Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2017

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Heat and Heart Disease: Summer Care Tips for Seniors

With summer comes many outdoor activities and opportunities for fun. It also means the rising of body temperatures, which causes the heart to pump blood faster to keep a person cool. For people with heart disease, it’s more important during summer than any other season to take extra care of their heart health.
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Up & Away: A Hot Air Balloon Gift of a Day

The wind was quiet in the pre-dawn hours, and Reta Warren’s Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care team got word that her Gift of a Day was a go. Weather conditions were ideal to make 96-year-old Reta’s life-long dream of a hot air balloon ride come true.
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Drug Abuse vs. the Need for Opioids in Pain Management

As you turn on the news in recent days, you would be hard pressed not to hear a story or a report on the opioid crisis in this country. Radio, TV, even social media are all covering this as an “epidemic.” Sadly, I heard that the CDC reported that 33,091 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2015, which is almost three times the number of people who died in 2002. In addition, overdose deaths had increased over 200% in the 2000’s and approximately 168,000 adolescents were addicted to “painkillers” in 2014 alone. These are terrifying statistics.
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What Happens To Your Pets After Death?

People don’t often consider the reality of their pets outliving them, simply because it’s most common for animals to depart first. But in the event that something happens to a pet owner, having accommodations in place for a furry friend will be sure to keep them safe and healthy for years to come.
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