Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - September 2015

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Gift of a Day Program Improves Quality of Life

The Gift of a Day is one of Crossroad Hospice’s signature programs, and it’s beginning to get academic recognition. Inspired by Jim Stovall’s book, The Ultimate Gift, we ask all Crossroads Hospice patients: “If you had one perfect day, what would it look like?” Since the program began, we have helped hundreds of patients enjoy touching Gift of a Day events, ranging from special family dinners to musical performances and unique activities like helicopter flights and meeting a favorite performer. Recently, two academic articles took a closer look at the program.
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20 Years of Crossroads Hospice Employees Doing More

Earlier this month we celebrated Labor Day, when we recognize the contributions of workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our communities. For 20 years, Crossroads Hospice employees have provided compassionate care to patients at end-of-life. Across Crossroad Hospice’s footprint—in 11 regions and seven states—1,900 of our staff members cared for 11,996 patients and their families in 2014, providing 1,163,864 hours of care. Those are big numbers. But it comes down to one patient, and one Crossroads professional at a time.
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Complicated Grief: When to Seek Help

Grief is the normal and natural response to a loss of any kind. Symptoms like loneliness, fatigue, sadness and irritability are all part of the normal grief process. Grief is indicative of the love and connection felt toward the person who died. While painful and difficult, grief is a natural human response to loss. What, then, is meant by complicated grief? Furthermore, how can we tell when the normal pain of grieving has crossed into a realm of complicated grief, requiring professional support?
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The Lynn and Lynn Show Was a Hit for Hospice Patient

According to Richard Moore, the son of Crossroads Hospice patient Halcyon Lynn, his mother loves to sing and she loves to be the center of attention. So it should not have been surprising when her Crossroads Hospice caregivers at the Allen Morgan Health and Rehabilitation Center asked Halcyon what entertainment she might like as a Gift of the Day and she declared, “I am the entertainment.” And so she was.
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Healing Families at the End of Life

Tolstoy famously wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This is never more true than at the end of life. This is often when family issues that have been hidden come bursting out because it’s such a stressful time. Crossroads Hospice Support Services team members are there to help with families healing, if this occurs.
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