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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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Recommended Reading: A Beginner’s Guide to the End

One of the great truths of life is that no one lives forever. Yet no one wants to talk about it. A Beginner’s Guide to the End by BJ Miller, MD and Shoshana Berger pushes past the stigmas and misconceptions to offer practical advice on how to prepare for death before the reader ever receives a diagnosis for themselves or a loved one.
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Patients: Speak Your Truth

In her 2018 Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey said, “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” This is especially true when your health is at stake. Your medical team can’t give you all the help you need if they can’t see the full picture.
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Tactile Stimulation Pillow: Activities for Dementia Patients

Sensory stimulation has been shown to benefit patients with dementia. In particular, studies have shown that tactile stimulation can increase feelings of trust and relaxation in patients with dementia while giving caregivers a positive way to interact with their patient or loved one.
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Every Patient is Special

In hospice and palliative care, we never know who our patients will be. Kasey Hilliard, Director of Outreach Programs for the Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, recently shared, “As some of you may know, Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Lenexa, KS had the opportunity to care for someone well known.  A celebrity.  Little did the caregivers in Lenexa know at the time what would be the outcome of the great care they gave.  The family asked for donations be made to the  Crossroads Kids Camp.”
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Body Positivity for Cancer & Palliative Care Patients

Embracing and loving one’s body, despite its imperfections or changing conditions, is the idea behind body positivity. Once a fringe social movement that began in the 1960s as a way to challenge societal norms around body types, this concept has now become so mainstream that it’s the inspiration behind countless television commercials, ad campaigns, and social media hashtags.
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