As a seasoned nurse, I have had the opportunity to witness profound changes in society and within healthcare itself. Some are very positive, some not so positive.
In this world of robust information, patients are becoming more informed and educated. Adapting and finding new ways of taking control of one’s health has dramatically impacted how to manage healthcare and ensure our self-determination is honored. However, as with most things, there is the potential for unforeseen fallout.
When a patient begins receiving hospice care, a medication review is one of the first things we do at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care. This review ensures that the patient is receiving the very best combination of medication for their current needs and goals.
Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care patient Jonathan Falitico, has been a huge Star Wars fan since he saw his first movie at the age of two. But he turned into an avid collector at the age of six, when he received two Imperial shuttles as Christmas presents – one is still in its original box. (Jonathan refers to it as his “retirement plan.”)
The loss of a loved one comes with an array of emotions and responsibilities. Aside from facing your own emotions and helping to support those around you, the role of finding a final resting place for the recently deceased can feel like another burden altogether.