Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - November 2019

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Gifts for a Loved One in a Long-Term-Care Facility

When a loved one is in assisted living, a thoughtful gift is a great way to show that you are thinking of them. However, gifts for someone in a long-term-care facility can be tricky because they don’t have a lot of space to store and display gifts.
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Hospice Patients

When a loved one is terminally ill, it’s natural to want to shower them with your love and support. But coming up with hospice gift ideas can still be a struggle. Gifts for hospice patients should demonstrate your love and an acknowledgement of their style and personality.
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What We're Thankful For

The staff, volunteers, and leadership team of Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We asked a few members of our team to share what they’re thankful for this year.
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Recommended Reading: Widows - Our Words and Ways

Barbara Kretchmar became a widow on March 6, 1990 when her husband Ed passed away from cancer, leaving her with two young sons to raise alone. At the time, she found support in friends and counsellors, but she longed to connect with other widows who could relate to her grief. But none existed at the time.
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Understanding Common Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes alone is not a terminal illness. In fact, when diabetes is well-managed through the right combination of diet, exercise, and medication, people with diabetes can lead a long, healthy life. However, when diabetes is poorly managed or combined with other conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking, complications can occur.
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Napkin Rings: Activities for Dementia Patients

As we approach Thanksgiving and other family holidays, it’s natural for families with a loved one with dementia to feel trepidatious about upcoming gatherings. They are thankful to be able to celebrate another holiday with their loved one, but they are also well aware that the noise, crowds, and change in routine can be upsetting to someone with dementia.
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