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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Hospice program introduces Steelers fans to heroes

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris held David Petrick’s hand while the hospice patient looked on in awe and cameras clicked at Sunday’s meet and greet.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Harris and Ron Blackledge, a former Steelers coach, met two Steelers fanatics at the Courtyard by Marriott as part of the Crossroad Hospice Gift of a Day program.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Letter: Encourage Students to Participate in Hospice Volunteerism this Summer

With the summer break approaching, students of all ages will discover more free time to explore recreation and self-expression, and get involved in something new. Summer is an ideal time for students to consider the rewards of volunteerism — and the benefits are plentiful.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hospice patient meets NASCAR driver

KANSAS CITY -- A PATIENT at Crossroads Hospice, Kansas City, Frank Duncan, 70, Holden, receives a “Gift of a Day,” involving giving Duncan something special. He chose going to Kansas Speedway to meet his favorite NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart, who played a gracious host to his fan.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Crossroads Hospice Needs Summer Volunteers

Crossroads Hospice is seeking volunteers to join its team of Ultimate Givers who strive to provide comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the greater Memphis area. 

Ultimate Givers visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, and provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. 
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Social Worker Honored for Caring More

Cuyahoga Falls social worker Lisa Boris, LSW, has been chosen as the recipient of the Crossroads Hospice "Caring More" award. Social workers provide daily support to their patients, but few receive special recognition for their efforts. In a move to honor social workers and their advocacy for those in need, Crossroads Hospice launched the "Caring More" award for a social worker who goes above and beyond for his/her patients and community.
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Friday, April 25, 2014

One Last Square Dance for 99 Year Old Woman

TROY -- Phyllis Wrenick, 99, is in hospice and one of her true loves for her entire life is square dancing. While Phyllis can't square dance herself anymore, she does still love being around it.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beavercreek Woman Wins Caring More Award

Leanne Maury’s parents stressed that “if someone needs help, you help them as much as you are able.” That family value led her into social work which, in turn, earned her the Crossroads Hospice “Caring More” award, honoring social workers who go “above and beyond.” 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Overland Park Resident Wins Caring More Award for Social Work”

OVERLAND PARK, KAN. ----- Overland Park social worker Jennifer Cardinal, LMSW, has been chosen as the recipient of the Crossroads Hospice “Caring More” award. Social workers provide daily support to their patients, but few receive special recognition for their tireless efforts. 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Conyers Resident Honored for His Work with AIDS

Fernando Harrold, who has devoted much of his life in service to others, says that his greatest satisfaction comes from a job done well for the hundreds of people he’s helped.

The Rockdale County resident — who works as a medical social worker at Grady Memorial Hospital — was recently surprised to learn that he would be the recipient of Crossroads Hospice’s “Caring More” award, recognizing an outstanding social worker.
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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Veteran Receives Crossroads Hospice Caring More Award

Deborah Jesseman, a U.S. Navy veteran, was awarded March 27 the Crossroads Hospice 2014 Caring More Award, which recognizes a social worker who goes beyond the call of duty for members of their community. 

After a decade of service in the Navy, Jesseman, team leader at the Montgomery County Vet Center, dedicated her life to helping veterans overcome trauma and transition back into civilian life. 
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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Raytown Social Worker Recognized for Going Above and Beyond for Patients

Kansas City VA Medical Center (KCVAMC) social worker Kelly Artis has been chosen as the recipient of the Crossroads Hospice “Caring More” award. Social workers provide daily support to their patients, but few receive special recognition for their tireless efforts. In a move to honor social workers and their advocacy for those in need, Crossroads Hospice launched the “Caring More” award for a social worker who goes above and beyond for his/her patients and community. 
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crossroads Hospice Awards Kathy VanDoros for ‘Caring More’

BEACHWOOD - There are countless reasons people choose to become social workers. Yet, for Kathy VanDoros, one motive is attributed to growing up with eight grandparents, which is pretty unusual.

About the rare case of having eight grandparents, it resulted from VanDoros's four grandparents' choices to divorce and remarry. So, to minimize family chaos, VanDoros's parents set the record straight. “My parents said to them, 'You want to see your grandchildren, you're all going to get along, you're all going to come to family gatherings, and that's the way it was,” VanDoros told an audience one morning.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Becoming your best medical advocate

EDMOND, OK - From purchasing a new car to finding the best deal on a hotel, Americans are comparison shoppers. According to a study by GE Capital, 81 percent of consumers conduct extensive online research before purchasing major items like appliances, electronics and furniture. Now more than ever, consumers are spending this same time and energy in a different type of online marketplace to make important decisions about their healthcare coverage. Through the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans have purchased private coverage through HealthCare.gov and its state affiliates, and millions more were determined eligible for Medicaid.
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Sunday, February 02, 2014

World War II veteran has ‘Perfect Day’

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Air Reserve Station rolls out the red carpet for one of its own, a World War II veteran.

