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Blog: Hospice Views

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Cancer Patient Uses “Gift of a Day” to Inspire

Prentiss Moody is the type of man who never gives up. The 62 year-old hospice patient has been diagnosed with cancer, a disease he fights day in and day out with everything he’s got. When Crossroads Hospice asked him how he would spend his perfect day, he did not think about how he might use it on himself. He decided, instead, to take the opportunity to help others like him.
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Inspiring Care: Veronica Evans and Her Band of Volunteers Are the Heart of Crossroads

Crossroads Hospice wouldn’t be able to provide the services and programs it does if it weren’t for the selfless, dedicated volunteers who support its work every day. In fact, the hospice industry is required by Medicare to have five percent of its operating hours conducted by volunteers. That’s why people like Veronica Evans are such valuable members of the Crossroads team.
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What Is It About the “H” Word…

Hospice can be a tremendously comforting and transforming presence in a terminally ill person’s life — and in the lives of those who accompany them on the journey. But sometimes misperceptions about the “H” word — its role and purpose — may delay, or even prevent, a person and their loved ones from experiencing its many benefits.
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Voices of Caregiving: To Fulfill the Promise of Care

Don Ramer first met Regenia in 1952. They lived in a small town in Arkansas and after a few years of dating, decided to get married. They moved to Memphis, Tennessee where Don worked in the appliance repair business and the couple raised their two daughters. They built a life together and enjoyed years of love and happiness, promising they would always be there for one another. Eventually, that meant a new role for Don.
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Retiree Makes the Most of his Time

Most people think of retirement as a time to slow down and relax. Not Don Twellman. When he stopped selling cars, he used his newfound free time to become a full-time volunteer. Don spends four days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. volunteering at his church. With his remaining time, he splits his hours between St. Luke’s Hospital and Crossroads Hospice.
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Minds Matter: How Dementia Patients Can Benefit From Hospice

Dementia is hard in so many ways on so many people. It’s frustrating, scary and emotionally draining for the people who have it, for their families and for their caregivers.

As hard as it is for everyone involved when dementia patients can’t express themselves or remember a loved one’s name, the most frustrating thing about the disease—and the scariest—is that these mental slips are only part of a disease that sadly can’t be cured.