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Isn’t It Depressing

Isn’t It Depressing

October 30, 2018

Why do people decide to work in the hospice field? Isn’t it depressing?  Listen to today’s podcast for a glimpse into Montgomery Hospice and the employees that work in the end-of-life care field.  In lieu of National Hospice Month, our first podcast is dedicated to hospice workers all over. 

Managing Holiday Blues

Managing Holiday Blues

December 12, 2018

The holiday season is often accompanied with family gatherings, festivities, and feelings of joy. But for someone who has lost a loved one and is grieving, this time of year can evoke feelings of sadness and loneliness. In this episode we interviewed Our Director of Bereavement Care, Kip Ingram, who shared with us practical tips to help people get through the first holiday.  

How to Talk to Patients About Hospice

How to Talk to Patients About Hospice

January 8, 2019

Talking to patients and families about hospice care is difficult.  Why are conversations about end-of-life issues so important? Will patients think you’re giving up? Does it get easier with time? In this episode, we visited the Riderwood Medical Center to gain insight on how some providers approach end-of-life conversations, the time limitations, and resistance to care.

Working With Challenging Families

Working With Challenging Families

February 12, 2019

There is great meaning and purpose in the experience of Caregiving. But the role also comes with high levels of burden and stress. In hospice, the multidisciplinary team is uniquely positioned to initiate and model supportive care to both patients and their family. What if the family needs specific attention or effort, and is challenging to work with? Listen to an interview with one of our Social Workers, Lisa Frank, to learn more about how to deal with "demanding" families.

Should We Talk to Children About Death?

Should We Talk to Children About Death?

March 6, 2019

When someone in your family is nearing the end, can the children handle it?  How much should you tell them? How close do you allow them to get?  Listen to today's interview with our Clinical Manager of Montgomery Kids to learn how to support children as they experience the death of a loved one. 

Invaluable Gift: Conversation On Advance Directives

Invaluable Gift: Conversation On Advance Directives

May 10, 2019

Do you have an Advance Directive? Have you had the discussion regarding who you would want to make healthcare decisions for you if you are not able to make them for yourself? What happens when we don't have conversations about our health care wishes? Listen to this special episode of What's Important to You, where Dr. Shahid Aziz discusses ways to prepare for difficult conversation and offers practical strategies on how to have meaningful conversations on advance directives.

Spirituality at End of Life: A Bereavement Counselor Perspective

Spirituality at End of Life: A Bereavement Counselor Perspective

November 20, 2019

The goal of hospice care is to relieve the suffering of patients and their families by offering comprehensive care that addresses the patients’ physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs. Spirituality means different things to different people. Everyone has spiritual needs throughout their lives whether they follow a religion or not. For this episode, we invited Maude Harrison-Hudson, one of the Bereavement Counselor for Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice, to give us her perspectives on spirituality at end of life. Maude uses anecdotal stories from her personal experience to highlight the integral role spirituality plays in patient care.

Hospice in the Spotlight

Hospice in the Spotlight

January 20, 2020

What is Hospice Care? What makes Montgomery Hospice and Prince Georges Hospice unique? Listen to this very special episode of What’s Important to you as DMV Spotlight, a radio station on ESPN 630 , shines a light on hospice and palliative care. This interview features, Dr Geoff Coleman, Chief Medical Officer, and Monica Escalante, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Communications Officer of Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice. Dr. Coleman and Monica discuss the various services offered by Montgomery Hospice from Support Groups on Grief to Comfort Care in -home or in extended care facilities including music, pet, aroma and massage therapies. This is an episode you do not want to miss!

Celebrating Hospice Social Workers

Celebrating Hospice Social Workers

March 27, 2020

March is Social Work Month. With this episode we hope to salute the many social workers who advocate for a better quality of life for patients, families and community members. Our Social workers at Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice provide specialized care by helping patients and families learn coping skills, resolve emotional, psychological and grief suffering as well as help patients and families with practical task. In this episode you will hear Beth Kreimeyer, a clinical social worker, for Montgomery Hospice and Prince George's Hospice, with almost 14 years of hospice social work experience discuss how she helps families with difficult  discussions, address their feelings and prepare for loss and grief.

What It Means to Be a Hospice Nurse

What It Means to Be a Hospice Nurse

May 12, 2020

Hospice nurses meet patients and families at one of most vulnerable time of their lives. At Montgomery Hospice and Prince George's Hospice, we are fortunate to have the most dedicated and compassionate people in healthcare, working to serve our patients. In honor of International Nurses Day, we interviewed our Director of Clinical Access Services, Sharon Cline for this Episode of What's Import to You. In this episode, Sharon discusses the different types and roles of hospice nurses. She also talks about some of the best and most difficult parts of being a hospice nurse.

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