Posted on June 30, 2014 in Crossroads NewsIt’s easy to see the difference the field staff at Crossroads Hospice makes on patients and their families. Nurses work to alleviate pain, social workers and chaplains have face-to-face conversations to provide support, and physicians consult closely to develop care plans. What may go unnoticed, at times, is the work being done every day by the people behind these frontline team members. The people who work just as hard, with just as much commitment to serving patients. People like Eraina Buie.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - June 2014
Posted on June 29, 2014 in Crossroads NewsDonald Gatling spent 17 years traveling back and forth across the country as an long-haul truck driver. He always felt life on the open road made him free. In 2010, he was diagnosed with ALS and his wife, Angie, began riding with him to ensure his safety. Last year, he had to give up his passion and career of truck driving.
Posted on June 26, 2014Don’t you hate when people say “no comment?” If the person is in front of a camera, we can tell a lot by the environment, the question, and body language. But what about “no comment” in print? I have never used those words, but after reading the Washington Post article “Terminal neglect? How some hospices decline to treat the dying” (May 3, 2014, Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating), I may reevaluate my position.
Posted on June 25, 2014 in Real Heroes Wear Dog TagsMilitary service is a family affair. It’s not just the soldier who makes sacrifices to honor the U.S., the families also face the harsh reality of service. When a family member is in the military, it doesn’t matter who’s graduating, who’s getting married, or who’s dying — because protecting U.S. citizens is always more important.
Posted on June 24, 2014Like other organizations, a hospice is made up of individual parts that come together to make an efficient, comprehensive team. Some of those pieces have roles that are clearly defined. The doctors treat illness, the chaplains offer patients and their families spiritual support and guidance, and the medical records clerks keep all the files in order. Some positions and responsibilities are a little less clear.
Posted on June 22, 2014 in Crossroads NewsSummer vacations can make it a difficult season for blood drives, creating a critical blood shortage for those who need surgery and other life-saving treatment.