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The Hurdles of Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

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 »


Dealing With High Blood Pressure - CompassionCare Hospice

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 »


National Nurses Week! - CompassionCare Hospice

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician and founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.  Nightingale was nicknamed “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making… Read more »


ALS & Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

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

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 »


5 Step System to Better Sleep - CompassionCare Hospice

Adequate sleep is a big factor in staying healthy. Better Sleep Month, which is in May, encourages us to make better sleep patterns for ourselves. Better Sleep Month is supported by the Better Sleep Council, which aims to raise awareness about the benefits of better sleep and how poor sleep can be disruptive to our lives…. Read more »


Living Well Until the End - CompassionCare Hospice

For those with a life limiting illness, fighting your hardest to live on can make living itself too difficult. Sometimes the question is no longer “What else can be done?” but “How do I want to live now?” Today there are better ways to confront and cope with serious illnesses, no matter how dire the diagnosis…. Read more »


Planning for End-of-Life Decisions - CompassionCare Hospice

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 »


Mother’s Day Donations, Give Back - CompassionCare Hospice

The Shade Tree of Las Vegas, a local shelter that assists more than 6,000 women, children and their pets every year is currently collecting donations for  their annual Mother’s Day donation drive. Items (new or gently used please) needed are – clothing, handbags, jewelry/accessories, wallets, gift bags/bows and bath & body products  Anyone can drop off donations from… Read more »


Join the Conversation - CompassionCare Hospice

This Easter Sunday many of us will be gathered with family and friends and this may be the perfect time to “have the talk” with them. Sunday is also National Healthcare Decisions Day and the goal is for all adults to have the tools needed to discuss and document their healthcare wishes now, while they’re healthy and able, before… Read more »