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Americans are getting older. By 2030, older adults are projected to outnumber children for the first time in US history, according to a 2018 US Census report. That means that more of us will find ourselves juggling work-family balance and wondering how best to make sure the people we love get the care they need — without sacrificing our own health.
Thanks to Judith Sands, a Hadassah life member, help is here in the form of a practical how-to guide to navigating the challenges of caregiving, particularly for individuals interested in learning more about the ins and outs of home hospice care.
Her book, Home Hospice Navigation: The Caregiver’s Guide, is a comprehensive, tip-filled resource, says Sands. “It takes the guesswork out of caregiving and is intended for caregivers dealing with the home hospice journey. It also benefits those whose loved one is declining with a chronic illness.” Sands, a mother of one who grew up in Buffalo, NY, and Rehovot, Israel, lived in Coral Springs, FL, for many years, before moving to Raleigh, NC, with her husband, Lou Sands, who she describes as being “supportive” and very involved with her mother’s caregiving.
We are so happy to bring you an interview with Judith R. Sands, RN. She has written Home Hospice Navigation: The Caregiver’s Guide. This book provides important information about the hospice process from an informed and caring point of view.
Will your patients and their caregivers have the knowledge and experience to have a positive home hospice experience? Caregiving in home hospice can be a complicated journey filled with challenges and surprises. Navigating the caregiving and coordination activities takes knowledge and resources.
In Home Hospice Navigation – The Caregiver’s Guide, author, nurse, caregiver, Judith Sands, focuses on hospice – what it is, the personnel involved, when and how to involve hospice, advance care planning, and more.
In the May 27, 2018 edition of The News & Observer, Home Hospice Navigation was reviewed by Cindy Schaefer.
“Home Hospice Navigation: The Caregiver’s Guide” (CreateSpace) is a culmination of author Judith R. Sands’ background as a health care professional and her time spent as a caregiver.
“The decision to write ‘Home Hospice Navigation’ was based on my experiences caring for my mother and my desire to make the home hospice journey understandable and less stressful for caregivers,” she says. “The book answers Mom’s question: ‘What do families do without someone with your knowledge and experience?’ ”
“Home Hospice Navigation” is a handbook designed to help caregivers effectively manage the hospice journey, from the initial conversation about whether to begin hospice care, to managing in-home care and saying goodbye. Practical tips and resources are sprinkled throughout the book.
“End-of-life care is rife with cultural, social and faith-based connotations and expectations, personal biases and fears, Sands says. “Care-related challenges abound for the loved one, the family and significant others. Everyone has a set of expectations and often they are unclear or in conflict with those involved in the care process. Navigating through the unknowns before issues and concerns become problems is critical for successful caregiving.”
Sands is a registered nurse and certified in case, quality, and risk management. She lives in Raleigh.