94-year-old Edward Hitesman who is in hospice care, got a special tour of the 910th airlift wing.

The moment Edward Hitesman arrived at the 910th, he became a top priority, even named an honorary citizen airman of the 910th.

The World War II veteran was stationed in the Philippines and flew fighter planes before being transferred to the Army.

“It was a horrible war and no one enjoyed being there, but you had to be,” said Hitesman.

Hiteman’s sons accompanied him for the tour.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Crossroads Hospice Seeks Compassionate, Caring Volunteers

DAYTON — Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers to join its team of “Ultimate Givers,” who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout Butler, Clark, Clinton, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties. 

“Ultimate Givers” visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, or provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. 
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Crossroads Hospice Seeking Volunteers

GARDNER, KAN.—Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers to join its team of “Ultimate Givers,” who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Douglas, Miami, Shawnee and Jefferson counties. 

“Ultimate Givers” visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, or provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones. 
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Column: Home for holidays a goal for terminally ill

The holidays are a time of family, friends, traditions and gratitude.

When a loved one has a terminal illness, the season can also mean added stress, fatigue, and financial burdens. Most families would not want to spend the holiday season in and out of an emergency room, yet nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of release. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this translates to $17.4 billion in Medicare spending on patients whose return trips could have been avoided.

Avoidable hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries has become a top priority for both policymakers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as hospitals feel added pressure to help patients remain at home. The CMS has taken on several initiatives to reduce readmissions from penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates to implementing shared savings programs in an effort to increase care coordination among providers.
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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Major volunteers as companion for veterans

FORT LEAVENWORTH, KS - “He talks about the way it is now, and I talk about the way it was then.”

That’s how Gene Berry, a Korean War veteran, describes his relationship with Maj. Cedric Burden, observer/coach trainer with Operations Group Sierra of the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth. Burden volunteers with Crossroads Hospice as a companion for Berry and a World War II veteran.

Burden applied for the companion position at volunteer.org.

“I got a response back asking if I would like to be a companion to an African-American Korean War veteran,” said Burden, who is African-American. “I jumped at the opportunity. It’s an honor to meet and talk with any war veteran and hear about their service.”

The two met recently at Berry’s home in Gladstone, Mo., and Berry recalled the first time he saw Burden, whom he calls “the major.”
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Friday, November 08, 2013

Ceremony to honor vets held at Shanoan Springs

CHICKASHA, OK — Crossroads Hospice, VFW and American Legion members held a ceremony in honor of Veteran's Day at Shanoan Springs Rehabilitation and Retirement Center on Nov. 7. 

Cord Fowler, Crossroads Hospice Chaplin and Navy veteran, spoke to the residents. 

The early Veteran's Day celebration was held in order to honor the veterans currently at the facility as well as friends and family of veterans. 

Fowler led the residents and guests in "The Star Spangled Banner" and the Pledge of Allegiance. Those who were able to do so stood and sang along while the veterans saluted the flag. 
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Friday, November 08, 2013

Dozens of veterans honored for service during pinning ceremony

WESTLAKE, OH — Patriotism ran high, as did emotions, during a pinning ceremony honoring veterans Friday at a local skilled nursing facility.

Valley View-based Crossroads Hospice recognized 41 veterans living at Our House, 27633 Bassett Road in Westlake, with a pinning and flag ceremony followed by a multiple gun salute.

Crossroads Hospice volunteer coordinator Jane Hobart said the facility routinely recognizes veterans living in nursing homes with patriotic pinning ceremonies.

Veterans received recognition certificates and were saluted and pinned by Theodore Wilson, a Navy veteran who serves as Crossroads Hospice chaplain.
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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Veterans honored at Delmar Gardens

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA — On Thursday morning, approximately 40 people gathered in a back room at Delmar Gardens. 

Instead of congregating to put together puzzles or chat over punch, the residents were invited to be honored for their time serving their country. 

