Posted on Monday, January 11, 2021

The pandemic has had an effect on all areas of healthcare, and hospice is no exception.  Hospices were already struggling with operations and insufficient staffing, the coronavirus is putting additional strain on it.

“Putting hospice teams first and foremost will be critical to enduring the pandemic, according to Carla Cheatham, founder and leader trainer for Carla Cheatham Consulting Group, LLC and chair of the Ethics Advisory Council at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

“The team comes first. We take good care of the teams and they’ll show up well for patients and families,” said Cheatham in a NHPCO podcast episode. “If we focus on caring for our teams, then we cannot just prevent some of the trauma threats that we’re facing, but we can actually then transform this into really changing how we care for ourselves and one another on our teams that’s much more sustainable for all of us in the long run.”

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