A Path to Comfort: Caring for the Hospice Patient

is transforming patient care at end of life.

"This is excellent! It’s simple and easy to read and understand. It would be great to have for our families - they forget our instructions! This would be a great tool to have on hand. Having had personal hospice experience, I would have liked to have a resource like this!"

Karen RN (A nurse in Baltimore who now works in a home care agency)

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"Dear Odonata Care: 

Thank you for your excellent hospice resources in print and on video. They gave us the knowledge and confidence we needed to support our mom during her transition. 


Bonnie and Chuck"

THE CARE PLAN: A Path to Comfort, by Odonata Care LLC, at www.thecareplan.net has revolutionized the hospice experience around the country by improving the standard of care, alleviating anxiety with families and patients, and significantly reducing the number and urgency of after-hours calls.

THE CARE PLAN was born out of the challenges they experienced in supporting and educating hospice clients -  especially the distressed calls, day and night, from anxious caregivers, family members and patients asking questions many times over.

THE CARE PLAN effectively empowers patients and the care circle with this valuable information that can be accessed anytime, along with HOW-TO VIDEOS demonstrating personal care.

The authors,  Brenda Kizzire, RN BSN CHPN, and Nancy Heyerman, RN BSN CHPN have been caring for hospice patients and their families in Oregon for over 40 years. 


When used as the centerpiece for hospice care:

  •  Significantly improves CAPHS scores

  •  Meets upcoming and changing Medicare guidelines 

  •  Decreases triage & after-hours calls 

  •  Recruits and Educates nurses new to  hospice and end of life care

When used in all hospice settings, THE CARE PLAN has shown to provide:

  • Easy  hands-on workbook for medication management

  • Simple-to-follow instructions for  addressing and alleviating common symptoms

  • Resources and tools, including short videos, that guide and educate all involved through a compassionate end-of-life process.

“A Path to Comfort is a practical, compassionate, meticulous, and detailed guide to help families manage the day-to-day care of a loved one in hospice care, from the perspective of two nurses who have provided bedside care to hospice patients for decades. It provides step-by-step directions for such ‘simple’ processes as cleaning or turning a patient, which can often feel overwhelming to family members doing it for the first time. By providing this thoughtful guidance to the caregiver, it can make what sometimes feels impossible—providing superb care to a dying loved one—feel possible, thus boosting the morale of the caregiver and enhancing the care of the person who is ill. It is designed to supplement and synergize with the care offered in the home by a hospice program.” 


SUSAN BLOCK MD Dept. of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School