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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

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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

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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 »


COPD Helpful Tips - CompassionCare Hospice

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COPD flare ups can be bad, bad enough to land someone in a hospital. COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases that include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms consist of shortness of breath, chronic cough, fatigue, wheezing and chest tightness. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe-regular exercise can prevent you or a loved-one from ending… Read more »


Serving Those Who’ve Served - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »


Hospice Supports Those at Home - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »


Dementia Risks: Do’s & Dont’s - CompassionCare Hospice

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, but there are several other types. Each one has a different cause and effects people in different ways. Most dementia develops as a result of either a biological cause or a physical event in the body. Our biggest risk factors which include age and family history… Read more »


Going “Home” with Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

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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

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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 »