Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2013

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Hospice Is More Than a Place

George needed hospice care and as a prominent business man, city attorney and devoted father, he had very high standards. When we researched hospice care, the same sentiment echoed over and over again: “Crossroads is the best,” people told us. “They’re amazing at what they do!” said friends and colleagues with experience in hospice care. We knew that Crossroads was the ideal place for George. As I watched the Crossroads team care for George—the endless hours they stayed and kept him out of pain, the spiritual support and the comfort to me as his friend—I was amazed at the level of care provided to him in his home.
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Patient Spends “Gift of a Day” Ringside

When she was growing up, Betty Griffin used to take the bus to Cincinnati Gardens to watch her favorite wrestlers duke it out in the ring. Her all-time favorite champion: WWE Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil, known for his signature takedown move, the “Coco Butt.” The nights of cheering crowds, bright costumes and body-slamming maneuvers are some of her fondest memories. Now 81-years-old, the Hamilton, OH, resident could think of nothing better for her Gift of a Day than sitting ringside at a match once again.
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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

It’s no secret that the transition to hospice can be challenging, not only for patients, but for their families and friends as well. There can be many new faces to recognize, from coordinators and volunteers to the many medical professionals in scrubs or white coats. Today, during Nurse Practitioners Week, we’re introducing you to a very important member of the Crossroads Hospice staff: the nurse practitioner. What exactly does a nurse practitioner do?
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Vet to Vet on This Special Day

“When I was in the military, I didn’t think much about the importance of what I was doing,” says Air Force Veteran Loretta M. Davis. “But now, Veterans Day is a very touching day for me. I think back on the day I left the military. They gave me a folded flag and told me [I was a civilian now] and I had tears in my eyes. I’m proud to be an American and to have served my country.”
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For 16-Year-Old Madelyn, It’s Not About Credit

She recently joined our team of volunteers and last week, she made her first patient visit when she spent time with Crossroads patient Sam Paul. “I’ve known him since elementary school when our class would visit the building where he lived,” Madelyn says. “I haven’t seen him in awhile because high school is so busy. “
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