During November, Crossroads Hospice of Tucker is traveling around the metro area to pin veterans as part of its “Honor Our Veterans” Recognition Campaign. Monica Laguaite, Susan Vison and William English stopped by Thursday morning to give out certificates and pins. 
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Permanent Ink: Tattoo has special meaning for former Shawnee resident

Something close to Milly Lally’s heart now permanently can be found on her lower left leg. 

It’s her first tattoo, a Celtic cross she got in September in Kansas City, Mo. Last week, she rolled up her pant leg to proudly display her ink in her room at New Mark Care Center in Kansas City, Mo. 

Lally is 83. 

And the needle didn’t hurt a bit. 

“I wasn’t nervous was I?” Lally asked caretaker Crystal Willson of Crossroads Hospice, which offers services throughout the greater Kansas City area. “I wasn’t the least bit nervous.” 

Lally had the opportunity to get the tattoo through the Gift of a Day program, which brings patients’ ideas of the perfect day to life. 
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Cecil's special gift

INDEPENDENCE, MO - Eighty-two year-old Cecil Vise has spent most of his life riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. But the bike excursion he recently took as a hospice patient at the Village of Jackson Creek Memory Care was the ride of a lifetime – and his last ever.

Cecil’s exhilarating jaunt was a special gift from Crossroads Hospice and its “Gift of a Day” program that creates special moments for seriously ill patients to bring about a perfect day.

“The gifts have brought smiles, tears, laughter and joy to countless terminally ill patients and their families,” Janet Hessenflow says in a news release. Janet is executive director of Crossroads Hospice’s Kansas City office.
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Music to his ears: Hospice gives Gift of a Day to man

In his younger days, William Smith sang with a barbershop quartet. 

He would later become music director at Purcell Baptist Church. 

Over the decades, Smith never lost his love of music. 

So when Crossroads Hospice began planning the 87-yearold’s Gift of a Day, a concert by the East Side Boys Barbershop Quartet was a natural choice to celebrate Smith’s lifelong passion for music. 

Surprise guests at the concert last month at Sunset Estates were Smith’s two daughters. To cap off the special day, Smith enjoyed his first-ever lobster dinner that evening. 

The Gift of a Day was created by Crossroads Hospice. 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Drexel Students Write "Life Journals" for Local Hospice Patients

PHILADELPHIA — With his fists up in a boxer’s stance, Thomas “Tommy” Jamison said of his contemporary in the boxing world, “They called him Sugar Ray because he was sweet, his moves were sweet!” 

Jamison is a 75-year-old hospice patient in West Philadelphia who now spends his Tuesdays reliving his glory days as a former boxer and ladies’ man while Hannah Gittler furiously writes it all down. Gittler, a sophomore English major in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is interviewing Jamison for a creative writing class. “He still has the heart of a fighter,” she said. 
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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tuttle Air Force Veteran Shows American Pride at Rodeo Celebration

TUTTLE, OK — August 7, 2013 — Tuttle resident and Crossroads Hospice patient Leroy Stout was recently given the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a part of the Tuttle Roundup Club. For Stout’s “Gift of a Day,” Crossroads arranged for the Air Force veteran to make a grand entrance in a Conestoga wagon waving an American flag. He kicked off the rodeo with his own spirited rendition of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” on his harmonica as the hometown crowd cheered him on.

Created by Crossroads Hospice, the Gift of a Day program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality. The process begins as soon as a patient is admitted.

Crossroads Hospice Chaplain Cord Fowler also honored Stout for his service with the United States Air Force, presenting him with an eagle trophy and citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Pictured from left to right: Chaplain Cord Fowler; Crossroads Hospice patient Leroy Stout; Social Worker Lois Huddlestone; and Volunteer Coordinator Shane Hinz. “The Gift of a Day program brings out the best in the community, with Crossroads staff, volunteers and area businesses coming together to create special moments for these seriously ill patients,” says Randy Wheeler, Executive Director of Crossroads Hospice in Oklahoma City.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Crossroads Hospice celebrates Flag Day with events Thursday, Friday

The Vindicator

YOUNGSTOWN — Crossroads Hospice celebrates Flag Day with a patriotic sing-a-long, traditional flag-folding demonstration, and veterans' pinning ceremony recognizing dozens of city veterans for their service.

Veterans will receive lapel pins, flags and certificates in recognitions led by Crossroads Hospice chaplain Daniel Tayman as loved ones wave American flags and sing patriotic music.

