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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

Asian senior woman, 80's mother and her 60's daughter

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

sunrise in the sea

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

Stomach cancer word cloud concept

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

blood pressure conceptual meter indicate sky high, isolated on white background

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

Nurses week

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

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

monitor in the room. intensive care unit. photo.

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

Couple lying in bed sleeping

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 »