Archive for Recertification

In Hospice, MAC Isn’t About Comfort Food

Mac & Cheese is comfort food, but sometimes . . .

While discussing a new admission, the hospice medical director reminded the patient’s nurse to get a mac.

The nurse immediately nodded. Complete agreement.

A mac? What did the doctor mean? They couldn’t mean a Macintosh computer from Apple, could they? That didn’t make sense. But thoughts of digital apples made me think about real food . . . did they mean Mac & Cheese? Though not a big fan of that packaged pasta and cheese, it is one of my wife’s favorite comfort foods.

My food wondering continued. What about a “Big Mac?” Could the doctor have been recommending a fast food burger? (When younger, I loved McDonald’s flagship burger. The Big Mac debuted, with fanfare and a high calorie count, around the time I started college. If I could scrape together a few extra quarters, I’d always go for the extra all-beef patty and special sauce!)

But we hospice professionals couldn’t have been talking meal deals . . . right?

Ever ignorant, I asked the doctor, “What is a ‘mac?’” Read More →

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The Third R: Hospice Recertification*

graduation-300x205I heard about a guy that ordered a T-shirt in anticipation of his hospice nurse’s final home visit. Even in the digital age, it took a bit of planning to get the shirt created and delivered.

Though I’m making up parts of the story I don’t recall, I’m probably not far wrong . . .

So, when the nurse entered the room where his rented hospital bed was located, the patient pulled back the sheets to reveal his new fashion statement. On the shirt, in bold letters, it read: Read More →

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