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Hospice Aide: Every Day is a Reward

I have been a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for 25 years, and a hospice aide at Care Dimensions for the past 10 years.  Every day is a reward for me because I get to help people who really need it.

Hospice Nurses Make ‘Regular Day’ Special for Patients

I recently got to accompany two of our hospice nurses on patient visits at long-term care facilities. It was a great morning.   One of our nurses was on the hunt for a solution to a patient’s personally owned high-tech

Hospice Nurse Residency Helped Me Achieve Life-long Dream

I always knew I wanted to be a nurse.  I put my dream on hold for family, but when the time was right, I left my mortgage industry job and entered nursing school.   When I wasn’t studying, I worked

4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Hospice Nurse

After a short career teaching English to high school students with learning disabilities, I was lucky to stay home with my children when they were babies. When my youngest was a preschooler, I began researching new career and educational opportunities.

18 Lessons of a Hospice Massage Therapist

I started working as a hospice massage therapist over a year ago. Two hundred and sixty seven visits later, I am humbled by this work.   During my professional life as a massage therapist, many moments have touched my heart

Nurses: A Community Treasure

Those of us who are nurses know this experience well:  people know who we are.   Something about nurses causes folks to seek us out: in the grocery aisle, at the library, during exercise class, or the church banquet.  There’s

Celebrating Hospice Social Workers

Hospice social workers stand up for people with advanced illness and their families in many ways. They are a supportive presence to the patient and family throughout the end-of-life journey.   In honor of National Social Work Month, Laci Gentry, LICSW,

3 Things Every New Nurse Should Know

After nearly seven years as a social worker in hospice, I recently decided to become a nurse. Being a social worker helped me understand patients’ psycho-social needs, but I wanted to understand the physiology behind it all.   I never

6 Steps to Avoiding Hospice Work Burnout

For me, being a pastor is among the world’s most honorable professions and constitutes the highest privilege for a person of faith. However, fulfilling this privilege and discharging the pastoral responsibilities demands a lot of sacrifices and hard work, which

Helping Families with End-of-Life Challenges

Note: March is National Social Work Month. Care Dimensions celebrates the tremendous role of our hospice social workers.   I always knew I wanted to be in a helping profession, as I love working, learning, and talking to people. During

"Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts."