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Palliative Care Not Being Received As Many Believe - CompassionCare Hospice

Elderly 80 plus year old man recovering from surgery in a hospital bed.

Palliative care, which includes treatments meant to provide relief from symptoms and the stress of serious chronic illnesses, is being offered to patients more these days. Despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to most individuals. Several factors may explain why… Read more »


Congestive Heart Failure - CompassionCare Hospice

CHF - Congestive Heart Failure. Disease abbreviation.

According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 5.8 million people are living with Congestive Heart Failure – also known as CHF. Close to 700,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year and the most common causes are coronary artery disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease. Hospice may be appropriate for… Read more »


Hospice Is Helping Others - CompassionCare Hospice

Group Of Happy Successful Doctors Standing In A Row At Hospital

Hospice is a different type of care, provided by a team of dedicated health professionals in your home or wherever you and your love-ones need their help. Those who are eligible for hospice services must be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or disease and choose to forgo aggressive treatments. Centered on palliative care, hospice closely monitors… Read more »


Consider Hospice Today - CompassionCare Hospice

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According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, by the year 2020, the number of people living with at least one chronic illness will increase to 157 million. Today, 7 out of 10 Americans die from chronic disease-hospice support can play a vital role in helping these individuals through their end-of-life journey with… Read more »


The Hospice Referral Process - CompassionCare Hospice

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Modern medicine has always focused on the cure. But what if there is no cure? In the past we used to be told , “Nothing more can be done.” With hospice, there is much more that can be done. Anyone with a progressive, life-limiting illness or condition may be appropriate for hospice. A patient themselves,… 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 »


Serving Those Who’ve Served - CompassionCare Hospice

An blank army veteran dogtag and camouflage uniform pants draped among a flag of the United States.

Many veterans who’ve served our country are now finding themselves in need of end-of-life care. Half of the men who die every day in the U.S. are veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Millions of Americans who served in World War II and in Korea are now in their 80s and 90s and Vietnam veterans are reaching… 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 »


Signs of Stomach Cancer - CompassionCare Hospice

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We all get the stomach aches from time to time, and if more often than not, this can cause us to worry about stomach cancer. Stomach cancer has a reputation for being one of the most painful but for many sufferers, pain is not among the disease’s early warning signs. In fact, it can cause no… 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 »