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Blog: Hospice Views

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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.
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Winter Tips for Caregivers

Winter’s cold and ice can be a dangerous time for the elderly and/or infirm. TheAmerican Red Cross says that, “Older adults are at greater risk for cold injuries because the body’s ability to maintain a constant internal temperature decreases with age.” So this winter, don’t let Jack Frost bring snow and a visit to the hospital. Keep your loved one’s safe! Here are 5 tips to keep your loved ones safe throughout the season:
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Meet Music Lover and Ultimate Giver Jim Haney

When Volunteer Jim Haney was asked to be featured in our spotlight, he said; “I appreciate the spotlight, but I am just an average musician that likes music and playing.” Jim grew up in Hereford, Texas. He served 3 years in the United States Army, worked as an accountant for a year, and then was a small business owner of a golf cart franchise for fifteen years. For the past twenty five years, Jim has worked as an Information Technology System Analyst.
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The Community Blood Center In Kansas Needs YOUR Help!

Giving blood is more then just a good deed or a good gesture, it could save a life. In the spirit of giving, join Crossroads Hospice’s site in Kansas City andThe Community Blood Center next month to help ensure the KC area can support its medical needs. You may not know it, but Blood is ALWAYS needed – weekly donations of 3,000 units are required to meet the demands of the 70 hospitals within Kansas City. Many patients have received blood donations while on their journey to hospice, and many more while on hospice care. Not only is blood donation vital to the health of those in hospice care, but it is TRULY a gift of life.
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The Season of Giving

The holiday season is a time of year celebrated by many around the world. Ashura, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Santa Lucia Day, Las Posadas, Christmas, and Kwanzaa are all celebrated in December. So many of us gather together before the new year in a time of reflection and celebration. However you choose to celebrate with your loved ones, we do share much in common. I would like to share with you some of my experiences and wishes.