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Blog: Hospice Views

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Volunteer Spotlight: Warrensburg’s Dynamic Duo

For this week’s volunteer spotlight, we head southeast of Kansas City to the comfortable confines of Warrensburg, MO. It is here that you will find the husband and wife volunteer team of Richard and Peggy Dudley. Richard and Peggy have been married for 19 years. Richard is retired after 21 years in the Army and 18 years working as a contractor, training Army personnel. Peggy retired as the financial manager of a produce company in southern California. They moved back to Warrensburg and bought the family farm. They have six kids, nine grandchildren and two adopted miniature schnauzers.
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Addressing End-Of-Life Care

Addressing the needs for hospice and end-of-life care with patients and their families is never easy. Sometimes, these conversations are impossible to begin for even the most-seasoned physician or nurse.
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Honoring a Veteran Family

The Crossroads Veteran’s Recognition Program is designed to acknowledge and recognize our veteran patients. Recently, we had the privilege of caring for Navy veteran Frank Bahr who served in the Korean War. His Crossroads team wanted to make his Veteran’s Recognition ceremony extra special for him, so they put together a party where his whole family could celebrate his service.
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Everyone Needs A Sense Of Hope

When giving a diagnosis that a cure is not possible, that does not mean that the patient must be stripped of all hopes. In fact, it’s the exact opposite, because hope is vitally important in maintaining a happy and quality of life even during those hard times. This simply means that patients and families need assistance in focusing on realistically achievable goals and that is where Crossroads Hospice comes in.
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Adult Failure to Thrive

This week, we celebrate Healthy Weight Week. When most people hear this, they think: “weight loss.” Unfortunately, as a hospice professional, I see many patients that lose weight unintentionally.
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Life Journals: A Patient Shares their Story

Crossroads Hospice Life Journals are a Gift of Blessings and Gratitude from a dying patient to the family she loves. The journal chronicles the history, events, and blessings of a person’s life. Recent patient Mary Jaime jumped at the opportunity to share her life in journal as a gift to her family. She talked about her childhood, her beloved husband Joe, her family and the travels that they enjoyed. Mary Jaime loved life! She and her husband loved to dance. Mary’s Hispanic heritage was important to her, and mariachi music and Mexican food were always on the top of her list of ways to have fun.