Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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End-Stage Parkinson’s: What to Expect

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes dopamine levels to drop. When most people think about the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, they picture tremors, muscle stiffness, slow movement, and loss of balance. These symptoms are present in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
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Big Band Memories for Crossroads Patient

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care patient Mary McMahon, 92, has been a fan of Big Band and Swing music since she was young. During World War II, on almost a weekly basis, she and her girlfriends would hop a streetcar to downtown Cleveland and head for the old Palace Theater to see the newest acts. She’s seen some of the biggest – Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman. In fact, she says one of the biggest moments in her life was the time she received tap dance lessons from Gene Kelly!
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On Doctors Day, Paying Tribute to Primary Care Doctors

Lewis and Clark had nothing on today’s healthcare consumer. The labyrinth that is the modern U.S. healthcare system can be every bit as challenging and impenetrable as the early wilderness the intrepid explorers traversed.
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What is Burial Insurance?

While figures vary geographically, the average cost of a funeral in the United States is now close to $11,000. This includes services at the funeral home, burial in a cemetery, and the installation of a headstone. These costs can create added shock and financial hardship for grieving families at an already emotionally difficult time. Burial insurance is a type of life insurance designed to help cover these costs.
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Why Do People Choose Hospice?

When we ask families why they’re calling us, we often hear it’s because a doctor told them there was nothing left to do. Too often, we hear this when their loved one has just days left to live. Even more often, we hear that families didn’t realize their loved one could have taken advantage of hospice services earlier.