National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16, the day after Tax Day. This is an important day that has been set aside to encourage people to ask themselves the question, “Who will speak for me if I cannot speak for myself?”
National Healthcare Decisions Day is about taking the time to create an advanced directive for healthcare decisions. Advanced directives, like a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or a Living Will, offer an opportunity to document who would speak for you regarding health care decisions if you were unable to speak for yourself.
When it comes to music, you couldn’t really call Ardena Kilet open minded. To the Crossroads Hospice patient from Bush City, Kansas, the field of music is pretty narrow. “There’s only one kind of music,” she said, during a Life Journals interview with a volunteer. “And that’s country music.”
Delivering a diagnosis of terminal cancer is one of the hardest parts of a doctor’s job.
For many patients, they tried to control the disease through chemotherapy and radiation. Every ounce of their being was focused on a cure. Then they get the news that the treatment isn’t working.
Join us during the week of April 13th to celebrate volunteerism and the one year anniversary of The Happiness Project. The Happiness Project matches volunteers’ hobbies and interests with patient companionship and office duties. In as little as 45 minutes a week, volunteers bring smiles to our patients and themselves! Since its inception, we've created more than 3,400 smiles a month.
They believe that they should fight for what’s right, that life’s hardships make them stronger, and that they can single-handedly change the world. The five recipients of our “Caring More Award” are truly exceptional social workers, who stand out in a field of selfless givers. Selected from 15 finalists, each of this year’s winners was recognized at a breakfast ceremony in her honor during National Social Work Month. Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, the winners received accolades and a crystal trophy, and Crossroads made a $500 donation to the non-profit of her choice.
Easter celebrations bring families together, but the change in routine can be upsetting for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. A dementia craft project can help to engage them in the plans for the day.