, SMH wanted to go the extra mile in earning NICHE designation. Listen in to find out all the reasons.

Patient & family focused palliative care on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Supportive care services at SMH are born from the essence of palliative care; easing difficult conversations, family focused care and quality of life. Providing means for openness can help at a critical time in one’s life.

End of life plans can change in an instant, and decisions can be difficult to make – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As life events happen, a living will or similar plan can change. But if a health event happens & the patient doesn’t have the ability to voice their wish, the family physician, family members or a Healthcare proxy can encourage the right decision.

Determining Your End of Life Plans on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

You may have an idea – or complete documents – about your end of life plans. Informing your family, your caregiver and your Physician is also a very important step. Listen for tips on how to approach the subject.

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired many – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dying well and palliative care are terms that have become more prevalent in recent years. The book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired a local movement to help those navigating end of life.

How Advanced Directives help Supportive Care Services – Part 4 of 4 on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Properly filled-out Advanced Directives, including a Living Will and a Medical Power of Attorney, can help in situations where the patient is unable to speak for themselves. The peace of mind for family is invaluable.

The important role Palliative Care on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

End-of-life care or Supportive Services is a medical specialty dealing with patients who are suffering from serious illness. And while hospice care is associated with terminal illnesses, it is also used to help those suffering  from chronic conditions.