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Blog: Hospice Views

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Staff Spotlight: Irene Rifkin, RN – Assistant Clinical Director

A Voice for Patients: Irene Rifkin, Assistant Clinical Director of Crossroads Hospice in Plymouth Meeting, was driven to become a nurse and to follow in her mother’s footsteps. “My mother was my greatest inspiration. She earned her GED and went to nursing school in her mid-forties. Hearing about the way she cared for patients made me want to do the same.”
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Happy National Doctors’ Day

Today is National Doctors’ Day, a day to recognize the contributions that physicians make to our community every day. Physicians and medical professionals are constantly seeking better medical solutions to heal their patients; dedication that requires a lifetime, and can impact future generations.
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Patient Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

Acclaimed author and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, once said, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Crossroads Hospice patient, Virginia Mudd, knew that ache all too well. She longed to visit her hometown but, due to illness, Virginia was unable go anywhere for years – growing more and more homesick.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Jeanne Smith

After the passing of her husband, Jeanne Smith knew firsthand the grief that comes with such a significant loss. As she worked through her own mourning process, she decided to help others experiencing a similar heartache:she joined Crossroads Hospice as a volunteer.
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Saving Special Moments: The Family Life Journal

At Crossroads, we help families remember the happy moments in life by recording them in what we call a “Life Journal.” A Life Journal is a special gift that patients give to family members recounting life experiences, offering advice, and expressing love. The patient works with a Crossroads volunteer to collect unique life stories and photographs, pulling together irreplaceable memories into one volume that the family can treasure for years to come.