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Blog: Hospice Views - February 2017

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Addressing Racial Disparities in End-of-Life Care

Recent 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.
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3 Things to Know About Scattering Ashes

Almost 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.
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Patient heads Strait to Vegas for Magical Gift of a Day

Crossroads 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.
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When Is Hospice Called?

If a person is in a situation that has them asking “when is hospice called?” the answer is likely now. Studies continue to show that many terminally ill patients are not referred to hospice until the final week of life. This delay means that both patients and caregivers struggle to control symptoms and pain on their own. Meanwhile, help is just a phone call away.
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