Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2013

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Honoring a Veteran Family

The Crossroads Veteran’s Recognition Program is designed to acknowledge and recognize our veteran patients. Recently, we had the privilege of caring for Navy veteran Frank Bahr who served in the Korean War. His Crossroads team wanted to make his Veteran’s Recognition ceremony extra special for him, so they put together a party where his whole family could celebrate his service.
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Everyone Needs A Sense Of Hope

When giving a diagnosis that a cure is not possible, that does not mean that the patient must be stripped of all hopes. In fact, it’s the exact opposite, because hope is vitally important in maintaining a happy and quality of life even during those hard times. This simply means that patients and families need assistance in focusing on realistically achievable goals and that is where Crossroads Hospice comes in.
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Adult Failure to Thrive

This week, we celebrate Healthy Weight Week. When most people hear this, they think: “weight loss.” Unfortunately, as a hospice professional, I see many patients that lose weight unintentionally.
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Life Journals: A Patient Shares their Story

Crossroads Hospice Life Journals are a Gift of Blessings and Gratitude from a dying patient to the family she loves. The journal chronicles the history, events, and blessings of a person’s life. Recent patient Mary Jaime jumped at the opportunity to share her life in journal as a gift to her family. She talked about her childhood, her beloved husband Joe, her family and the travels that they enjoyed. Mary Jaime loved life! She and her husband loved to dance. Mary’s Hispanic heritage was important to her, and mariachi music and Mexican food were always on the top of her list of ways to have fun.
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Winter Tips for Caregivers

Winter’s cold and ice can be a dangerous time for the elderly and/or infirm. TheAmerican Red Cross says that, “Older adults are at greater risk for cold injuries because the body’s ability to maintain a constant internal temperature decreases with age.” So this winter, don’t let Jack Frost bring snow and a visit to the hospital. Keep your loved one’s safe! Here are 5 tips to keep your loved ones safe throughout the season:
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Meet Music Lover and Ultimate Giver Jim Haney

When Volunteer Jim Haney was asked to be featured in our spotlight, he said; “I appreciate the spotlight, but I am just an average musician that likes music and playing.” Jim grew up in Hereford, Texas. He served 3 years in the United States Army, worked as an accountant for a year, and then was a small business owner of a golf cart franchise for fifteen years. For the past twenty five years, Jim has worked as an Information Technology System Analyst.
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