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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 »


Supporting Someone Through Grief - CompassionCare Hospice

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Mourning the loss of a loved-one is difficult in itself, but feeling helpless about how to help a friend who is facing loss can be just as hard. Sometimes it’s the little things we do that count the most. Here are some simple ways you can help someone who’s grieving. Listen-there’s no need to rush… 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 »


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 »


5 Step System to Better Sleep - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »


Getting Your Affairs in Order - CompassionCare Hospice

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What would happen if you were found unconscious and sent to the hospital. You had no family, had a will but never given anyone power of attorney over your finances or health care. As a result- no one could manage your bills, retrieve your personal items or have authority to move you somewhere where you could receive care if… Read more »


Comparison of Benefits-Home Health & Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

Services Included with Hospice Care - CompassionCare Hospice

If you or a loved one ends up in the hospital, you may be faced with a decision to choose between home health services or hospice. What’s the difference? Under hospice care, most patients receive services from a Medicare-certified organization, which provides each patient with an interdisciplinary team that consists of a physician, nurse, hospice aide,… Read more »