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Blog: Hospice Views - 2014

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Crossroads Brings Thrills of New Orleans Mardi Gras

Born and raised in New Orleans, Marifrances McCartney has always had a love for the city’s unique traditions and cultures, from the sounds of the jazz clubs on Bourbon Street to the smell of fresh beignets in the French Market. The 92-year-old has vivid memories of Mardi Gras, a time when her beloved hometown gathers together to celebrate its identity.
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National Social Work Month: Recognizing Our Patient Advocates

Each March we recognize National Social Work Month along with the National Association of Social Workers. This year’s theme is “All People Matter,” raising awareness of the profession’s 116-year-old commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life for everyone. Across the globe, social workers are united in the belief that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
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Bathrooms May Be the Most Dangerous for Seniors

For many seniors, living independently in their own homes is a top priority. Many older adults can do this as long as they are physically and mentally able to care for themselves. Sometimes, they’ll need help and guidance from friends and relatives, or from caregivers who can provide additional support and help.
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Doing More by Being There: Home Health Aide Sean Novak’s Commitment to Patients

Sean Novak is often part of the team sitting by the bed when hospice patients take their final breaths. As a home health aide, he provides Crossroads patients with emotional support, bathes and cleans them, keeps them comfortable, reads to them and visits with their families as they approach the ends of their lives. Though his work is difficult, he is motivated by an innate compassion for those he visits.

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Thoughts from Our 2013 Caring More Recipients

George Asiedu Cobblah
Social Services Director
Four Seasons Living Center, Sedalia, MO

In 2013, I had the distinct privilege of being awarded the Crossroads Hospice Caring More Award. In this competitive world where it seems you have to bring attention to yourself, in a big way, to be recognized – social services professionals are often overlooked. Therefore, it is quite endearing for an organization like Crossroads to take special notice of those men and women who have devoted their lives to this field. For me, the award is an affirmation that you do not necessarily have to make a big splash about what you do to be noticed. It is humbling to know that others pay attention to what we do.
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A Daughter’s New Role: Caregiving Through The Generations

Candy Rolph and her brother enjoyed a happy upbringing in Springboro, OH. Her mother, Mildred was kind, attentive, and quick with a joke. Her parenting was guided by a strong connection to her faith. When Candy married and started a family of her own, she settled down just five minutes from the house she’d called home as a child. In 1995, Candy’s father passed away, leaving her mother to live independently. Candy would visit regularly and help her mother do the things she was unable to alone, like shop for groceries. In 2000, Mildred was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a lung condition caused by her years of smoking. It was then that Candy realized her caregiving responsibilities for the woman who had always been there to support her would become full time.
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