Posted on November 7, 2016 in Real Heroes Wear Dog TagsAt Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, every day is Veterans Day. Throughout the year, we recognize the sacrifices that the men and women of the United States armed forces have made to defend our nation.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2016
Posted on November 4, 2016As a social worker who specializes in palliative care, I am always looking for the next best thing to offer patients who are living with a chronic and potentially life-limiting illness. Those resources surround the goals of managing or limiting symptoms, providing support and helping individuals live the fullest and highest quality lives possible. Most people associate the treatment of symptoms with medication and keeping someone comfortable. This may very well be the case for many illnesses, and their related symptoms, but I recently had my whole perspective turned upside down in regard to treating symptoms of one particular chronic illness: Parkinson’s disease.
Posted on November 4, 2016 in Caregiving TipsChronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, is a condition affecting the lungs from which more than 11 million people in the U.S. are currently dealing with. Being a disease that gets worse over time, these patients can often find their condition ending with hospice as it progresses to end-stage COPD.
Posted on November 2, 2016As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, how healthcare service providers communicate with one another is a key issue. Electronic records, telemedicine and even smartphone apps are becoming commonplace as doctors and their staff look for new ways to improve on patient care, monitoring and follow-up.
Posted on November 2, 2016 in Crossroads NewsIn a world where every single one of us will one day die, death and end-of-life care is often shrouded in myth and mystery. We speak in euphemisms, not wanting to consider our own mortality or that of the people we love the most. It’s understandable; but this reluctance to discuss death often leads us to miss out on support that would greatly improve the quality of life in our remaining days.
Posted on November 1, 2016 in Hospice EducationOver the course of this year, we've introduced you to the superheroes who provide care for our hospice patients. While you may only see them one at a time, they actually work as a team to provide different elements essential to whole patient care.