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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Facts - CompassionCare Hospice

How do you decide whether CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is right for you? You’ve seen it over and over in TV shows. Someone’s heart stops and then you hear a loud “Clear!” One or two shocks, and the heart beats again showing the patient fully recovered. But in reality, the success of CPR depends upon many factors that include age, mental… Read more »

What Matters to You - CompassionCare Hospice

Decisions about end-of-life care are intensely personal, and are based on an individual’s own values and beliefs. Talking with your family, healthcare providers, friends, and loved ones are all important steps to making your wishes known. These conversations will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want if ever faced… Read more »

Plan Ahead While The Choice Is Still Yours - CompassionCare Hospice

Sharing your wishes for end-of-life care can bring you closer to those you love. It’s critically important considering these facts: Ninety percent of people say that talking with their family about end-of-life care is important, when only twenty seven percent have actually done so. Eighty two percent of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing-only twenty three percent have. Eighty percent of people say… Read more »

Hospice & Quality of Life - CompassionCare Hospice

Hospice permits individuals with terminal illnesses to make decisions about how and where they want to spend the rest of their lives. It provides many benefits that aren’t possible in traditional healthcare settings. Through hospice, families are directly involved in making decisions and in helping the one they love. Hospice is unique because it focuses on care-not a cure…. Read more »

End of Life Care Options - CompassionCare Hospice

Those facing end of life, whether that be for themselves or a family member, experience multiple challenges when attempting to decide among the numerous end-of-life care options available. End of life care can be provided in many different settings-taking into account the level of care that is needed, resources, and the individuals own wishes. When discussing with loved-ones about… Read more »

Managing Parkinson’s Disease - CompassionCare Hospice

Parkinson’s disease impacts people in many different ways. Not everyone will experience all of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and if they do, they won’t necessarily experience them in the same order or with the same level of severity. However, a person diagnosed with this disease who is in the end stages (stages 4-5) can qualify for hospice… Read more »

Hospice is About Living - CompassionCare Hospice

When you or a loved one suffers from a life-limiting illness, your world can be turned upside down. While advanced medicine can do wonders for people with advanced diseases, sometimes it can become counter-productive and exhausting. There may come a point when what matters most may not be more time, but the ability to more… Read more »

Choose Hospice Today - CompassionCare Hospice

Because of the long list of options there are for seniors, end-of-life care no longer primarily happens at home. Approximately 25 percent of all U.S. deaths occur in a long-term care setting and this number is expected to grow. Up to 20 percent of all deaths in the U.S. occur in the hospital ICU or shortly after… Read more »

Palliative Care Not Being Received As Many Believe - CompassionCare Hospice

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

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 »