The events are at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Sterling House of Youngstown, 2300 Canfield Road, and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m . Friday at Omni Manor Skilled Nursing, 3245 Vestal Road.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Honor troops, veterans on Flag Day this Friday

Leavenworth Times

To the editor:

On Flag Day, June 14, we commemorate the adoption of the American Flag and celebrate the birthday of the United States Army. For more than 200 years, the American flag has served as a symbol of our nation's freedom and a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the Stars and Stripes.

Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation's veterans who have served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.

On Flag Day we stand with the more than 225,000 veterans in Kansas as they honor fellow service men and women and reflect on their own service to the country.

Whether you are a fellow veteran, a loved one of a servicemember, or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor local heroes, such as visiting with patients in their homes or nursing homes, assisting with ceremonies of recognition, or collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals.

As you wave the flag on June 14, remember that showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Throughout the year, join your community to thank veterans who have served and protected our nation.

By Veronica Evans
Volunteer Coordinator
Crossroads Hospice Lenexa
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember our vets on Flag Day

The Community Press and Recorder

On Flag Day, June 14th, we commemorate the adoption of the American Flag and celebrate birthday of the United States Army. For more than 200 years, the American flag has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes.

Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation’s veterans who have served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.

On Flag Day we stand with the more than 890,000 veterans in Ohio as they honor fellow service men and women and reflect on their own service to the country.

Whether you are a fellow veteran, a loved one of a service member, or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor local heroes, such as visiting with patients in their homes or nursing homes, assisting with ceremonies of recognition, or collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals.

As you wave the flag on June 14th, remember that showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Throughout the year, join your community to thank veterans who have served and protected our nation.

Cindee Tresslar
Executive Director
Crossroads Hospice, Blue Ash
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Monday, June 10, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do your part to honor veterans’ contributions

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On Friday, Flag Day, we commemorate the adoption of the American flag and celebrate the birthday of the United States Army.

Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation’s veterans who have served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice. We also stand with Georgia veterans as they honor fellow service men and women, and reflect on their own service to the country.

Whether you are a fellow veteran, a loved one of a service member or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor local heroes — such as visiting with patients in their homes or nursing homes; assisting with recognition ceremonies, or collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals.

Showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Throughout the year, join your community to thank veterans.

JENNIFER ANDERSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CROSSROADS HOSPICE
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Monday, June 10, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember our vets on Flag Day

Cincinnati Enquirer

On Flag Day, June 14th, we commemorate the adoption of the American Flag and celebrate birthday of the United States Army. For more than 200 years, the American flag has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes.

Flag Day is also a time to honor our nation’s veterans who have served to protect the flag and the ideals it represents. With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.

On Flag Day we stand with the more than 890,000 veterans in Ohio as they honor fellow service men and women and reflect on their own service to the country.

Whether you are a fellow veteran, a loved one of a service member, or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor local heroes, such as visiting with patients in their homes or nursing homes, assisting with ceremonies of recognition, or collecting personal memories and photos from veterans to create keepsake journals.

As you wave the flag on June 14th, remember that showing your gratitude for veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Throughout the year, join your community to thank veterans who have served and protected our nation.

Cindee Tresslar, Executive Director, Crossroads Hospice, Blue Ash
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lawrence social worker helps patients live their own lives

Felicia Shockey isn't your average social worker.

She has arranged for a patient to ride on a Harley Davidson alongside the Patriot Guard. She helped another fly in a hot-air balloon, checking an item off the top of his bucket list. She lets patients drink alcohol or eat steak — if that's what they want. It's all part of her mission to assist local people direct their own care. She says it's the best way to keep them happy, healthy and stress-free.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Bartlett woman wins hospice’s ‘Caring More’ award

Mable Barringer couldn’t have been more excited when she was recently named the recipient of Crossroads Hospice’s local Caring More Award. Barringer, a Bartlett resident for 12 years, was given the award March 22 for being “a social worker who goes above and beyond for his/her patients and community.” 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

‘Deserving’ Cobblah receives ‘Caring More’ Award for work

The words of praise for George Cobblah were flowing freely.

Charli Ackerman said, “There is good, better and best — and there is George, who is outstanding.” Charlis Allen said he is known as “dedicated, caring and reliable.”

Cobblah, social services director at Four Seasons Living Center, was honored by Crossroads Hospice with its “Caring More” award during a breakfast event Tuesday morning at Hotel Bothwell. The honor recognizes a social worker who exhibits exemplary effort for patients and the community.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Man shares artistic talent

The walls of Willie Lane's room at Austin Woods Nursing Home are covered with sketches of both famous and not-so-famous people.

