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Blog: Hospice Views

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Understanding the Last Resort: Sedation

Take a second to think about the most pain you’ve ever experienced. You know, the kind of pain that puts black spots before your eyes; when you’re teetering on the brink of unconsciousness, and you want to cry and vomit at the same time. Maybe it was a sports injury. Maybe it was a broken knee. Maybe it was childbirth.
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61st Wedding Anniversary is Gift of a Lifetime

When Robert Collins met his wife decades ago, he never imagined celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary together. In fact, he couldn’t imagine making it to a major milestone just last year, feeling fortunate enough that his health allowed him to experience their 60th anniversary.
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On Call in a Patient’s Hour of Need

Being “on call” in a healthcare environment typically means being near the phone (and not far from the hospital or nursing facility) during evenings and weekends, waiting to respond to the needs of patients in distress. In hospice, being on call is similar in some ways, but very different in others.
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Green Goes Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s the time of year when city buildings turn their top lights pink; when fountains are dyed so they bubble pink foam; when football players don pink gloves and cleats every Sunday.
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From Cure to Comfort, the Role of Hospice Medical Director

Dr. Robert Burns was approached by Crossroads Hospice as the company opened its Memphis facility in the late ‘90s, with the hope that he would become the site’s first medical director. Based on his work as an internist geriatrician at local nursing homes and the recommendation of an administrator, Crossroads was confident that he would be the best fit as the site grew.
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Hospice Volunteer Gets Crafty

As a minister's daughter, and as a child, Wanda Kerstetter would go with her father to visit sick members of their congregation. She learned early on, “It’s just nice to be able to help someone.”