Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2017

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Apron Craft: Activities for Dementia Patients

Sharing a meal together is a beautiful part of family life. Unfortunately, when someone in the family has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, mealtime can be difficult. Matriarchs who delighted in cooking may no longer be able to prepare meals independently and, as dementia becomes more severe, they may even forget when and how to eat altogether.
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What Hospice Support is Available for Stroke Patients?

A stroke, or a cerebrovascular accident, occurs when blood flow is cut off to an area of the brain. The oxygen-starved brain cells begin to die, causing an individual to lose the abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory or muscle control.
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Nurses Week: Behind the Scenes With Crossroads Nurses

It takes a very special person to become a hospice nurse. At Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, we are very lucky to have some of the most dedicated and compassionate people in healthcare working to serve our patients. For Nurses Week, we sat down with a few of them to ask some of the most frequently asked questions about hospice nursing.
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Prayers for the Dying: A Prayer for Hospice Patients

As a hospice chaplain, I have the unique opportunity of sharing very meaningful experiences with patients. My primary role is to be a listener to a patient’s life story, addressing spirituality and faith as it is welcomed by the person I serve. As I come to know a patient’s faith tradition, I offer various practices that, hopefully, enhance that patient’s connection to what he or she considers divine.
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What is Comfort Care?

Even though everyone will eventually face death, it is a topic that many people avoid talking about directly. Indeed, there are a wide range of euphemisms for death and the care that goes along with it. People “pass away.” Pets are“put to sleep.” And in a person’s final days, physicians offer “comfort care.”
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