Posted on July 23, 2014 in Hospice EducationTyrone Wright has spent his life in Kansas City. He grew up there, becoming familiar with each historic institution and new high rise as the city evolved. But there was always one perspective of his hometown he was never able to see.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014
Posted on July 21, 2014 in Hospice EducationWhen a loved one has died, old photos and stories from their life keep their spirit with us. Too often, however, we are caught up in day-to-day living and don’t spend much time thinking about the lives our parents and grandparents lived before we came into the picture.
Posted on July 20, 2014 in Hospice EducationWe associate food with comfort. Babies bond with their mothers while nursing or being fed a bottle. We give our loved one chicken soup when they are in bed with a cold. Food is so important to our cultural celebrations and holidays. A colorfully decorated cake and ice cream on birthdays. Turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. Spiral ham, pecan pies and sugar cookies at Christmas. Sufganiyah and livivot on Hanukah. BBQ burgers, dogs and ice cold watermelon on the 4th of July. It goes on and on. For generations, this is how we have shown our family and friends that we care about them.
Posted on July 17, 2014 in Hospice Education
“There are so many variables to experiencing loss. Consider, if everyone has a unique thumb print, everyone has a unique heart print.”These are the words of wisdom from someone who has seen a lot of loss and grieving, and who has given out a lot of hope: Vickie Mears, Director of Grief Support Services at Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City, MO.
Posted on July 15, 2014 in Crossroads NewsTerminally ill patients and their families require a great deal of hands-on care and support throughout the end-of-life journey — on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. There are times when a patient’s physical condition in particular warrants more care than what the Medicare hospice benefit — continuous home care — covers.
Posted on July 13, 2014 in Hospice EducationBrendan Young was a junior at La Salle University when he began chatting with the family member of a prospective student at an Admissions Night event. Discussing his prospects for a career in social work, the former hospice nurse asked if he had ever considered hospice.