Posted on February 20, 2016 in Caregiving TipsYour 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.
Blog: Hospice Views - February 2016
Posted on February 19, 2016 in Hospice EducationGreat 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.
Posted on February 17, 2016As 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.
Posted on February 16, 2016 in Hospice EducationBuddhism was founded by a privileged prince in what is now Nepal. As an adult, he left the palace and witnessed firsthand people who suffered terribly. He wondered how anyone suffering like that could be happy.
Posted on February 15, 2016 in Caregiving TipsToday, 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.
Posted on February 14, 2016 in Happiness ProjectWhen 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.