Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - July 2017

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Seven Ways to Maintain Patient Dignity at End of Life

One of the greatest fears people have about dying is losing their sense of dignity and independence. Fortunately, the hospice care philosophy is built around respecting the patient and their wishes, providing each individual with the highest quality of life for however many days they have remaining. Maintaining patient dignity at end of life is paramount.
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Non-Slip Socks: Activities for Dementia Patients

Falls are the leading cause of injuries in all older adults. Furthermore, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are twice as likely to suffer a fall and three times more likely to break a hip compared to those without dementia.
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A Swimmingly Colorful Day at the Cleveland Aquarium

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care patient Russell Milkovich has always loved his fish – their bright, glistening colors, the way they move, the peace and tranquility that they provide as they swim in the tanks that he has kept since he was young.
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Finding the Words: What to Say to Someone Grieving

In the event that a loved one passes away, it’s become commonplace to send cards with phrases such as: • “I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.” • “Thinking of you in these difficult times” • “Our hearts go out to you and your family.”
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Understanding End-of-Life Visions

When reading about signs and symptoms of end of life, there are many clinical descriptions: changes in breathing, mottling, decreased intake of fluid and food. One sign often stands out as being decidedly not clinical: visions before death. Yet, if you ask anyone working in end-of-life care about this, they’ll assure you that it is a common occurrence.
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