Lane, 75, a Crossroads Hospice patient, recently shared his passion and talent for art with other residents at a recent art party "Gift of a Day," in which he led a group of other residents in drawing.

Drawing has been a lifelong passion of Lane's, and he has created many pieces of artwork that cover the walls of his room.

The walls are covered with sketches, drawings and watercolor paintings of people, scenery and landscapes and some abstract pieces.
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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Valley artist in hospice draws on life full of passions

If anyone ever wondered about Willie Lane’s main passions, one look at his room would quickly satisfy their curiosity.

“We draw with him and he draws us,” said Samantha Gregoire, a state-tested nurse’s aide with Crossroads Hospice of Youngstown and one of Lane’s caregivers.
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Gift of A Day: Program Offers Joy and Purpose to Hospice Patient

Terry Pollan, 62, will tell you he’s the healthiest man you’ll find dying of cancer. In stage four liver cancer, he has been cleared to drive, as long as there is adequate time between pain medications. He walks a little and is able to live with roommates. His attitude is even healthier. 

“The sickness is a gift. It’s a God-given thing. Sometimes it’s not the gift we want, but it’s the gift we’ve been given,” Pollan said. “We don’t get to choose how we die. I feel fortunate that I have the disease I have, and I can see things I couldn’t see before and feel things I couldn’t feel before.” 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pouncer helps patient’s last wish come true

Crossroads Hospice patient Lou Etta Street, 96, was a lifelong fan of the University of Memphis basketball team. She'd rooted for the Tigers from home hundreds of times, but had never made the trip to join the fans in the stands. Street was visited recently by team mascot Pouncer at the Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center through the Crossroads Hospice Gift of the Day program.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Crossroads Hospice Honors Veterans

Crossroads Hospice recognized dozens of Sedalia veterans for their service in patriotic ceremonies held Friday and Monday at local nursing homes. 
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Friday, November 09, 2012

Rocky River Veterans Honored by Crossroads Hospice

Several dozen residents of Rocky River's Normandy Manor gathered in a large room and listened to patriotic music and poetry. 
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

As darkness arrives, take note of depression clues: Letter to the Editor

October is Depression Awareness Month — a time to recognize a condition that affects nearly 10 percent of the population, according to the CDC. Each year, an estimated 8 to 10 million people experience the loss of a loved one. In addition to death, people experience the loss of a job, a child leaving home, or other major life changes such as a divorce.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

LETTER TO EDITOR: No person should experience grief alone

October is Depression Awareness Month — a time to recognize a condition that affects nearly 10 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, an estimated eight to 10 million people experience the loss of a loved one. In addition to death, people experience the loss of a job, a child leaving home or other major life changes such as a divorce.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hospice patient has ‘gift’ from miniature horse

Crossroads Hospice patient Marcia Halchuck, 57, recently enjoyed a visit from a miniature horse named Angel through the Crossroads Hospice Gift of a Day program at the Schoenbrunn Healthcare facility.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Crossroads Hospice Honors Strongsville Veterans in Patriotic Pinning

Crossroads Hospice recently joined Pearl Crossing Senior Living Community and Caring Tree Senior Health to honor its veterans in a patriotic pinning ceremony on September 11 in Strongsville. All veterans in attendance were individually presented with a certificate, pin and words of recognition by Crossroads Hospice. Following the ceremony, guests participated in a balloon release in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hospice program honors veterans

Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers, ROTC cadets, members of the armed forces and their loved ones to participate in a special project honoring veterans in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties this fall.
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Monday, September 03, 2012

Working Caregivers Deserve Our Support

It’s fitting that we have a day like Labor Day to honor workers for their contributions to our nation’s strength and prosperity. First celebrated in 1882 by a labor union and declared a legal holiday by Congress in 1894, Labor Day has evolved from a day of honor to the unofficial end of summer. In Pennsylvania, our labor force of over 5.7 million workers celebrates with neighborhood barbecues, family get-togethers and other final hurrahs.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Korean War veteran honored for his service

There was no fanfare for Edward “Eppie” Beck when he returned home from the Korean War.

