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Blog: Hospice Views - May 2016

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The Buck Stops With This Gift of A Day

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, and Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care patient Neil Sammon declared him as his "favorite president." For his Gift Of A Day, he wanted to tour the Truman Library and the City Of Independence where Truman had lived.
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School’s Out! Calling All Students To Volunteer

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care seeks compassionate volunteers to provide comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally-ill patients and their families. Crossroads welcomes student volunteers who are 16 years or older to donate time to hospice volunteering.
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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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