Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Irma Holmon

Music is a huge and powerful part of everyone’s life. It’s there during first dates, weddings, births, birthdays and funerals, making the emotions of the moment audible. One of our volunteers, Irma Holmon, knows the power of music and has been kind enough to entertain our patients with her singing.
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The Dementia Experience

According to theAlzheimer’s Association, over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Despite the prevalence of the disease, it’s still a challenge for many people to understand what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kara Barnett

Kara Barnett is a Reiki practitioner, helping people heal through Japanese techniques for stress reduction and relaxation. She had spent her last three years as a Reiki practitioner working with cancer survivors in the Philadelphia area, and felt it was time to expand her practice, but didn’t know how.
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At-A-Glance: Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder, which causes difficulty with movement. A chronic and progressive illness, symptoms continue and worsen over time. There are nearly one million people in the U.S.living with Parkinson’s disease, according to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Despite decades of study, the exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown and there is currently no cure. However, there are treatment options available including medications, therapies and surgery to minimize the symptoms and improve quality of life.
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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.”