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Hospices Now Offering Legacy Therapy - CompassionCare Hospice

Serious therapist listening to her talking patient at therapy session

Reflecting on memories and things we did throughout our lifetime is something most everyone does as they near the end. We can look at pictures, listen to particular songs, or tell stories to recall the past. Hospice services offer support to patients and families for these particular types of things-some now adding “Legacy Therapists” to their… Read more »


Personal Care Services - CompassionCare Hospice

Young happy doctor giving support to his elderly patient.

While hospice services provide clinical support, there are other types of services that individuals and families also seek-one of those is Personal Care Assistance, also known as PCA services. PCA services are a type of home care services that help people with their non-medical health needs so that they can remain independent rather than relocating… Read more »


Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late - CompassionCare Hospice

Children saying final goodbye to their dying dad

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization voices their concern over the short lengths of service provided to hospice patients. NHPCO recommends that physicians, patients, and loved-ones discuss their end-of-life options before a crisis occurs-before it’s too late. Early referrals to hospice assure that pain and symptom management begin immediately and reduces unnecessary hospitalizations. Anyone diagnosed… Read more »


Hospice Doesn’t Terminate Life - CompassionCare Hospice

Caring doctor together with her patient's family.

Many often falsely believe that hospice kills those who are in their care. Of course people die while receiving hospice; however, they die from their disease process. Not hospice itself. Hospice services honor the natural dying process while managing pain and other symptoms. Patients and family members frequently question the hospice’s use of pain medications and are… Read more »


Supporting Someone Through Grief - CompassionCare Hospice

Woman Sitting On Sofa Comforting Unhappy Friend

Mourning the loss of a loved-one is difficult in itself, but feeling helpless about how to help a friend who is facing loss can be just as hard. Sometimes it’s the little things we do that count the most. Here are some simple ways you can help someone who’s grieving. Listen-there’s no need to rush… Read more »


Hospice Supports Those at Home - CompassionCare Hospice

Portrait of an elderly woman. Black-and-white photo.

Living with a serious illness or caring for a loved one who is seriously ill can be one of life’s most challenging times. Many people are surprised to learn hospice is intended for weeks and months of care, not just for the last days of someone’s life. People are also under false pretenses that hospice is… Read more »


Going “Home” with Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

sunrise in the sea

People don’t plan on dying. We tend to live in the present, making the most of every day. We spend more time and energy on deciding what’s for dinner or planning a vacation than addressing our last days on this earth and how we would like to leave. Dying is not what it used to be…. Read more »


The Hurdles of Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

Happy and joyful old senior couple outdoor

When the word hospice is mentioned it is often associated with other words like “giving up”. Many people believe that by agreeing to hospice they are signing their own death certificate. While many imagine a hospice patient, bed-bound, in a nursing home and over medicated, they may actually be up enjoying time with family, taking a walk in… Read more »


ALS & Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) - diagnosis written on a white piece of paper. Syringe and vaccine with drugs.

Around this time last year, ALS (Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis) took over social media headlines due to the viral fundraiser for the disease, The Ice Bucket Challenge. Posts and timelines were filled with videos of ice buckets being dumped on friends, family and celebrities in support of individuals diagnosed with this disease. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative… Read more »


Planning for End-of-Life Decisions - CompassionCare Hospice

being mortal

Last chances to see the PBS Frontline Film, Being Mortal, are this week! You can join us tomorrow and Thursday for these FREE screenings and discussions. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawade, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses, and… Read more »