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Blog: Hospice Views - February 2016

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Five Quick Points About Congestive Heart Failure

Your eye flutters open. It's early in the morning, and you're awake, but you feel weak and don't want to leave the bed. You're thirsty, but getting up and pouring a glass of water takes some mental preparation. You know that if you do it, you'll be winded and tired by the time you get to the kitchen. Your whole body feels like a rock -- heavy, dense and hard to move.
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Spiritual Care is a Team Effort

Great hospice care requires excellent teamwork. Hospice exemplifies transdisciplinary care — a team approach wherein individual members have their own specialty. With this type of care, all members receive sufficient training from the other disciplines that enables them to recognize, to assess and to respond to needs across discipline lines. For example, addressing pain falls within the nurse’s discipline, yet all hospice team members can recognize and assess pain and then make the proper referral. The same holds true for spiritual care.
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Vote Now for Your Favorite Social Worker

As Americans, we love to vote, to choose our favorites. Crossroads Hospice is giving you your chance to vote for your favorite nominee as part of our Caring More Award Community Favorite. All the nominees are terrific social workers making a difference in their communities.
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Presidents with Heart Problems

Today, Presidents’ Day, marks the annual celebration of all U.S. presidents from the past, as well as the present. Originally, it was celebrated on the birthday of our first-ever president, George Washington: February 22. Today, it’s a day to celebrate his birthday, as well as remember the lives of the 44 presidents who have passed since.
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A Heart for Hospice: Volunteer Matchmakers

When someone fills out an application to volunteer as a Crossroads Hospice Ultimate Giver, they include a few notes about themselves -- their talents, jobs they've had or have, and what they enjoy. Recently, we came across an application that described an applicant as a retired Vietnam War Veteran who had free time in the afternoons. With those key details, our Volunteer Manager began to work her magic, matching him with a terminally-ill Veteran in his community who could use companion visits.
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