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Blog: Hospice Views

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Patient Gives Back on “Gift of a Day”

Acts of kindness are as steeped in holiday tradition as eggnog and carolers, but the compassion of a dedicated individual can stand out as a shining example of selflessness, even in a season dedicated to giving. Bob Wertenberger, a Crossroads patient in Foxwood Springs, has such compassion. When asked to plan his “Gift of a Day,” a day that patients can spend however they want, Wertenberger chose to do something he’s done his whole life – give back.
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Recognizing Compassion Fatigue

It comes on suddenly: a burst of irritability and depression. You lose your sense of humor and ability to concentrate. You feel emotionally empty–like you’ve hit a brick wall. And sometimes, you’re angry and frustrated by all the things and people in your life, including the loved ones who need you most.
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You Get What You Give

“Hospice has a stigma because it comes at the end of life, but it’s really an acceptance of the end of life. We’re all connected to it. We will all eventually die. My experience with hospice made me want to live a better life and do the things I’ve been afraid to do.” — Molly Jones, volunteer
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Removal of Life Support: Crossroads Ventilator Withdrawal Program

When someone you love is terminally ill and on life support, the decision to remove them from a ventilator is a difficult one. Most patients are on a ventilator because they have difficulty breathing, and families are very fearful that removing life support will cause their loved one to experience discomfort—or worse, to gasp for air. The truth is that if the ventilator withdrawal is managed well, the patient should not experience any of those. Sarah Giron, the Crossroads of Cincinnati Hospice Hospital Liaison states, “Transitioning a patient home to prepare for a vent withdrawal is a process accomplished only by teamwork.”
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Halloway’s “Gift of a Day” Is A Big Win

Dwight Halloway grew up in the town of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, less than one hour away from the infamous “Horseshoe” stadium – home to Ohio State’s storied football program. His passion for the Buckeyes took root there when he was a child and now at age 91, Halloway is as big a fan as ever.
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A Decade of Volunteer Service

When Betty Thompson’s mother was ill, she turned to hospice to help provide care. “They were so good with her,” she remembers. Once she retired, she was looking for a way to give back and came across a blurb in the local paper about volunteering with Crossroads Hospice.