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Blog: Hospice Views - 2012

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Information at Your Fingertips

The Crossroads Hospice mobile app gives you quick and easy access to hospice criteria,locations, and contact information on both iPhone & Android devices. The app provides a simple interface for physicians to send referrals for patients in need of hospice care to Crossroads – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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The Importance of Grief Recovery Support

Loss is something that affects all of us at one time or another. Whether it is loss following death, divorce or unemployment; there is no reason anyone should have to make the journey alone. At Crossroads, we are doing MORE to help make sense of the many emotions that accompany such losses. We offer the Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program, led by our trained and certified Grief Recovery Specialists, to assist in the process of grieving.
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The ABCs of Avoiding Burnout

Caregivers are placed under an enormous amount of stress. Stress that is compounded sometimes by grueling hours, constant need of loved ones and families, and personal pain and heartbreak. Too much stress, to many hours, and not enough moments of clarity can lead to burn-out – and that isn’t good for anybody. It is important for all caregivers to keep themselves mentally healthy, so that they can provide for the needs of their charges. To avoidburn-out, trying to following these guidelines can prove to be beneficial.
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Who are Crossroads patients?

In the technical sense, Crossroads Hospice’s patients need to meet two criteria. First, the patient must be certified by two physicians with a prognosis of six months (or less) to live – if the disease runs its normal course. The second, is that the patient must choose palliative medicine instead of curative medical care.
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The Ultimate Gift: Major League Baseball Honors One Of Its Own

Inspired by the life lessons in Jim Stovall’s novelThe Ultimate Gift, we developed unique plans of care that include programs like Gift of a Day. The idea is based on the question: “If you only had one day to live, what would it look like?” Since its inception, we have helped hundreds of patients experience the perfect day. Our staff members, volunteers and local businesses work together to bring the Gifts to life. Here is a gift that our Cincinnati office held for their patient, Larry Strautman.
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Who Is The Green Team?

One great thing about Crossroads hospice is the “team” approach to the delivery of care. In any other healthcare setting, the patients’ care is decided upon by a physician, and other healthcare professionals then follow that doctors orders. This model of care almost always focuses on the physical ailments of the patient and is designed to “cure” the patients’ illnesses or reduce and/or eliminate the symptoms associated with the disease. While Crossroads Hospice also utilizes physicians, namely the attending physicianof the patient and Crossroads Hospice’s Medical Director, these two physicians are only part of an all-encompassing team. At Crossroads, the director of the care plan is the patient. Nothing is done – no treatments, no medication – that doesn’t follow the patients’ wishes. At Crossroads Hospice, we recognize that physical ailments or discomfort are only part of the picture, and many times a patients’ pain cannot be brought under control unless the mental and spiritual issues are addressed. Therefore, the team at Crossroads Hospice must be able to handle all aspects of care for any patient.
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