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Blog: Hospice Views

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Personal Remembrance for the Holidays

Throughout recorded time, people have used ceremony to help with acceptance of change. In our culture, we use the funeral ceremony to honor the deceased, while comforting the living. After the funeral, many of us continue to need help around Thanksgiving, Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, and significant occasions that bring back the feelings of grief. Personal remembrance ceremonies can be useful at these times. Although we are physically separated from our loved ones by death, we continue to feel a spiritual connection. While we gather the items needed and perform the observance, we remember the person and honor that connection. We release the energy and stress of the hurt we may have been holding.
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Pulmonary Disease: Have you seen this patient today?

Mrs. Zaron, age 81, has been treated for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) for many years. Recently, she complains about escalating anxiety and shortness of breath. In the past six months, she has been taken to theemergency roomtwice for these symptoms and each of these visits was 7-10 days in duration. One of these visits nearly resulted with her needing to be vented for pulmonary support.
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End-Stage Cardiac Disease: Have you seen this patient today?

Patients with end-stage cardiac disease can suffer immensely when this illness transitions from a chronic phase to a terminal one. Today we will look at one particular patient, who’s profile and needs make them a candidate for hospice care. Mr. Deitrick, age 67, suffers from congestive heart failure (CHF). Recently, he has become more symptomatic, requiring increasingly frequent visits to his physician as well as frequent changes in his medications to remove fluids. He is oxygen dependent, uses a walker for support, has plus four bilateral leg edema, and takes multiple rest periods in order to compensate for hisfatigue & shortness of breath. During a recent hospitalization for pneumonia, his wife asked the physician if she thought Mr. Detrick would be able to attend their grandson’s high school graduation. But, with Mr. Detrick in such a vulnerable state, the physician recommended against it.
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Keep Your Patients Home For The Holidays

Crossroads Hospice is helping terminally ill patients stay home for the holidays. It will not only help them, it will ease stress on families and physicians during this busy time. We will keep the patient pain and symptom free, allowing the family to have the quality time they need.
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Children and the grieving process

Children should be asinvolved in the grieving process as adults are, but caring adults should provide the proper supportfor the child’s grief. This support is important for the child’s healing, allowing them to reconcile their loss. Here are a few tips in guiding you through the grieving process with the little ones in your family.
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Profit vs. Non-Profit Healthcare

For-Profit and Non-Profit healthcare? What is the difference? Primarily, it is in the way they operate their business. State and Federal regulations, as well as various health care accreditations, do not differentiate between the two. For hospice providers, this means the patient is entitled to and receives the same level of care regardless of the profit status of the provider. Both organizations are reimbursed the same. This ensures the standard of care remains consistent regardless of the provider.