Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014

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Voices of Caregiving: To Fulfill the Promise of Care

Don Ramer first met Regenia in 1952. They lived in a small town in Arkansas and after a few years of dating, decided to get married. They moved to Memphis, Tennessee where Don worked in the appliance repair business and the couple raised their two daughters. They built a life together and enjoyed years of love and happiness, promising they would always be there for one another. Eventually, that meant a new role for Don.
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Retiree Makes the Most of his Time

Most people think of retirement as a time to slow down and relax. Not Don Twellman. When he stopped selling cars, he used his newfound free time to become a full-time volunteer. Don spends four days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. volunteering at his church. With his remaining time, he splits his hours between St. Luke’s Hospital and Crossroads Hospice.
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Minds Matter: How Dementia Patients Can Benefit From Hospice

Dementia is hard in so many ways on so many people. It’s frustrating, scary and emotionally draining for the people who have it, for their families and for their caregivers.

As hard as it is for everyone involved when dementia patients can’t express themselves or remember a loved one’s name, the most frustrating thing about the disease—and the scariest—is that these mental slips are only part of a disease that sadly can’t be cured.

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Botanical Gardens Bring Spring Gift to Patient

Lydia Weiss has been waiting eagerly Spring’s arrival. She has always had a love for the change of seasons, especially when the bitter winds of winter give way to the light breezes of the warmer months. Unfortunately, as a hospice patient in Brecksville, OH, Weiss doesn’t have the opportunity to welcome the Spring by maintaining a garden of flowers as she once did.
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VOTE for Caring More Award Non-Profits

In March, it was our privilege to recognize 11 extraordinary social workers from our community as our Caring More Award winners. Learn about them by clicking here.

During National Social Work Month, the Caring More Award is presented to outstanding social workers who go above and beyond to improve lives through their work with patients and in the community. The award includes a $500 prize to the non-profit of the winner’s choice. We are always eager to learn about why each organization was selected. This year, we’ve launched an extra special part of the Caring More Awards—and we need YOUR help to make it a success.
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World War II Veteran Thanked With Memorial Tour on Gift of a Day

The men and women who contributed to our country’s World War II efforts are often referred to as “The Greatest Generation.” Their sacrifices in the name of protecting our freedoms are still seen as a gold standard of patriotism and service to others. This dedication to service is epitomized by John Atkinson, an 83-year-old resident of The Gardens at Barry Road Assisted Living in Kansas City.
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