Posted on May 17, 2017 in Crossroads NewsAt least once a year, Americans take a moment to thank local peace officers for all they do in terms of community involvement – keeping us safe, protecting homes and businesses, and coming to the aid of citizens who are in need of assistance.
Blog: Hospice Views - 2017
Posted on May 16, 2017 in Dementia CraftsSharing 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.
Posted on May 11, 2017 in Caregiving TipsA 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.
Posted on May 10, 2017 in Hospice EducationIt 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.
Posted on May 4, 2017As 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.
Posted on May 3, 2017 in Caregiving TipsEven 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.”