He’d spent nearly three years in prisoner of war camps, but the only thanks he received when he got back home was a small party his family and friends threw for him.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hospice in need of volunteers for veteran’s project

Crossroads Hospice is seeking compassionate volunteers, ROTC cadets, members of our armed forces, and their loved ones to participate in a special project honoring veterans in Tipton, Fayette and Shelby counties this fall.
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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Westlake Woman Celebrates Special Birthday

Over the past 105 years, Emilie Krause has lived through the sinking of the Titanic, the Great Depression, two world wars and the first man to walk on the moon. On Thursday, Krause celebrated her 105th birthday with three generations of family, as well as friends from her current residence at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Westlake.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Former teacher celebrates 104th birthday

Hudson -- Friends and family helped former teacher Geraldine Robinson celebrate her 104th birthday July 13, two days early, at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community.
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Friday, July 06, 2012

Fishing on Lake Erie was one man's 'Gift for a Day'

Strongsville hospice patient Joseph Capanna, 49, has fond memories of fishing with friends and family as a boy. But one fishing trip he'd never taken was in his own "backyard" on Lake Erie. For his "Gift of a Day," Crossroads Hospice arranged a memorable fishing excursion for Capanna and his loved ones.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hospice patient fulfills dream of hosting voter registration drive

LAKE CITY — William Thompson always wanted to run for public office but never got the chance.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hospice patient works J.C. Penney store once more

Crossroads Hospice often asks its patients their greatest heart’s desires, how they would like to spend their perfect day.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crossroads Hospice celebrates Sellersville veterans in honor of Armed Forces Day

Crossroads Hospice recently joined Hidden Meadows on the Ridge to honor its veterans on Armed Forces Day. During the ceremony at the senior living community in Sellersville, veterans were individually presented with a certificate, hat and words of recognition by Crossroads Hospice.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Social Worker Honored for Going Above, Beyond

Memphis social worker Terry Durham has been chosen as the recipient of the Crossroads Hospice "Caring More" award.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Social Worker Receives Award for ‘Caring More’

Stow -- During his 12-year career as a social worker, Stow resident Greg Kovach has worked in a variety of roles for the National MS Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter, and has helped thousands of patients who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.
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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Crossroads Hospice and Madison Health Care give 'Gift of Wedding' to Violet and Robert

Crossroads Hospice patient Violet Elliott fell in love at first sight when she met Robert Tscherne almost 15 years ago at a nearby independent living apartment complex. Violet and Robert, who had never been married or had children, were inseparable for several years until falling out of touch when both were transferred to separate nursing homes.
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Friday, June 01, 2012

Making a Difference: Katie Licklider

Independence, MO - Katie Licklider goes above and beyond her duty as a social worker at Centerpoint Medical Center. Providing discharge planning, crisis management and therapy services to patients and their families, Licklider said most, if not all, people who come to the hospital are experiencing a high level of emotion.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Solon woman reunites with sister at Hudson retirement community

Nettie, a Solon resident, was determined to visit Laura, who lives at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson. Crossroads Hospice of Cleveland arranged the surprise reunion for its two patients, which became an unforgettable event for the sisters.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Aging Oklahoma veterans can use your help

On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our nation. First observed in the years following the Civil War as “Decoration Day,” soldiers placed flowers on the graves of their fallen comrades. Today, we spend this day of remembrance with patriotic parades, memorial services and family get-togethers. We stand with the more than 324,000 veterans in Oklahoma as they honor fellow servicemen and women and reflect on their own service to the country.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Crossroads Hospice seeking volunteers

Crossroads Hospice is looking for compassionate volunteers to join its team of “Ultimate Givers,” who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the greater Atlanta region.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Artists Pitch in to Complete Mosaic Mural

Perched in a wheelchair in her Webster Groves back yard, Ethel Koeppe, 92, looked on as the final piece went into her artistic piece de resistance.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Awareness Day Puts Focus on End-of-Life Wishes

National Healthcare Decisions Day on Monday, April 16, is the perfect time to start a conversation about end-of-life wishes with your loved ones, according to a press release from Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City.
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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Resident Presented Caring More Award

Tallmadge -- Lynn Werbecki said her perspective on social work changed when her twins were born three months early.

The children spent several weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit before she could bring them home.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hospice cited for supporting Guard families

Crossroads Hospice was recently honored for its outstanding support of spouses of reserve members.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

KV Challenge nets more than $48,000

The Keith Valley Challenge, the annual floor hockey fundraising marathon held this year on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, raised $48,478 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Crossroads Hospice seeks volunteers

Crossroads Hospice is seeking compassionate volunteers to join its team of "Ultimate Givers," who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families in St. Louis County and other areas.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

February is American Heart Month

February is American Hearth Month, a time to recognize the importance of keeping your heart healthy. If you’ve recently lost a family member or close friend, the pain of a broken heart may be devastating – from the inside out.
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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Hospice patient’s wish takes flight at Akron airport

