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Blog: Hospice Views

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What are the Symptoms of End-Stage Kidney Disease?

End-stage kidney disease, also called renal disease, occurs when the kidneys are so badly damaged that the patient cannot survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant. When a patient chooses to end dialysis treatments, Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care provides supportive care to keep the patient comfortable and control end-stage kidney failure symptoms.
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Unique Care: Spiritual & Emotional Needs in Hospice

When people envision healthcare at end of life, they typically think of the nurses and aides providing physical care such as checking vital signs, administering medication, and bathing. While those actions are vitally important, in hospice care, the whole patient is treated. This means giving equal attention to the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs.
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Mottled Skin Before Death: What Is It?

As patients near the end of life, the signs and symptoms may differ depending on the illness they have. There are, however, some common signs that can be helpful for a caregiver to be aware of as the end approaches. When a patient is declining, one sign you may notice in particular is mottled skin before death.
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Addressing Racial Disparities in End-of-Life Care

Recent studies continue to bare out the existence of racial disparities in end-of-life care. Statistics show that African Americans represent 12% of the U.S. population, but only about 8% of hospice patients. They also have a disproportionately higher rate of cancer and heart disease, which are among the top hospice diagnoses.