Dr. Laurie Brush Among First to Achieve Hospice Certification

October 30th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

DrLaurie_certDr. Laurie Brush received more than a dose of warm sunshine in Arizona during her visit to the annual conference for the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) earlier this month. She became one of the first graduates to receive a new advanced Certification as a Hospice & Palliative Care Veterinarian. 

The IAAHPC founded the continuing education program in 2016 to advance the study in hospice and palliative care for licensed veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians. The 100-hour AHPC Certification Program standardizes and defines the skills and knowledge required of animal hospice and palliative care providers, and establishes a standard of care that reflects excellence.

“Heaven at Home was founded in 2012 when the notion of home hospice and at-home euthanasia for pets was almost unheard of in Grand Rapids and most of Michigan,” Dr. Brush said. “IAAHPC has been an extremely valuable resource for myself and my staff to ensure we’re offering the highest level of care for companion animals at the end of their lives. I’m delighted to have been among the first 100 graduates of this new Certification Program, because it stands for compassionate end-of-life care across the country. Every pet deserves a peaceful passing with their beloved family members.”

The certification typically takes 16 months to complete, with segments on pain management, animal comfort, euthanasia techniques and ways to help families find peace and manage grief. The certification requires documentation of Case Studies, as well as on-site practical study and examination.

“It is demanding when you’re busy as we are, but we’re committed to keeping up with the latest research and techniques in our field to give the very best care to our clients fur-babies,” Dr. Brush said.

In 2013, the IAAHPC developed comprehensive guidelines for the practice of animal hospice and palliative care, which are now widely recognized among the veterinary community (see AAHA/IAAHPC End-Of-Life Care Guidelines, 2016). Since its inception in 2009, IAAHPC has helped popularize and promote the value of skilled end-of-life care for companion animals.

“There is a gap—treacherous yet barely recognized—between how we care for companion animals during their lifetime, and how we care for them during the end phase of their lives,” said Dr. Amir Shanan, IAAHPC founder and honorary advisor. “This gap has a tremendous cost in human suffering and grief, which is also barely recognized. Our program is aimed at giving veterinary professionals the tools for closing this gap.”

 

 


In Memoriam of Curby

October 24th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

Curby-1-Hearts_2018Curby’s Story:

My wife and I adopted Curby from an animal rescue along with Autumn, a female mix that was much older than he, but cared for him like he was her own puppy. Curby was just 6-9 months old. That was in Jan of 2006. We soon found out that he was born with bad hip dysplasia, but that never stopped Curby! His favorite toy all his life was a bright orange rubber ball, and his favorite game was “fetch”. We would play for hours non-stop and he would wear me out and still want more! And he loved playing hide-and-seek with his ball also. Curby and I developed a very special bond. My wife would always say “He’s YOUR dog!” -especially when he did something wrong :)

I was raised with dogs, and I’ve had dogs most of my life, and I really loved them all. But I have to admit, Curby was truly special. He found a way to reach places in my heart that no other ever did. Curby had the most amazing personality and intelligence of any dog I’ve known. He just seemed to know what I wanted him to do and he’d do it. Curby always wanted to please.

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We were told by the vet early on that we shouldn’t expect him to live much past 8 or 10 years because of his hip dysplasia and his size and breed, so I guess I should feel lucky that I had 12 great years with him. But I’d give anything for another day with him. Curby had a good and happy life with lots of love. And I’m thankful that he shared that life with us. He is very sorely missed, and in our thoughts every day, and in our hearts forever.

Words cannot express how thankful I am for Heaven at Home and the service you provide! It was such a hard decision to let Curby go and I refused to let him go at the vet’s office, in strange surroundings, with strangers around him. Because of you, my boy Curby was able to spend his last hours here in the comfort of his own home, on the comfort of his own bed, and with the comfort of his own loving family around him!

That meant the world to me! And I’m sure it meant the world to Curby, too! Dr. Tay was wonderful! She was very patient and compassionate and really helped us through this most difficult time. Thank you so much!


Drs. Laurie and Amy Attending the IAAHPC in Arizona

October 4th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

Dr. Laurie Brush and Dr. Amy Hoss attend the IAAHPC conference in Tempe Arizona

Dr. Laurie Brush and Dr. Amy Hoss are headed for Arizona to attend the 8th annual IAAHPC conference in Tempe Arizona on Oct. 5th. The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care promotes comfort care that addresses the physical, psychological, and social needs of animals with chronic and/or life-limiting disease. The organization educates professionals and advances research in the field of animal hospice and palliative care. Read the rest of this entry »


Heaven at Home Featured on eightWest

October 3rd, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff

Special thanks to the team at eightWest for featuring the services of Heaven at Home Pet Hospice! If you missed the show, click on the photo below to watch the video on the eightWest website! Hami, a gorgeous 12-year-old collie with arthritis, stole the show. In this segment, Dr. Laurie Brush discusses ways to help arthritic animals be more comfortable in their sunset years with things like mats, helper-harnesses, and more. If you have a pet who can’t get around like they used to, Contact Us to request an appointment.

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