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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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5 Ways Physicians Can Give the Gift of Comfort This Holiday Season

The holidays—no matter which ones you celebrate—are a time for festivity and family. That’s why it can be hard when you’re working with a terminally ill patient. Everyone wants to be home for the holidays—and enjoy being there. Crossroads Hospice helps patients and families experience less stress and more quality time all year round, but at this very special time of year, we know how important it is for families to be together. Healthcare providers can give the gift of comfort by referring their terminally ill patients to Crossroads. Top 5 reasons why Crossroads Hospice is good for the holidays:
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At-A-Glance: December is AIDS Awareness Month

Today marks the beginning of AIDS Awareness Month, a key opportunity to remind ourselves of the dangers posed by the disease, to celebrate victories in combating against the illness and to remember those that have suffered and continue to suffer from HIV and AIDS. Throughout December, organizations across the world will join together to educate, commemorate and work toward a cure.
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Community Nurse Educator Sherry White: A Compassionate Communicator

Social work and counseling were early career choices for Sherry White, but after several years caring for seniors in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, she took a cue from encouraging co-workers and pursued her passion for nursing. With the degree under her belt, Sherry began to climb the career ladder from floor nurse to director of nursing. With a knack for managing teams, Sherry was often tasked with administrative roles, but found herself searching for more.
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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.