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The Hospice Referral Process - CompassionCare Hospice

Much too often, referrals to hospice are made too late, before a patient and family have the chance to benefit from all of the services hospice actually has to offer. The sooner a patient is referred, the better. Many say that the only regret they have about hospice is not signing on sooner. Hospice care… Read more »

Finding The Right Fit in a Caregiver - CompassionCare Hospice

Most seniors today prefer to age in place, but when their health starts to decline and they need immediate or sudden help, we as family members may be faced with the critical decision of whether or not to start providing the care they need. Lots of family members end up becoming a caregiver to a loved one, but the… 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 »

Safe Medication Management - CompassionCare Hospice

Medications are an essential part of life for many seniors, helping them stay healthy while managing chronic conditions. But, making mistakes when taking medications can lead to serious, life threatening, ramifications. So, it is important that both seniors and their caregivers do all that they can to avoid making medication mistakes. Medication errors by the elderly may be more common than… Read more »

Balance Causes & Symptoms - CompassionCare Hospice

Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your bodies’ position, while in motion or standing still. Lightheadedness, dizzy spells, or the sensation of spinning in circles can all be signs of a balance issues, if these symptoms occur regularly. Balance issues are common among older adults and one of the main reasons help from… 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 »

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 »

Signs Your Loved-One Needs Help - CompassionCare Hospice

As we age changes we experience, both mentally and physically, make our day to day living a bit more difficult. When we start noticing these changes in ourselves or a loved-one, help may be needed in order to remain independent and sustain a better quality of life. Here is some helpful information that can aid you… 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 »