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Hospice Drugs are Covered under Medicare Part A NOT Part D

Hospice Drugs are Covered under Medicare Part A NOT Part D
Hospice programs must provide individuals under
hospice care with drugs and biologicals related to the palliation and
symptom management of the terminal illness as defined in the hospice
plan of care. The only drugs covered by the hospice program are those
used primarily for relief of pain and symptom control related to the
individual‘s terminal illness. However, because hospice care is a
Medicare Part A benefit, the drugs provided by the hospice and covered
under the Medicare per-diem payment to the hospice program are not covered under Part D.

Hospice programs are specified in section 1861(dd) of the Social Security Act and in Federal regulations at Part 418.

DIY Feces And Diarrhea Stain Removal from carpet and Upholstery

Clean off the feces or diarrhea, or urine, as possible.

For a diarrhea stain cover with an absorbent, such as cornstarch or baking soda and let it soak in
Vacuum up the cornstarch or baking soda.You may need to repeat this step.

Make a solution of  cool water,  a little dishwashing liquid, and white vinegar.

Using this attack the stain.

Repeat  until the stains are removed.
Rinse carefully with plain cold water then dry.

If this does not completely remove the stain apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to the stained. Test this stain removal method in an inconspicuous area to make sure it does not cause harm.

Carefully rinse with plain cold water {cloth and sponge on upholstery} then dry.

Stop Digging By JoAnn Kunkle

"If You Find Yourself in a Hole, Stop Digging">
The quote is from Will Rogers, a simple talking
philosopher, who just asked us to look honestly at
ourselves, look around and appreciate what we see.

In preparing for a community course on interacting with
a dependent loved one to keep them stimulated and
positive, I was struck by the many technical supports
available and the real lack of hands on, relationship
builders for caregivers and the person they love.


JoAnn Kunkle
is a Volunteer Coordinator for the United Methodist
Homes Elizabeth Church Campus in Binghamton, New York.
She holds BS in Sociology, and graduated from SUNY at
Brockport.  She is a mother of two, grandmother of
nine and wife to one very wonderful man. She has been a
Social Worker at a Children’s’ Home, an Information
Specialist in a library and a Director of Social
Services. You can reach JoAnn at


All-Night Care for Alzheimer’s Restless Minds

Mr. Pomeranz at the , Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Took the day program and ran it at night. The activities mirror those done during the day: arts, crafts, exercise, and holistic remedies like meditation and pet therapy.

{quote} Participants are fetched from their homes by vans and spend 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. painting, potting plants, dancing and talking — or, for those immobilized by their disease, relaxing amid music, massage and twinkling lights. The patients rest as they need, for a few minutes or a few hours, and return home the next morning fed, showered and, usually, tuckered out. {end quote}

It takes just one person to encourage setting up Night-Care respite for those with dementia.

If YOU are using or involved with a assisted living facility, senior services, day-care, caregivers, senior center, or area agency discuss Night Care programs with your peers.