Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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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.”
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Contestant on NBC’s The Voice has a Heart for Hospice

Tonight, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the new season of The Voice. They’re hunting for the best singers in the country, but here at Crossroads Hospice, we will be cheering for just one voice: James David Carter.
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Crafting with Dementia Patients: Cheerio Bird Feeders

Dementia is a devastating symptom that slowly makes a person fade away, little by little. Having a loved one with dementia is a difficult adjustment.

As a caregiver, you’re challenged with keeping a loved one with dementia stimulated, socially engaged and happy with life. A simple craft can grab your loved one’s attention and keep them engaged. Plus, studies have shown that cognitive stimulation can actually slow the decline of dementia in early stages.