Posted on November 30, 2016 in Coping with GriefThe anticipatory grief of imagining life without your loved one may be as painful as the actual loss. Understanding the emotions can help.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - November 2016
Posted on November 22, 2016 in Caregiving TipsWhen a patient approaches end-of-life, there are often a number of daunting things their hospice provider can help them through: walking, breathing, overcoming confusion and simply the idea that they are approaching end of life.
Posted on November 18, 2016 in Caregiving TipsWhen most people hear the word “dementia,” they immediately picture a person with a fading memory; a person who may wander off or forget the names of loved ones. What many people fail to recognize is that dementia is a fatal condition – even without the added complication of a secondary illness or infection.
Posted on November 17, 2016 in Dementia CraftsLet's talk turkey. Thanksgiving can be a beautiful time for families to gather together. It can also be a challenging time for families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
Posted on November 16, 2016 in Hospice EducationThe numbers are sobering. Two out of every three cigarette smokers will die from the habit – from cancer, heart disease or other smoke-related illnesses. The CDC states that the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. But once you’re already sick, does it really matter if you still smoke?
Posted on November 15, 2016 in Real Heroes Wear Dog TagsLinzy Laughhunn is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, serving as Wing Chaplain for the 192nd Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base. Last week, he joined Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care to perform Veteran Recognition Ceremonies for Veterans in long-term-care facilities in the St. Louis area. Each ceremony was incredibly moving. He shared a few of his experiences with us.