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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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Delta Variant - Steps to Protect At-Risk Loved Ones

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now the most dominant strain of the virus in the United States. The Delta variant is more contagious than earlier strains, making it even more important to take extra precautions when visiting older and immunocompromised loved ones.
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Breaking the Cycle & Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Some return trips to the hospital are unavoidable due to complications or new and unrelated problems. But too often, a rushed discharge process, inadequate coordination among healthcare providers, and a lack of critically important follow-up care leave discharged patients struggling to follow instructions about a new diagnosis or medication.
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What is Comorbidity?

The term comorbidities simply means the presence of two or more medical conditions occurring at the same time or one right after the other. With more and more individuals facing multiple chronic conditions, it’s important to understand how comorbidity affects patient outcomes and quality of life.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Val Kennedy

Val Kennedy has been a Volunteer with Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Lenexa, Kansas for “about five years.” In that time, as a Volunteer, Val has “visited with patients” and attended a family reunion, a commitment of vows ceremony and a memorial service.
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What roles do volunteers play in hospice care?

Hospice care is designed to provide whole-person care for each patient’s unique physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Hospice volunteers are an essential part of the team providing that care which is why hospices are mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include hospice volunteers in patient care plans.