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What it takes to be a Hospice Volunteer

As the Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice of the South Shore, I coordinate the 40 volunteers that support patients and their caregivers across the region.

Our volunteers visit with patients in their homes. They provide respite for caregivers, so that they can go out and do errands, go out to lunch with friends, or take a nap in another part of the house. They also visit patients who are in facilities, where the primary goal is more companionship and stimulation. Each volunteer gives about three or four hours per week of his or her time.

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Topics: Caregiving, People of South Shore Health, Home Care

How to Support Children through the Grief Process

When a family experiences loss, many parents struggle to help kids with their grief. But it’s truly the child’s own network of trusted adults who will best help the child to process a death.

That can be an overwhelming task for adults who are also struggling to work through their own grief. But as the Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of the South Shore, I’ve seen many families successfully support their youngest members after a loss.

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Topics: Children's Health, Home Care

Three Common Myths about Grief

Unfortunately, all of us will grieve the loss of a loved one at some point in our lives. Despite the fact that loss is a universal experience, grief is something that most of our society is uncomfortable engaging, allowing myths to flourish. From the “stages of grief” to wondering why someone isn’t “acting sad” after a death, these myths are part of our culture, and can make it hard for those who are grieving to feel understood and supported.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Caregiving, Home Care

South Shore VNA Receives Five-Star Rating for Patient Satisfaction

Posted by South Shore Health System on Aug 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

South Shore Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) received a five-star rating for patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its Home Health Compare website. The five-star rating is the highest rating achieved.

The CMS rating system offers the most comprehensive overview of home health care quality in the country and was created to help patients and their families, and caregivers compare home health care agencies more easily. The data comes from the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HHCAHPS).

“This recognition is particularly meaningful because these ratings rely exclusively on feedback from patients and their families,” said Jann Ahern, vice president Home & Community Care Operations at South Shore Health System. “Our VNA strives every day to provide the type of care that our patients have come to expect and deserve. This rating confirms that our patients trust and feel confident in the care we provide.”

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Topics: Home Care

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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