Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014

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Becoming a Family Caregiver: 10 Tips

When a loved one becomes ill, family and friends are often thrust into the caregiver role, creating questions like:

  • What do I do first?

  • What kinds of help can I get?

  • Where can I look for help?

When you’re acting as a caregiver, whether it’s happened suddenly or was a gradual transition, it’s important to understand your role and who can help. Here are 10 tips to help you become a caregiver.

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What in the World Is Roxanol?

Morphine sulfate is the gold standard in the treatment of pain and shortness of breath in end-of-life care. It’s a valuable tool for symptom management in the hospice setting.

So what is it? Well, let’s start with the basics of morphine. Morphine is a drug that hospice nurses are well-versed in, and it’s a safe and effective medication when given in appropriate doses. The doses should be administered at prescribed intervals, and increased slowly to address escalating pain. The medication can only be given by order of a primary care physician or the hospice medical director.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Big Personality in a Little Package

The town of Independence, MO, about 20 minutes east of Kansas City, is home to special Crossroads Hospice Volunteer that’s seen more than you can imagine and gives more of her time in a week than most do in a year. On Mondays from 11:30am to 1:00pm, you can drive by the local courthouse and in front of the Harry Truman statue, you’ll see her. She’s the tiny woman, delicately crocheting her latest project.
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