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Blog: Hospice Views

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Hospice is Care for the Whole Family

When families contact hospice, they anticipate the benefits their terminally ill loved one will receive by having nurses and aides provide care in their home. What many families don’t realize until they invite hospice into their lives is the level of care that is offered to their entire family. It starts with nurses and aides. The additional support means that the family isn’t in this alone. Nurses answer questions and provide instruction on how to administer medications and use medical equipment. Aides give families a break from daily routine care activities like bathing, grooming and linen changes.
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Durable Power of Attorney: A Labor of Love

It’s a simple fact of life: No one likes talking about death—especially when it means planning for the inevitable future of a beloved family member. Health care professionals avoid mentioning wills and powers of attorney for the same reasons:
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Civic-Minded Spirit Drives Volunteer

It’s no secret that some volunteer positions are flashier than others. Playing music, writing life journals, sewing quilts: These are highly-visible positions that can garner a lot of attention. Other volunteer jobs, however, are quieter. They rely on the endless determination and reliability of dedicated volunteers who will do whatever is asked of them. Whether it’s filing or answering the phones, these simple tasks are absolutely vital to the mission of Crossroads—and these volunteers are just as important.
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Antique Car Show Is A Tune Up For Patient

Bill Farmer loves vintage automobiles. Seeing the polished chrome detailing, hearing the souped-up engines roar and feeling the restored upholstery of the classic machines brings a twinkle to his eye. Crossroads staff members note that the hospice patient is rarely seen without an antique automotive magazine in hand. For Farmer’s perfect day, they wanted to bring the real thing to his doorstep.
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Where Can I Receive Hospice Care? Home-Based vs. In-Patient Care

Hospice provides comprehensive, compassionate services to patients at the end of life in the most comfortable environment possible. It’s important to remember that hospice care is a philosophy, not a place. Services can be provided in a variety of settings based on the patient’s wishes and needs. In most, hospice is provided in the comfort of a patient’s home. Depending on the patient’s condition, these same services can also be provided in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and Medicare-approved hospice facilities.
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How Are Narcotics Used at the End of Life?

As a hospice nurse, I’ve encountered many misconceptions about how we treat our patients. One of the most frequent myths that I have had to dispel is about the use of narcotics in hospice. Many people don’t understand the rationale for using narcotics at the end of life. To some people, it seems acceptable to use narcotics if the patient has terminal cancer, but it is frowned upon if the patient has a non-malignant diagnosis such as dementia, stroke or congestive heart failure.