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Blog: Hospice Views - 2014

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Scores and Scales: Understanding the Balance of Hospice Eligibility

You’re the healthcare professional treating a patient for a serious, life-limiting illness, such as cancer, liver disease, or a neurological condition. Of course you want to do what’s best for the patient. This includes considering hospice care. How can you determine if the patient qualifies for hospice? What are the rules for being deemed hospice eligible?

Let’s start with the basics. A common hospice myth is that a patient must be within a few weeks or even days of dying to qualify for hospice care. In truth, Medicare (which regulates hospice certification for patients over the age of 65) requires a patient be within six months of death to be considered appropriate for hospice.
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Once You Volunteer, You'll Keep Coming Back

It’s like when you feed a stray cat, and they follow you.”

That’s how volunteer Norman Bolden of St. Louis, MO describes learning about Crossroads Hospice. He knew Volunteer Manager Elizabeth Nelson through another organization, and when she accepted her position at Crossroads, Norman decided to check it out, too. “It was the best thing I could have done,“ he says.
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Understanding the Last Resort: Sedation

Take a second to think about the most pain you’ve ever experienced. You know, the kind of pain that puts black spots before your eyes; when you’re teetering on the brink of unconsciousness, and you want to cry and vomit at the same time. Maybe it was a sports injury. Maybe it was a broken knee. Maybe it was childbirth.
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61st Wedding Anniversary is Gift of a Lifetime

When Robert Collins met his wife decades ago, he never imagined celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary together. In fact, he couldn’t imagine making it to a major milestone just last year, feeling fortunate enough that his health allowed him to experience their 60th anniversary.
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On Call in a Patient’s Hour of Need

Being “on call” in a healthcare environment typically means being near the phone (and not far from the hospital or nursing facility) during evenings and weekends, waiting to respond to the needs of patients in distress. In hospice, being on call is similar in some ways, but very different in others.
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