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Blog: Hospice Views

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Why Didn’t You Refer Your Patient to Hospice?: What Doctors Need to Know Before Avoiding the “H” Word

Many healthcare workers fail to realize that a hospice recommendation does not desert the patient. Despite years of education and experience, doctors still do not know the truth about hospice. While everyone has heard the adage “death is a part of life,” we reject the idea of a terminal illness until it becomes “real.” This common, natural response tends to prolong an unfortunate process to death. All too often, it prevents patients from receiving hospice care in time.
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A Nurse’s Perspective: Is It Too Early for Hospice?

The time comes when all of us must face death. It may come quickly and unexpectedly. Or it could come as a diagnosis of a terminal illness, giving us more time to consider and process end-of-life care.

Many people have the misconception that hospice is only for the actively dying and that choosing hospice means giving up hope. Maybe they are afraid to let go because then it means it could happen to them. Maybe they are afraid that choosing comfort care only can mean choosing death.

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Samantha Schmidt and Rocket Are a Winning Team

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. Some even come in pairs or with four legs. Samantha Schmidt and her pup Rocket are one of our most unique volunteer teams.

Samantha’s interest in hospice grew from her previous work as a CNA. She saw hospice volunteers in action at the facility and admired how they were able to spend quality time with a patient. They were friendly and warm, and she knew when things slowed down in her hectic life, she would be one of those volunteers.

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Certified Nursing Assistants Provide Constant Comfort & Care

When a patient enters hospice care, questions about support often arise:

  • “Who will be their direct caregiver?”

  • “Will all of their needs be met?”

  • “Will they be comfortable?”

These concerns are extremely common. Caregivers always need reassurance that their loved ones are in capable hands. It is the job of medical professionals to provide the information and support that they need to feel secure with their decision to put a family member in hospice.
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A Support to All: Pam Henderson Nurses Patients, Families and Staff

We are happy to announce Pam Henderson as the winner of the inaugural PJ Storley Memorial Nursing Recognition Award. PJ was a woman of strong character who dedicated her life as a registered nurse for Crossroads Hospice in Oklahoma City. She worked holidays, weekends, on call, and after hours. She would do any job that needed to be done. She loved her family, her friends, and her patients. Sadly, PJ died in March 2014 after a short terminal illness. Last May, PJ herself won the Staff Spotlight award and it is fitting that Pam Henderson receive the first award named in PJ’s memory. PJ was an inspiration to us all. To read PJ’s story, visit: http://blog.crossroadshospice.com/nurse-case-manager-staff-spotlight-pamela-pj-storley-rn/.

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Voices of Caregiving: Sisters Share: Caregiving By Committee Lightens the Load

Denise Bynum and Debi Clark are caregivers through and through. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the sisters both became nurses in the area. Denise decided to work for Crossroads Hospice, a decision that became all the more significant to her and her family when the sisters’ roles as caregivers took an unexpected turn. Five years ago, their mother Vira, who they know as “meemah,” began to exhibit symptoms of vascular dementia. In the past year, their stepfather – “peepah” – has begun to suffer from dementia, too. The couple has been together for over two decades and the last thing the daughters wanted was for them to be separated or have to leave their home, so they took on the caregiving responsibilities themselves.