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What is Compassionate care?

Compassionate care 


Compassionate care comes from the word compassion which means an underpinning principle of work conducted by health professionals, particularly nurses, according to Ann Bradshaw in her article for the Nursing Times. Dr. Beth Lown and others provide another definition of compassion in their article published in the Health Affairs Journal. Compassion is the recognition, understanding, and emotional resonance with another’s concerns, distress, pain, or suffering, coupled with relational action to restore these states.

Compassionate care includes several elements, according to Dr. Roberta Bivins and others in their article published in the British Medical Journal. The first element is the cognitive element. The cognitive element is understanding what is important to the other by exploring their perspective. The second element is the volitional element. The volitional element is choosing to act to try and alleviate the other’s disquiet. The next element is the affective element. The affective element is actively imagining what the other is going through. Another element is the altruistic element. The altruistic element is reacting to the other’s needs in a selfless manner. The last element is the moral element. The moral element is not showing compassion may compound any pain or distress already being experienced.

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Who is eligible for Compassionate care benefits?

People who have to be away from work temporarily to provide quality care or support to a gravely ill family member are eligible for compassionate care benefits (CCB). To be eligible for the CCB, the person must be able to show and prove that his or her regular weekly earnings have decreased by at least 40%. Another eligibility requirement is to have totaled 600 insured hours of work in the last 52 weeks or since the start of the last claim.

In order to receive the compassionate care benefits (CCB). The eligible person must submit an Employment Insurance (EI) application online. Upon application, one must submit a certification or proof that the sick family member needs quality care or support and is at risk of dying within 26 weeks or 6 months.

The proofs can be submitted using two forms. The first form is Form INS5216A, or the Authorization to Release a Medical Certificate. The Authorization to Release a Medical Certificate must be completed and signed by the family member with a life-threatening illness or their legal representative. The second form is Form INS5216B or the Medical Certificate for Employment Insurance Compassion Care Benefits. The Medical Certificate for Employment Insurance Compassion Care Benefits should be completed and signed by the patient’s medical doctor or healthcare provider to confirm the significant risk of death within 26 weeks or 6 months.

What are the benefits of Compassionate care?

There are several benefits of compassionate care. The first is patient-centered benefits. Patient-centered means that the need of the patient gives direction to the caregiver. Patients that can determine the pace and type of care show that they can be vocal about their physical, emotional, and mental needs.

The second benefit of compassionate care is that the patients are in a more familiar environment which is in the comfort of their homes. Patients can feel stress and anxiety when they are exposed to an overwhelming environment like a hospital because of the presence of life-saving gadgets and patients.

Another benefit of compassionate care is that the family members can learn how to provide the best quality of care for patients. Caring for their own loved one is crucial, especially in times compassionate care services are not available.

Another benefit of compassionate care is that patients enjoy the company of their loved ones. Having the company of their families during visiting hours can make a difference, especially when they are feeling lonely and isolated.

One more benefit of compassionate care is that it provides immediate attention to patients. Providing immediate attention removes the feeling of uncertainty of the patient.

Another benefit of compassionate care is clear communication. Caregivers are trained to address the medical questions of the patient. Patients can understand better because the communication style does not rely on medical jargon.

For healthcare professionals, Michael Feder of the University of Phoenix enumerates the benefits of compassionate care. The benefits include having a sense of satisfaction from helping others, improvement in working relationships with colleagues, an increase in job satisfaction, and a reduction of stress levels. These benefits make a difficult job more rewarding and also create a rapport between health care providers, care teams and patients.

What is Compassionate care in nursing?

Compassionate care in nursing is increasing in terms of literature discussions, according to Dr. Tuğba Pehlivan and Dr. Perihan Güner. Dr. Pehlivan and Dr. Güner, in their review published in the Journal of Psychiatric Nursing states that compassionate care is inherent in the nursing profession and compassion is a code of conduct guiding professional behavior.

The code of ethics of the American Nurses Association (ANA) calls for nurses to work with compassion as a way to respect each patient. It states that nurses practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.

Stephanie Tierney and others found in their study published in the Nursing Management Journal that beginning nurses do not provide compassionate care by considering patient client requests and needs. On the other hand, they provide compassionate care by considering clinical targets for helping their patients. They add that nurses learn that providing compassionate care requires building a rapport with their patients, listening to them, and understanding their perspectives.

What is Compassionate care in hospital?

Compassionate care in the hospital and compassion in healthcare is defined by Encarnación Perez-Bret and others, in their article published in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing, as showing sensitivity in order to understand the patient’s suffering. Understanding a patient’s suffering is combined with a willingness to help and promote the well-being of the patient in order to find a solution to the situation. The authors add that this must be a duty in healthcare professionals’ daily work.

Compassionate care nursing examples

Compassionate care nursing examples include spending time with patients and their families and applying quality care skills. Care skills include compassionate care and emotional work, which play a role in reducing stress and negative experiences resulting from hospitalization, according to Sima Babaei and others in their article published in the Journal of Caring Sciences.

Another example of compassionate care nursing is practicing good manners. Practicing good manners can be shown by being polite and calm, especially in emergency situations. Being polite and calm can be better expressed by giving the patients a warm smile, making eye contact with them, and avoiding rushed body languages, such as foot tapping or pen clicking. Babaei and others mention the use of a smile, a reassuring look, and a caress to show caring with affection or compassionate care.

Another example of compassionate care nursing is showing personal interest. Showing personal interest, such as making small talk to learn a little bit about the patient’s life is a great way to show personal interest. Another way is to be an interested listener whenever patients share a personal story by asking follow-up questions.

One more example of compassionate care nursing is acknowledging the patients’ feelings. Acknowledging the patient’s feelings can be expressed by using the phrase “I understand.” This phrase is a great example of expressing empathy. Expressing empathy also increases the comfort level of patients.

Another example of compassionate care is taking the time to think about what they have been through. This can be achieved by learning the patient’s background to avoid miscommunications or converting medical information into layman’s. Thinking and learning about what patients have gone through is a great way to understand why they are acting in a way now.

What is Compassionate care act?

The Compassionate Care Act, or Senate Bill 4945, is a proposed legislation introduced by Sen. Blumenthal Richard in December 2020. This bill establishes and expands the programs and activities within the Department of Health and Human Services. These programs and activities support and promote end of life care and advance care planning. It also permanently authorizes a doctor or a nurse practitioner to recertify via telehealth the patient’s eligibility for Medicare hospice benefits. Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 years old and older.

The bill was read twice after it was introduced on December 2, 2020. The last action on the bill was being referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions handles legislation, petitions, memorials, and other matters.

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