Posted on November 15, 2012 in Hospice EducationIn the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths. That is why the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smokeout, encouraging thousands to join together and and give up smoking for one day. Hopefully motivating all smokers to kick their habit and aim for healthier lives.
Blog: Hospice Views - 2012
Posted on November 13, 2012 in Crossroads News1. Hospice is a philosophy of care It treats the person, rather than the disease, and focuses on quality of life. It surrounds the patient and family with a team of professionals who not only address physical distress, but emotional and spiritual issues as well. Hospice careprovides all necessary medication and equipment. It also provides assistance with light housekeeping, errands, companionship and respite care to help caregivers recharge.
Posted on November 11, 2012 in Crossroads NewsOften veterans don’t want to talk about their service. That was the case with Gary Jones, whom Crossroads Hospice had the privilege of caring for in 2011. Over time, although he never made eye contact, Mr. Jones came to trustChaplain Ron McCullough, and his story came out.
Posted on November 8, 2012 in Crossroads NewsThroughout history, thousands of men and women have proudly served our country, leaving family and friends behind to defend our great nation and its ideals. Recognizing their bravery, Crossroads Hospice has developed the“Honor Our Veterans” Recognition Campaign. The program acknowledges our veteran patients and veterans in the community. This November, the staff of Crossroads Hospice recognize local heroes in patriotic pinning ceremonies complete with certificates of appreciation and medals of honor. They will be joined by compassionate volunteers, ROTC cadets, members of our armed forces and their loved ones.
Posted on November 6, 2012 in Hospice EducationLung conditions, like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), touch all aspects of daily life, such as eating, bathing, housework, and socializing. Not being able to breath is very frightening, for the patient and for those present in the room. Frequently patients end up in the emergency room because of breathing problems. Daily monitoring goes a long way toward preventing such crises. But it requires effort on the part of the patient, and usually on the part of family members as well.
Posted on October 30, 2012 in Crossroads NewsAs an employee with Crossroads Hospice for 17 years, I have seen changes in the hospice industry. I have also seen amazing changes in Crossroads as well. As a registered nurse, my primary focus is clinical. With this said, I can honestly say that one of my favorite programs offered by Crossroads Hospice is our Evenmore Care program. Years ago, we realized there was a gap in the levels of care offered by hospice, and we wanted to bridge this gap. So, we implemented a unique program not “funded” by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Evenmore Care is offered to every patient and family member to ensure that ALL needs are met – regardless of how long it takes or that there isn’t a “financial” incentive to these services.