Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2017

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Non-Slip Socks: Activities for Dementia Patients

Falls are the leading cause of injuries in all older adults. Furthermore, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are twice as likely to suffer a fall and three times more likely to break a hip compared to those without dementia.
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A Swimmingly Colorful Day at the Cleveland Aquarium

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care patient Russell Milkovich has always loved his fish – their bright, glistening colors, the way they move, the peace and tranquility that they provide as they swim in the tanks that he has kept since he was young.
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Finding the Words: What to Say to Someone Grieving

In the event that a loved one passes away, it’s become commonplace to send cards with phrases such as: • “I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.” • “Thinking of you in these difficult times” • “Our hearts go out to you and your family.”
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Understanding End-of-Life Visions

When reading about signs and symptoms of end of life, there are many clinical descriptions: changes in breathing, mottling, decreased intake of fluid and food. One sign often stands out as being decidedly not clinical: visions before death. Yet, if you ask anyone working in end-of-life care about this, they’ll assure you that it is a common occurrence.
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Remembering Dame Cicely Saunders: Founder of Hospice

For many in the modern hospice movement, the name Dame Cicely Saunders carries a level of respect akin to that of Florence Nightingale or Clara Barton. Saunders is widely regarded as a key founder of modern hospice programs as well as one of the first leading advocates for palliative care to help ensure patients with terminal illnesses are treated with compassion and respect.
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