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Heat Wave Safety Tips - CompassionCare Hospice

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There’s no doubt Las Vegas summers are HOT! Heat is one of the leading weather-related fatalities in the United States, sadly resulting in hundreds of heat related illnesses and deaths each year. Both are preventable by taking the proper steps to protect yourself and others during the summer months and the extreme heat waves that come… Read more »


National Nursing Home Week - CompassionCare Hospice

Nursing Home Week

National Nursing Home Week, beginning each year on Mother’s Day, was established by the American Healthcare Association in 1967. This week of recognition provides an opportunity for residents and their families, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to recognize the role of skilled nursing facilities in caring for seniors and individuals with disabilities. This year’s theme, “The… 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

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 »


Dealing With High Blood Pressure - CompassionCare Hospice

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We’ve all heard the expression “makes my blood boil” used when we get angry or upset. However, when blood pressure actually stays high over time it, can damage the body and cause complications. High blood pressure (HBP) also know as hypertension, is a common disease in which blood flows through the blood vessels at higher pressures… 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 »


Intensive Care not Always the Best - CompassionCare Hospice

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When faced with end-of-life decisions, all too often, end-of-life care becomes about those who are living and not about the actual person who’s dying.   What we have to remind ourselves of, though, is that it’s not about us, it’s about our loved one. And for physicians, it should be about their patient. Does he or she want to live bed-bound in a skilled… Read more »


Planning for End-of-Life Decisions - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »