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Benefits of Social Media For Seniors - CompassionCare Hospice

Laughing beautiful senior woman with a tablet-pc in her hands sitting on a sofa at home looking at the camera

When the word social media is brought up in conversation most people think about a younger generation, not seniors. Three years ago the number of people who used social media over the age of 65 was under 10%. Times are changing! Surprisingly there are health benefits to seniors who use social media regularly. Our minds stay engaged… 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 »


Self Care for the Caregiver - CompassionCare Hospice

Members Of Support Group Sitting In Chairs Having Meeting

Caregiving whether it’s for the young or old isn’t an easy job to do. Caregivers for people with dementia are faced with the most challenges of all. The lack of communication from a person with dementia due to brain cell loss and the inability to express their needs can lead a caregiver to feel overwhelmed,… 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 »


Maximize Your Benefits - CompassionCare Hospice

Senior woman using computer

It is important for us to know our healthcare options and make the best choices that suite our individual needs. Many people confuse Medicare and Medicaid benefits, although they sound familiar they are both very different programs. With Medicare open enrollment approaching fast (October 15), you should know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid and who’s eligible… 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 »


Hospices Now Offering Legacy Therapy - CompassionCare Hospice

Serious therapist listening to her talking patient at therapy session

Reflecting on memories and things we did throughout our lifetime is something most everyone does as they near the end. We can look at pictures, listen to particular songs, or tell stories to recall the past. Hospice services offer support to patients and families for these particular types of things-some now adding “Legacy Therapists” to their… Read more »


Personal Care Services - CompassionCare Hospice

Young happy doctor giving support to his elderly patient.

While hospice services provide clinical support, there are other types of services that individuals and families also seek-one of those is Personal Care Assistance, also known as PCA services. PCA services are a type of home care services that help people with their non-medical health needs so that they can remain independent rather than relocating… 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 »


Preventing Hospital Admissions - CompassionCare Hospice

Senior Woman Lying In Hospital Bed

If you or a loved-one are faced with a life-limiting illness you may find yourself making frequent visits to the hospital. This can not only become costly, but tiresome. Whether you yourself are making these hospital trips or it’s a family member you’re looking after, there are key things you can do in preventing these hospital… Read more »