It was perfect flying weather: sunny skies, temperatures in the upper 40s and little wind.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Crossroads Hospice Opens in Maryland Heights

Crossroads Hospice recently celebrated the opening of its new location at 2380 Schuetz Road in Maryland Heights. The hospice will provide comprehensive care to patients and their families in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties. Marala Horan is the executive director. She joined Crossroads after serving as senior regional director of Coventry Health Care in Hazelwood. Sue Fenlon is the clinical director.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Crossroads Hospice Named Best of Dayton

Crossroads Hospice was named a 2012 Top Workplace in the Dayton and Springfield metro areas by WorkplaceDynamics’ series on employers demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine, social services, business, finance, technology & education. 
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Holiday Toy Drive

Crossroads Hospice patient Tommy Beck started the Midtown Secret Santas Toy Drive out of his home 12 years ago to help children in need during the holiday season. Growing into a community event complete with an appearance by Santa Claus, the annual toy drive for the Salvation Army draws dozens of residents of all ages.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crossroads Hospice Honors Veterans

Frank Taylor, 83, a Navy veteran who served 30 years in the Navy after joining in 1947, is given an award of honor by Bill Douglas, a chaplain with Crossroads Hospice. Taylor was among the 21 military veterans, all residents at the Four Seasons Living Center, who were recognized for their service to the country by representatives from the hospice.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Inaugural ‘Caring More’ award goes to beyond-the-call social worker

Catherine Logan, director of Resident Support Services at the King’s Daughters and Sons Home in Bartlett, has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Crossroads Hospice “Caring More” award.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Navy retiree to lead Vets Day program

Minerva students will learn about the importance of honoring veterans in a presentation at 9 a.m. Friday featuring Crossroads Hospice Chaplain James Scalf, a Master Chief of the US Navy (retired).
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Fairborn resident honored by Crossroads Hospice

The American psychologist and philosopher William James once said, “The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.”
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Crossroads Hospice opens first Kansas location in neighboring Lenexa

Crossroads Hospice has opened its first Kansas location in Lenexa, at 11150 Thompson Ave.
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Talented beyond measure

At 96, Frances Aileen Elizabeth Strabley Krieger Rebenack is the real-life embodiment of that wise adage “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’ ”
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Crossroads Hospice is seeking volunteers for its “Honor our Veterans" recognition campaign

The hospice, with offices at 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite E, Green, is looking for compassionate volunteers, ROTC cadets, members of the armed forces, and their loved ones, in a project to honor veterans in Carroll, Harrison, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties this fall.
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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Crossroads Hospice launches veterans recognition campaign

Kansas City, MO — Crossroads Hospice is looking for volunteers, ROTC cadets, members of the armed forces and their loved ones to participate in a special project to honor Kansas City metro area veterans.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Travelling Vietnam Wall Comes to Fairlawn

FAIRLAWN: Scores of motorcycles and the truck carrying the pieces of a traveling Vietnam memorial wall rolled past Joseph “Zak” Zakrzewski and into the Catavolos Funeral Home and Rose Hill Burial Park on Tuesday.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ultimate Givers Needed

Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers to join its team of "Ultimate Givers," who strive to provide extra love and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the Kansas City area.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Family Reunion is Perfect Gift for 83-Year-Old Couple


DOVER — Hospice patients Herman and Mary Weigand couldn’t think of anything they wanted more than to spend the day with their six children, including their son Johnathon, who they hadn’t seen in seven years.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nursing Home Resident Treated to Special Circus

SPRINGFIELD — “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Phil Goltzene, 77, as baby exotic animals were shepherded out the door of Eaglewood Village Care Center at the conclusion of his specially requested circus.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Center puts together model day to honor 89-year-old resident

As a hairdresser made some final touches to Dorothy Novak's white locks and rosy cheeks, about 80 people assembled in the lobby of the Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills to await her entrance.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Crossroads Hospice announces 'Caring More' award

In a move to honor social workers and their advocacy for those in need, Crossroads Hospice announces the first "Caring More" award for a social worker who goes above and beyond for his/her patients and community. Nominations are currently being accepted.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Crossroads Hospice announces opening of Kansas office

Crossroads Hospice has chosen Lenexa as its first location in Kansas and has named hospice industry leader John Carney as executive director. Carney will oversee a staff of 40 at the new office, initially serving the greater Kansas City area including Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Douglas and Miami counties, with plans to serve patients in Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Lyon, Osage and Shawnee counties.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Bethel Hospice Patient Gets Visit from Cincinnati Zoo

