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Blog: Hospice Views

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Botanical Gardens Bring Spring Gift to Patient

Lydia Weiss has been waiting eagerly Spring’s arrival. She has always had a love for the change of seasons, especially when the bitter winds of winter give way to the light breezes of the warmer months. Unfortunately, as a hospice patient in Brecksville, OH, Weiss doesn’t have the opportunity to welcome the Spring by maintaining a garden of flowers as she once did.
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VOTE for Caring More Award Non-Profits

In March, it was our privilege to recognize 11 extraordinary social workers from our community as our Caring More Award winners. Learn about them by clicking here.

During National Social Work Month, the Caring More Award is presented to outstanding social workers who go above and beyond to improve lives through their work with patients and in the community. The award includes a $500 prize to the non-profit of the winner’s choice. We are always eager to learn about why each organization was selected. This year, we’ve launched an extra special part of the Caring More Awards—and we need YOUR help to make it a success.
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World War II Veteran Thanked With Memorial Tour on Gift of a Day

The men and women who contributed to our country’s World War II efforts are often referred to as “The Greatest Generation.” Their sacrifices in the name of protecting our freedoms are still seen as a gold standard of patriotism and service to others. This dedication to service is epitomized by John Atkinson, an 83-year-old resident of The Gardens at Barry Road Assisted Living in Kansas City.
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Capturing Lasting Memories

Life is a series of moments. Bob Fox makes those moments last forever. Through his work as a volunteer photographer for Crossroads Hospice, Bob ensures that memories aren’t fleeting.
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Caring for a Pediatric Hospice Patient

For patients of every age, a hospice nurse needs to know how to prioritize, think critically and assess situations carefully. Providing emotional support and being an educator and advocate for the patient and family is also key. These are things that can be taught through studies and lessons.
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Kansas City’s Mother Hen: Val Criswell Strives For More Through Social Work

Hospice is a philosophy of care that treats the person rather than the disease, and focuses on maintaining quality of life. Social workers go beyond tending to a patient’s physical symptoms, and are committed to addressing emotional and spiritual needs as part of the care team. Val Criswell, a ten-year veteran of Crossroads Hospice and the Director of Kansas City’s Emotional Spiritual Team, is an expert in serving patients through this holistic approach with the support of her dedicated team of social workers and chaplains.