Posted on March 8, 2017 in Hospice EducationWhen people envision healthcare at end of life, they typically think of the nurses and aides providing physical care such as checking vital signs, administering medication, and bathing. While those actions are vitally important, in hospice care, the whole patient is treated. This means giving equal attention to the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs.
Blog: Hospice Views - 2017
Posted on March 2, 2017 in Hospice EducationAs patients near the end of life, the signs and symptoms may differ depending on the illness they have. There are, however, some common signs that can be helpful for a caregiver to be aware of as the end approaches. When a patient is declining, one sign you may notice in particular is mottled skin before death.
Posted on March 1, 2017 in Dementia CraftsIrish or not, it can be lots of fun to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by planning activities for someone with dementia.
Posted on February 23, 2017 in Hospice EducationRecent studies continue to bare out the existence of racial disparities in end-of-life care. Statistics show that African Americans represent 12% of the U.S. population, but only about 8% of hospice patients. They also have a disproportionately higher rate of cancer and heart disease, which are among the top hospice diagnoses.
Posted on February 22, 2017 in Hospice EducationAlmost half of all families in the United States now choose cremation over a traditional burial. Despite this rising population, there are still many questions and misconceptions about the cremation process and, in particular, how to handle the cremated remains once they are received.
Posted on February 20, 2017 in Gift of a DayCrossroads Hospice & Palliative Care patient Linda Cooper is a serious George Strait fan. His music seems to always be playing in her house. Yet, she’s never seen him live. She’s also a serious traveler. In fact, she’s visited all 50 states. Yet , somehow in all her travels, she never made it to Vegas. Her Gift of a Day was the perfect chance to make both of these dreams come true.