Posted on February 6, 2014 in Hospice EducationBill Farmer loves vintage automobiles. Seeing the polished chrome detailing, hearing the souped-up engines roar and feeling the restored upholstery of the classic machines brings a twinkle to his eye. Crossroads staff members note that the hospice patient is rarely seen without an antique automotive magazine in hand. For Farmer’s perfect day, they wanted to bring the real thing to his doorstep.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014
Posted on February 4, 2014Hospice provides comprehensive, compassionate services to patients at the end of life in the most comfortable environment possible. It’s important to remember that hospice care is a philosophy, not a place. Services can be provided in a variety of settings based on the patient’s wishes and needs. In most, hospice is provided in the comfort of a patient’s home. Depending on the patient’s condition, these same services can also be provided in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and Medicare-approved hospice facilities.
Posted on February 3, 2014As a hospice nurse, I’ve encountered many misconceptions about how we treat our patients. One of the most frequent myths that I have had to dispel is about the use of narcotics in hospice. Many people don’t understand the rationale for using narcotics at the end of life. To some people, it seems acceptable to use narcotics if the patient has terminal cancer, but it is frowned upon if the patient has a non-malignant diagnosis such as dementia, stroke or congestive heart failure.
Posted on January 31, 2014 in Hospice EducationAt Crossroads Hospice we’re committed to doing more not only for our patients, but for the family members who care for them. A recent Pew Study found that four in 10 U.S. adults are caring for a sick or elderly family member. Too often, the sacrifices of these devoted family caregivers go unnoticed. As part of our new blog series, Caregiver Spotlight, we’ll share the remarkable stories of our caregivers. These are the stories of the children, spouses, siblings and friends who care for our patients through challenges and adversity – embodying a sense of commitment, compassion, and unconditional love that deserves recognition.
Posted on January 27, 2014 in Hospice EducationWe are living in a great time of medical advances. They have increased our life expectancy by 10 years—and cardiovascular advances account for seven of the 10 years. Despite these gains, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the largest killer of Americans and individuals worldwide. In absolute numbers: more women than men die on an annual basis because of this disease and this includes the United States.
Posted on January 24, 2014 in Hospice EducationAs a former student of Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Rita Peed spent years mastering the piano. Now a Crossroads Hospice patient in Springfield, PA her love for the instrument hasn’t diminished. Unfortunately, the piano she owns fell out of tune and went unused. When Peed had the chance to plan her “Gift of a Day,” she decided to change that.