Posted on January 20, 2014 in Crossroads News"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Twenty years ago, the federal government asked Americans to change the way they looked at the third Monday in January. Traditionally honored as the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, legislation—known as the King Holiday and Service Act—encouraged Americans to use their day off from work into a day of citizen action and volunteer service.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014
Posted on January 16, 2014 in Crossroads NewsVolunteers come to us from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Ann Simmons was a caregiver for a church friend for eight years. She then became the caregiver for her own mother who was on Crossroads Hospice’s service in Memphis for eight months.
Posted on January 12, 2014 in Hospice Education
Posted on January 9, 2014"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." — Albert Einstein For those of you caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, does this quote strike a chord? You’re not alone. Caregivers of patients with dementia issues are often frustrated by the repetitive nature of their patient’s illness.
Posted on January 5, 2014 in Happiness ProjectEach year, our Kansas City location names a Volunteer of the Year from the Kansas City, Gladstone and Warrensburg locations. This year, the award was presented to our very own “Music Man,” Jim Haney. After retiring in February 2011, Jim joined the Crossroads Volunteer Team because he wanted to focus on giving back to others. His lifelong passion is music, specifically playing his guitar and singing. Jim has dedicated the last two years to performing in several facilities in Lee’s Summit, Independence and Blue Springs. Each week, he hauls his microphone, guitar, amp and stool to bring comfort to Crossroads patients by singing American tunes, childhood favorites and more.
Posted on January 3, 2014 in Hospice EducationEvery two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10 percent actually do. According to the American Red Cross, blood donations dip twice a year: during the summer and during the winter holiday season. NOW is the time to give the gift of life. “People are traveling more, shopping, visiting with loved ones and during the winter months, it only takes two or three inches of snow to impact our ability to collect blood locally,” says a Red Cross spokesperson.