Crossroads Hospice patient and 85-year-old Bethel resident Kathryn Beighle is fascinated by all creatures with scales, feathers and fur.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

KC hospice patient honored with 'Star Wars' celebration through Crossroads Hospice Gift of a Day program

Kansas City resident Tom Allison grew up watching the original Star Wars trilogy, following the epic adventures of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker and acting out lightsaber battles with his friends. A hospice patient at age forty-one, he wanted to spend his “Gift of a Day” reliving favorite memories as a lifelong fan of the series.
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Thursday, April 07, 2011

End of life planning eases pain, suffering for all

If you’ve ever tried to talk with teenagers about drugs or sex, you know how difficult it is to broach a sensitive topic with a loved one.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Marine pilot honored for decades of service to U.S.

For 25 years, Maj. Leonard Mapes, 88, flew enemy skies and spent long periods of time away from his family in order to protect his country. Even today, he proudly wears a Marine cap and colors and speaks freely of what a life as a serviceman meant to him.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Salute, lobster meal part of 76-year-old’s ‘Gift of a Day’

This was the military career send-off Frances Greene deserved. The 1952 Dunbar High School graduate and 30-year Air Force veteran was honored with her “Gift of a Day” on Feb. 10 at Friendship Village.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

An issue we need to talk about

Despite the debate about whether or not Medicare should pay for end-of-life conversations between physicians and patients, one thing remains abundantly clear: These discussions must happen if we're going to respect people's wishes and provide the quality of care that everyone deserves.
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Over 230,000 Ohioans living with Alzheimer's

Next week is Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Week, and a time to recognize the over 230,000 people in Ohio living with Alzheimer’s.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Inpatient hospice services now offered at GMC

Gwinnett Medical Center has entered a partnership that allows it to offer inpatient hospice services. Staffed by employees from Tucker-based Crossroads Hospice and newly-trained GMC workers, inpatient hospice beds with around-the-clock support for patients and families are now available.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

World Heart Day - A day to recognize the importance of keeping your heart healthy

September 26 is World Heart Day – a day to recognize the importance of keeping your heart healthy. But what do you do if your heart feels broken?
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Op-Ed: Elderly Americans in nursing homes should have hospice instead of agressive treatment

Two studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine suggest that a surprising number of elderly Americans in nursing homes should have hospice care instead of aggressive treatment...
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Monday, September 06, 2010

Op-Ed: According to the NHPCO, more than 13 million people juggle the huge responsibilities of working full-time while caring for family members

But let’s remember Labor Day’s real meaning and use it as a time to recognize issues facing today’s employees.  Among the most serious: working full-time while caring for elderly family members...
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Friday, August 06, 2010

Seriousillness.org Launched to Support Family Caregivers

If you’re one of the 30 million adult daughters and sons caring for a seriously-ill family member, you’re the backbone of the health care system...
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Crossroads Hospice Announces Call for Nominations for First-Ever "Caring More"

In a move to honor social workers and their advocacy for those in need, Crossroads Hospice announces the first “Caring More” award for a social worker...
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Crossroads Hospice Cuts Ribbon on New $1.8 Million Home, Celebrates New Jobs

A celebration of job creation and business growth. Established in 1995 and serving the Dayton area since 2007, Crossroads Hospice officially cuts the ribbon on its new home, marking a significant addition to the local economy. In 36 months, Crossroads has grown from 10 to 80 employees,

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Beautiful Balloon Launch and Community Cook-Out Honor Loved Ones' Memories with Joy

Cotton candy, popcorn, sidewalk chalk and colorful balloons are not typical fare at a memorial service.  Crossroads Hospice hosts a casual and festive memorial picnic for those who have lost family members in the past year. 
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stress Awareness Month - A great time to take control of the things that cause you strain and anxiety

April is Stress Awareness Month—a great time to take control of the things that cause you strain and anxiety.
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Op-Ed: Americans less likely to talk to a parent about end-of-lie wishes than a "just say no" talk with their kids

If you’ve ever tried to talk with teenagers about drugs or sex, you know how difficult it is to broach a sensitive topic with a loved one.  But as difficult as these conversations are, there’s one that’s even tougher...
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Friday, January 01, 2010

Hospice Volunteers help provide a system of care for patients and families

Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate and emotionally mature volunteers to provide support to hospice patients and their families in Oklahoma, Lincoln, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Logan, Pottawatomie and McClain counties.
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