Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2016

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Gift of a Day Goes to the Dogs

Nothing 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.
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Hospice Nurse Duties: Getting Too Close To a Patient?

How 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.
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Suncatchers: Activities for Dementia Patients

Twenty 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.
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Gift of a Day: Veteran Gives Back

Carl 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.
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Partners in Care: Palliative’s Role in Assisted Living

Over 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.
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