Released: on May 21, 2018


Do you know what it takes to ensure that you and your loved one have a positive home hospice
experience? Caregiving for your loved one in home hospice can be a complicated journey filled with
challenges and surprises. Navigating the caregiving and coordination activities takes knowledge and
Home Hospice Navigation: The Caregiver’s Guide is a practical and comprehensive handbook that grew
out of Judith Sands’ experiences as her mother’s caregiver. The book is designed to help caregivers
effectively manage the hospice journey, from that crucial conversation about whether to begin hospice
care and to select a provider to leveraging the care team, managing in-home care, and saying goodbye.
Home Hospice Navigation is full of tips for when and how to advocate for a loved one as well as with
caregiver support strategies and personal notes. There are extensive “helpful hints” and resources
throughout the book.
“End-of-life care is rife with cultural, social, and faith-based connotations and expectations, personal
biases, and fears,” says Ms. Sands. “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.”
Despite her extensive clinical knowledge and experiences, Ms. Sands
faced challenges along the hospice caregiving journey. Her mother
often asked, “What do families do without a daughter like you?” A
driving force behind the book was Ms. Sands’ desire for all
caregivers to have the information and support they need to have a
positive home hospice experience.

Judith Sands, RN, MSL, BSN, CPHRM, CPHQ, CCM, LHRM, ARM has
over 30 years of experience as a healthcare professional and is a
recognized authority in the areas of care coordination, quality, risk
management, and patient safety. She earned a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in
Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Judith is a registered
nurse, holding state and national certifications in case, quality, and
risk management. Ms. Sands has been a speaker at various local and
national conferences. Her current focus is on ensuring patient
safety, care coordination, and bringing dignity to end-of-life care.

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