Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2013

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kara Barnett

Kara Barnett is a Reiki practitioner, helping people heal through Japanese techniques for stress reduction and relaxation. She had spent her last three years as a Reiki practitioner working with cancer survivors in the Philadelphia area, and felt it was time to expand her practice, but didn’t know how.
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At-A-Glance: Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder, which causes difficulty with movement. A chronic and progressive illness, symptoms continue and worsen over time. There are nearly one million people in the with Parkinson’s disease, according to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Despite decades of study, the exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown and there is currently no cure. However, there are treatment options available including medications, therapies and surgery to minimize the symptoms and improve quality of life.
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Staff Spotlight: Irene Rifkin, RN – Assistant Clinical Director

A Voice for Patients: Irene Rifkin, Assistant Clinical Director of Crossroads Hospice in Plymouth Meeting, was driven to become a nurse and to follow in her mother’s footsteps. “My mother was my greatest inspiration. She earned her GED and went to nursing school in her mid-forties. Hearing about the way she cared for patients made me want to do the same.”
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Happy National Doctors’ Day

Today is National Doctors’ Day, a day to recognize the contributions that physicians make to our community every day. Physicians and medical professionals are constantly seeking better medical solutions to heal their patients; dedication that requires a lifetime, and can impact future generations.
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Patient Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

Acclaimed author and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, once said, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Crossroads Hospice patient, Virginia Mudd, knew that ache all too well. She longed to visit her hometown but, due to illness, Virginia was unable go anywhere for years – growing more and more homesick.
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