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Safe Activities to Enjoy While Social Distancing

Due to COVID-19, more and more Americans are practicing social distancing. While working at home, schooling from home, and sheltering in place, it’s understandable to wish for a simpler time when you could leave the house or interact with others outside of your household without worry. With new recommendations from the White House to continue social distancing through at least April 30, it’s more important than ever add a variety of entertainment to your life to keep yourself from feeling stir crazy. Here is a list of activities to help pass the time at a socially responsible distance: Utilize social…
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A Letter from Our CEO on COVID-19

Our Continued Diligence to Patient Care Abode Healthcare has hired an infectious disease physician as an expert resource to help guide our decisions related to prevention and management of COVID-19. All employees of Abode Healthcare have been re-educated on infection control, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as effective handwashing techniques. Abode Healthcare has implemented new policies and procedures related to PPE and all medical equipment to decrease the potential for disease transmission. As a company, we have revised and implemented new ways for communication to take place within the leadership of our company to ensure that…
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The Why, When, and How of Handwashing:

According to the Center for Disease Control, handwashing is your best defense against the spread of germs. The CDC recommends washing your hands before, during, and after prepping food; before eating; before and after caring for a loved one; before and after treating a cut or wound; after using the toilet; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after touching an animal or animal waste; after touching garbage; or after changing a diaper or cleaning up after a child. Also consider washing your hands after touching surfaces in a public space; before and after work; and after using public transportation.…
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Celebrating the Holidays when a Loved One is in Hospice

This time of year can be challenging for those who have a terminally ill loved one. If this friend or family member is in hospice, the holiday season may feel “off” or a little less joyous this year. While there are certainly challenges you will have to face, there are still ways you and your family can celebrate the season with your loved one in hospice. We’re here to provide you with some encouragement to navigate this time of year. Coordinate with hospice staff. Those working in hospice are not just there for the patients during this time, they are…
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Keeping Dignity | Caregiver Tips

Your loved one can no longer do the many tasks they once could. They now depend on you for many of these things. The easiest solution may be to simply take over and make decision, but it’s important to be respectful of your loved ones. As a caregiver, you want to protect your loved one’s dignity and sense of self-worth. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine if your independence had slipped away. You can no longer drive, walk, or get out of bed. These once simple tasks now require help from someone else. How would this make you feel? You…
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Checking Off Bucket List Items

At Hospice of the Midwest, we take the question, “What’s on this person’s bucket list?” quite seriously. When asked by our Medical Director, Dr. John Hamerly at an Interdisciplinary Group meeting, we looked to the next deserving hospice patient, Ellie. Ellie was an avid horse back rider all her life and best friend Trish (for 60+ years) was her companion on trail riding, camping, attending rodeos, and enjoying the great outdoors. Her bucket list item was something easy to accomplish; to see and pet a horse! A phone call was made to Becky and Linda, who volunteer with River Valley…
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Sue Roussel – Employee Spotlight!

Here at Hospice of the Midwest we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping others through our services and now think it is time to take a look into the culture and community that make up HOMW. Meet Sue Roussel, she has long been with the newly named Hospice of the Midwest in Minnesota as an LPN! Before joining the team, Sue came to us with 24 wonderful years of experience in nursing, had recently taken up snowboarding, and had been on two mission trips to Haiti. Since she joined the team back in June of 2016, Sue has grown and learned to…
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Hospice Affirms Life

Hearts for Hospice & Home Health, hospice affirms life. And when in hospice care it is likely you have an interdisciplinary team consisting of kind and skilled nurses, medical directors, aids, social workers, chaplains, and hospice volunteers all practicing a holistic tailored approach. So, who are the ordinary people doing extraordinary things? Well everyone on your team, but today we are recognizing why hospice volunteers can have such an important role in end-of-life care. A hospice volunteer is considered someone who has the ability to share their heart and watch others’ hearts grow as time passes, sharing a connectedness. For…
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HOMW Promoted to THREE Stars with National Vet Program

Hospice of the Midwest was promoted to level three status within the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s We Honor Veterans program. The national program aims to improve the care received by veterans from hospice and palliative care providers. The program provides four levels of recognition to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving care for veterans. In order to reach level three, Hospice of the Midwest was tasked with providing education to the staff and the community toward building a “veteran-centric” culture, providing quality care for veterans and their families and enhancing its veteran volunteer program. For information: wehonorveterans.org
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Hospice Experience: The Iowa Farmer’s Wife

If you knew Grandma Neva, you had a seat in her kitchen. The Iowa Farmer’s Wife, known for her homemade bread, had a heart for hospitality. UPS workers timed their deliveries around lunchtime, and “if you hit cocktail hour, you’d be offered a cold margarita,” laughs Neva’s Daughter-in-Law, Kelly Jo.   Neva had always been vibrant and active. She helped her husband drive tractors on the farm in “small-town” Yale, Iowa. The couple [junior high sweethearts] had three boys who loved football. Neva never missed a game. Her greatest love in life was her family.   Then the worst happened.…
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Iowa Passion in Hospice Care

“Do something that you are passionate about, something that you want to do day-in and day-out to make a difference,” says Lynnea Andersen, Executive Director for Hospice of the Midwest. Lynnea is a social worker who has enjoyed her work in hospice care since 1998. Why did you choose hospice/home care? Lynnea Andersen: I wanted to help people in delicate, life-changing situations; I wanted to help create and preserve memories and make life special at a tough time. Most of all–to help families see that hospice isn’t the end, and instead, is the beginning to living your life to the…
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Providing a Ministry of Care and Dignity to Hospice patients with Dementia.

A Message from our Chaplain Greg Friedrich Hospice of the Midwest {Johnston, Iowa} Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementias can be challenging and at times very frustrating. It can also be very rewarding. When caring for those with dementia it is helpful to remember a few important things: Grief and loss are spiritual concerns for those with dementia. Because of an altered sense of time, a confused person may experience grief from previous years as intensely as if the loss had just happened. Validating the moment, hearing of their sadness is critically important. In the early stages…