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Blog: Hospice Views

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7 tips for living with COPD

Lung conditions, like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), touch all aspects of daily life, such as eating, bathing, housework, and socializing. Not being able to breath is very frightening, for the patient and for those present in the room. Frequently patients end up in the emergency room because of breathing problems. Daily monitoring goes a long way toward preventing such crises. But it requires effort on the part of the patient, and usually on the part of family members as well.
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What is Evenmore Care?

As an employee with Crossroads Hospice for 17 years, I have seen changes in the hospice industry. I have also seen amazing changes in Crossroads as well. As a registered nurse, my primary focus is clinical. With this said, I can honestly say that one of my favorite programs offered by Crossroads Hospice is our Evenmore Care program. Years ago, we realized there was a gap in the levels of care offered by hospice, and we wanted to bridge this gap. So, we implemented a unique program not “funded” by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Evenmore Care is offered to every patient and family member to ensure that ALL needs are met – regardless of how long it takes or that there isn’t a “financial” incentive to these services.
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Information at Your Fingertips

The Crossroads Hospice mobile app gives you quick and easy access to hospice criteria,locations, and contact information on both iPhone & Android devices. The app provides a simple interface for physicians to send referrals for patients in need of hospice care to Crossroads – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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The Importance of Grief Recovery Support

Loss is something that affects all of us at one time or another. Whether it is loss following death, divorce or unemployment; there is no reason anyone should have to make the journey alone. At Crossroads, we are doing MORE to help make sense of the many emotions that accompany such losses. We offer the Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program, led by our trained and certified Grief Recovery Specialists, to assist in the process of grieving.
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The ABCs of Avoiding Burnout

Caregivers are placed under an enormous amount of stress. Stress that is compounded sometimes by grueling hours, constant need of loved ones and families, and personal pain and heartbreak. Too much stress, to many hours, and not enough moments of clarity can lead to burn-out – and that isn’t good for anybody. It is important for all caregivers to keep themselves mentally healthy, so that they can provide for the needs of their charges. To avoidburn-out, trying to following these guidelines can prove to be beneficial.
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Who are Crossroads patients?

In the technical sense, Crossroads Hospice’s patients need to meet two criteria. First, the patient must be certified by two physicians with a prognosis of six months (or less) to live – if the disease runs its normal course. The second, is that the patient must choose palliative medicine instead of curative medical care.