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Blog: Hospice Views

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Community Nurse Educator Judy Waechter: A Champion Connector

Finding the Perfect Fit Judy Waechter has never settled for a job that didn’t bring her joy and challenge her to take her skills to the next level. As a nurse, she tirelessly served patients, many with extreme medical conditions such as spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. She took on exciting opportunities in management as a healthcare executive, overseeing the way facilities delivered quality care. But Judy had not yet found the right fit and continued planning her next chapter.
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Life Journals: Helping Patients Leave a Legacy

Linda Powell just joined the Crossroads volunteer team in March, but she has always been passionate about helping others. She began volunteering at hospitals near her homes—her husband’s job forced the family to relocate often—while she was a stay-at-home mom. When the Powells settled in the Kansas City area, Linda went back to work as an accountant for the City of Lenexa where she also served as a member of their United Way committee. However, when she recently retired, she knew she wanted to start a new volunteer position.
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Patient Soars on “Gift of a Day”

Something inside of James Mullins has always been tempted by the extreme. An avid thrill-seeker, the West Virginia native and Veteran has even been skydiving to quench his thirst for exhilaration. At age 84, the hospice patient’s desire to break from the mundane is as strong as ever. When Crossroads Hospice gave Mullins the chance to spend his “Gift of a Day” however he wanted, he wasn’t going to play it safe. He wanted to capture that feeling of the unknown once again.
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Planning A Successful Holiday Meal When Your Family Member Has Dementia

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and build lasting memories. However, when someone in your family is suffering Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, it can be tricky to ensure that the festivities go smoothly. As a caregiver, you already have a lot on your plate and it can be difficult to organize a holiday event that lives up to what you see on Hallmark cards and TV specials.
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Hospice Is More Than a Place

George needed hospice care and as a prominent business man, city attorney and devoted father, he had very high standards. When we researched hospice care, the same sentiment echoed over and over again: “Crossroads is the best,” people told us. “They’re amazing at what they do!” said friends and colleagues with experience in hospice care. We knew that Crossroads was the ideal place for George. As I watched the Crossroads team care for George—the endless hours they stayed and kept him out of pain, the spiritual support and the comfort to me as his friend—I was amazed at the level of care provided to him in his home.