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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - November 2012


Children and the grieving process

Children should be asinvolved in the grieving process as adults are, but caring adults should provide the proper supportfor the child’s grief. This support is important for the child’s healing, allowing them to reconcile their loss. Here are a few tips in guiding you through the grieving process with the little ones in your family.

Profit vs. Non-Profit Healthcare

For-Profit and Non-Profit healthcare? What is the difference? Primarily, it is in the way they operate their business. State and Federal regulations, as well as various health care accreditations, do not differentiate between the two. For hospice providers, this means the patient is entitled to and receives the same level of care regardless of the profit status of the provider. Both organizations are reimbursed the same. This ensures the standard of care remains consistent regardless of the provider.

This is a Job for Superman

Nathan (pictured in the wheelchair) is one of our pediatric cancer patients. He has to go to Akron Children’s Hospital every two weeks to have his port examined and meds adjusted with his oncologist, which isn’t always fun (or comfortable!) Our STNA Mike Triola accompanies him. Mike is always trying to get Nathan to laugh. When they went to ACH on Wednesday, November 14th, Mike took a Superman costume with him hidden in his nursing bag. He excused himself to use the restroom and, much to everyone's surprise, came out in the Superman Costume!!

Freedom is not Free

Crossroads Chaplain Ron McCulloughis a champion of Veteran’s Recognitionat our Kansas City location. The following is an excerpt from a speech Chaplain McCullough prepared to honor local Veterans: The words “Freedom is not Free” are etched on the base of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Freedom has never been free. This belief resonates in the hearts of our nation’s veterans. For those who have served and are serving today, freedom has a special meaning that many will never know. While the name of this day of remembrance has changed, its fundamental purpose remains unchanged. Veteran’s Day is set aside to honor American’s veterans for their patriotism, their love of country, and their willingness to serve the common good.

National Smoke Out Day

In 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.

3 Things Everyone Should Know About Hospice Care

1. 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.