Posted on June 29, 2017 in Gift of a DayThe wind was quiet in the pre-dawn hours, and Reta Warren’s Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care team got word that her Gift of a Day was a go. Weather conditions were ideal to make 96-year-old Reta’s life-long dream of a hot air balloon ride come true.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - June 2017
Posted on June 28, 2017As you turn on the news in recent days, you would be hard pressed not to hear a story or a report on the opioid crisis in this country. Radio, TV, even social media are all covering this as an “epidemic.” Sadly, I heard that the CDC reported that 33,091 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2015, which is almost three times the number of people who died in 2002. In addition, overdose deaths had increased over 200% in the 2000’s and approximately 168,000 adolescents were addicted to “painkillers” in 2014 alone. These are terrifying statistics.
Posted on June 22, 2017 in Caregiving TipsPeople don’t often consider the reality of their pets outliving them, simply because it’s most common for animals to depart first. But in the event that something happens to a pet owner, having accommodations in place for a furry friend will be sure to keep them safe and healthy for years to come.
Posted on June 21, 2017 in Hospice Education“It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” When I read this quote, it reminds me of the staff at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care and how wonderful my experience as a hospice social work intern has been with them thus far. But before I dive into detail about my hospice internship experience, let’s start with the basics.
Posted on June 15, 2017 in Hospice EducationHospice aides have a truly unique calling to serve. In a patient’s final weeks, days, and hours, it is the hospice aide who spends the most time with the patient. They provide personal care including bathing, dressing, and grooming. These hardworking and compassionate individuals provide this care with a focus on maintaining patient dignity.
Posted on June 14, 2017 in Hospice EducationSome of the most memorable post-World War II images involve Americans joyfully celebrating the end of the war. Who can forget the famous shot of the “Kissing Sailor” and the anonymous nurse celebrating the end of the war in Times Square? Or the ticker tape parades welcoming the troops home from Europe and the Pacific?