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Hospice care focuses on caring. It is compassionate care for people facing life-limiting illness. Hospice care is provided in the patient’s home in most cases. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations. It involves a team-oriented approach. Areas of expertise are medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s and family’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s family and loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. Usually, a family member serves as the primary caregiver. Also, they help make decisions for the patient. The hospice team will make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CompassionCare Hospice believes no one should travel the end-of-life journey without compassion, comfort and support. We want to give you a little hope.

Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month - CompassionCare Hospice

Classic Hemochromatosis abbreviatieted HHC - most common type of hemochromatosis

July is National Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month. Hemochromatosis is a genetic condition where the body absorbs too much iron from a normal diet. It is one of the most common genetic disorders seen in the United States. It is not a blood disease. It cannot be caught. The excess of iron absorbed by the body… Read more »


Decatur Pines Learns About Advance Directives - CompassionCare Hospice

Community Education Nurse, Julie McIntosh with CompassionCare Hospice, met with some of the residents this week at Decatur Pines Senior Apartments to discuss some important topics. Living Wills & Advanced Directives. Living wills and advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding your wishes for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Advance… Read more »


UNLV Nursing Students Learn About Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

CompassionCare Hospice is happy to have the UNLV School of Nursing students with us today out in the community! A big thank you to Dr. Serafica and our own Community Education Nurse, Julie McIntosh for their hard work setting this up. These students will have the opportunity to see what we do for our patients… Read more »


Lets Talk About Hospice Care - CompassionCare Hospice

Hospice Care - Nursing Home Visit

Hospice care is about living. Sometimes the question for those with a life-limiting illness is no longer “What else can be done?” but “How do I want to live now?” What matters most may not be more time, but the ability to more fully enjoy the time we have with those we love. With hospice,… Read more »


Hospice Care Misunderstood - CompassionCare Hospice

“Hospice care is underutilized — only a third of Americans die under the care of hospice, and hospice care is free,” noted the author of one article, Dr. Gail Gazelle, assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. “Far too often, patients end up in an ICU, rushed to the emergency room, and they end up… Read more »


Become A Volunteer With Us! - CompassionCare Hospice

Hospice volunteers are essential when putting together a hospice team. Medicare guidelines require hospice organizations to have and utilize volunteers in addition to their paid employees, volunteers help to support hospice staff and also relieve caregivers. They make scheduled visits as needed based on their availability and willingness. They are unpaid, yet can be priceless. Many people imagine themselves becoming volunteers, making a… Read more »


Saying Goodbye - CompassionCare Hospice

It’s a fact. We are all going to die at some point in our lives, it’s only natural. Each person’s dying experience is unique. Some may struggle with regret and uncertainty, while others experience personal growth, forgiveness and inner healing. For those of us on the other side, we may have difficulty in finding the… Read more »


Eye Injury Prevention Month - CompassionCare Hospice

Eye injury prevention - CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas

July is eye injury prevention month. You only get one pair of eyes in your life. Take care of them. 2.5 million eye accidents occur each year. 90% of the thousands of eye accidents that occur are preventable with safety eyewear. It is a common misbelief that most of your eye accidents occur in the… Read more »


Hospice and Palliative Care Go Hand In Hand - CompassionCare Hospice

Hospice care and palliative care are very similar when it comes to caring for those who suffer from life-limiting illnesses. Most people have heard of hospice care and have a general understanding of what it entails. What people don’t know or what can be confusing is that hospice provides “palliative care,” and this includes  administering “comfort” care and is generally offered most by hospitals. Hospice and… Read more »


End-of-Life Care Planning Is A Must - CompassionCare Hospice

End-of-life conversation - CompassionCare Hospice Las Vegas

Having conversations with your loved ones about their end-of-life wishes can be a sensitive discussion, however these conversations matter and must be had to learn about your loved one’s wishes so they can be honored at the end-of-life. Although physicians have a tendency to wait until patients are on the decline or close to being imminent before raising… Read more »