ExpiredHospice Physician Peer Group

  • May 21, 2021
    8:30 am - 9:30 am

The group agreed on a next meeting date of Friday, May 21st at 8:30 am.  I will send a calendar invitation so that you can hold that time slot.


Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Witnessing the stress of staff on the hospice team and in LTC facilities. Absorbing that stress while trying to bring comfort, joy and dignity to staff.
  • Dealing with the stress on hospice teams who have been unable to enter LTC facilities to provide proper care.
  • Identifying the need for facility staff to be mentored in difficult conversations at the bedside.
  • Exhaustive caseload with short term patients and high volume of deaths.
  • Staff not taking time off to take care of themselves because they are “saving it” until after COVID
  • Post traumatic growth
  • Witnessing more substance abuse in caregivers and higher incidence of patients with history of addiction
  • A feeling of not enough hospice and palliative trained peers in our state
  • Trying to manage private practice along with hospice medical director responsibilities
  • Needing guidance on regulatory/documentation issues
  • Current Federal and state legislative issues


I have copied John and Susan on this message.  Please let any of us know if you have a specific issue or topic for the May meeting.



Janice McDermott

Director of Hospice & Palliative Care

Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH

603 225 5597


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