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Blog: Hospice Views

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Non-Profit vs. For-Profit Hospices: What Is the Difference?

Each November during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, organizations across the country raise awareness about the many benefits of this philosophy of care and the important factors patients and families should consider when choosing a provider. All patients will have the option to select a for-profit or non-profit hospice. It’s important to understand the similarities and differences between the two types of providers.
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A Veteran’s Special Project for His Family

You could say that military service is in Dennis Worthen’s blood. Not only did his father serve this country for three decades, his uncles were also in the military for more than 25 years each. Dennis has a huge respect for the members of the armed services and knew he wanted to give back to that community. Because of Crossroads’ large Veteran community, Dennis was able to act on this passion through his volunteer work with us. When he joined our Cincinnati location last June, he immediately jumped in to assist in any way possible.
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Avoidable Hospital Readmissions: The Role of Hospice and Palliative Care Providers

As the Affordable Care Act shapes the future of patient care in the United States, the issue of healthcare’s “revolving door,” or avoidable hospital readmissions, continues to take a front seat in the national conversation. Rehospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries has become a top priority for both policymakers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as hospitals feel added pressure to help patients remain at home.
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The 7 Commandments of Spiritual Care

Every life is filled with blessings and hardships, love and loss, goals achieved and expectations left unfulfilled. Throughout a patient’s decline, the role of the chaplain is to help the terminally ill reach a place of gratitude for a life well lived. At Crossroads Hospice, chaplains provide emotional comfort and spiritual care to our patients. Chaplains also offer grief support to patients’ families, who are coping with the reality of losing their loved one. Built on a relationship of trust and respect, the following are the guidelines I use when providing end-of-life spiritual care.