Posted on May 15, 2016 in Gift of a DayCarl 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.
Blog: Hospice Views - May 2016
Posted on May 12, 2016 in Hospice EducationIt was 7:30 p.m. on a summer Saturday. In Lenexa, Kansas, Betty Martin, who lived in a skilled nursing facility, suddenly took a turn for the worse. It was clear to Betty’s nurse, Joan, that she was in pain, and Joan remembered conversations with Betty about her fear of pain. With a glance at her watch, Joan groaned.
Posted on May 10, 2016Over 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.
Posted on May 8, 2016 in Gift of a DayIt's a bittersweet Mother's Day for the Kennedy family in Kansas City, MO. Their mother Wilma is currently a patient with Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care. Dealing with a dying parent can be an emotional time, but this family is using their time together to celebrate all that their mother has done for them.
Posted on May 7, 2016 in Coping with GriefEvery May, many people face Mother’s Day having a deceased mom. The day can be difficult for some people. Sharing messages and stories can help change this holiday from a time of grieving to one of warm remembrance.
Posted on May 6, 2016Volunteer Susie Curtis and little Pomeranian Twinkie are on a mission. Susie had been living in St. Louis and working as a teacher when she found out her mother needed to go into a nursing home. Susie quit her job and moved to New York to spend the remainder of her mom's life taking care of her. About five years ago, Susie's mother passed away from dementia.