Posted on July 18, 2019 in Voices of CaregivingNo one ever wants cancer to touch their family. It can be a painful journey through chemotherapy, radiation, and reoccurrence. However, there can also be moments of great joy in the face of such adversity. The Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care Gift of a Day program has given patients and their families facing cancer some beautiful end-of-life stories.
Blog: Hospice Views - July 2019
Posted on July 17, 2019 in Dementia CraftsGardening is a wonderful, stress-reducing activity for a loved one with dementia that provides exercise and mental stimulation benefiting both them and their caregivers. By working in the garden together, family caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s can improve their connection and level of engagement.
Posted on July 16, 2019 in Voices of CaregivingAs patients reach the end of life's journey, there are many unexpected feelings and occurrences that can arise for them, their caregivers, and their loved ones. Terminal lucidity is an end-of-life phenomenon that has left many families and caregivers puzzled.
Posted on July 11, 2019 in Voices of Caregiving“The moments we share are the memories we keep forever.” If you had one year left to live, how would you spend it? What about one month? Or one week? When most people are asked this question, they don’t talk about finishing up a project at work or buying new furniture. They talk about spending time doing what they love with the people that mean the most to them.
Posted on July 10, 2019 in Hospice EducationSkin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with one in five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime. The most common skin cancers are basal cell skin cancers and squamous cell skin cancers. Both tend to appear in sun-exposed areas, especially the head and neck, and both respond well to treatment and rarely spread to other parts of the body. The most dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma.
Posted on July 2, 2019 in Hospice EducationOn Independence Day, our thoughts turn to freedom and the liberties we enjoy as Americans. But someone facing a terminal illness may feel anything but free. They may fear losing their independence, dignity, and freedom of choice to their illness. Or that their illness has robbed them of the ability to make decisions about their medical care. These are fairly common misconceptions about hospice and palliative care. At Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, we know this couldn’t be farther from the truth.