Posted on May 19, 2016 in Gift of a DayNothing makes ninety-year-old Rose Lamb smile like a visit from a friendly pooch. Even though Rose receives regular visits from a volunteer dog, her family requested that a dog be included in her Gift of a Day, so they could enjoy it with her.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2016
Posted on May 18, 2016 in Hospice EducationHow close is too close when it comes to getting to know your patients? According to Lauren Maxwell, a Clinical Director for Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Oklahoma City, the line can sometimes get a bit blurry since Crossroads nurses are, of course, always trying to provide the best possible care for their patients, as their hospice nurse duties advise they do.
Posted on May 17, 2016 in Dementia CraftsTwenty percent of those with dementia suffer from sundowning. This condition increases confusion, anxiety and agitation late in the day. Studies have shown that more active days — sunlight-filled days — can help reduce symptoms. This Suncatcher Craft is an engaging activity for dementia patients that will remind you to spend more time in the sun.
Posted on May 15, 2016 in Gift of a DayCarl Erickson is a Veteran of WWII where he served in the Navy. He then went on to serve in Korea in the Marines. Justifiably proud of his service, Carl has been a strong advocate for his fellow Veterans, participating in many events and parades to honor our military.
Posted on May 12, 2016 in Hospice EducationIt was 7:30 p.m. on a summer Saturday. In Lenexa, Kansas, Betty Martin, who lived in a skilled nursing facility, suddenly took a turn for the worse. It was clear to Betty’s nurse, Joan, that she was in pain, and Joan remembered conversations with Betty about her fear of pain. With a glance at her watch, Joan groaned.
Posted on May 10, 2016Over three-quarters of a million seniors are currently living in assisted living facilities. Most of these residents have some chronic health condition that could benefit from the support of palliative care in assisted living facilities. That support can mean the difference between staying in the residence of their choice versus in-patient hospital care.