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Choose Hospice Today - CompassionCare Hospice

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Because of the long list of options there are for seniors, end-of-life care no longer primarily happens at home. Approximately 25 percent of all U.S. deaths occur in a long-term care setting and this number is expected to grow. Up to 20 percent of all deaths in the U.S. occur in the hospital ICU or shortly after… Read more »


Palliative Care Not Being Received As Many Believe - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »


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 »


Finding Hope in Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

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Surrounded by myths and misconceptions, hospice remains a misunderstood service that people still can’t grasp. The word itself has a negative connotation because many feel it means “giving up” when actually it means much more than this. There is hope in hospice. Hospice is aggressive in pain and symptom management-just not aggressive treatments. Everything is done… 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 »


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 »


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 »


Alzheimer’s Awareness - CompassionCare Hospice

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to the millions of individuals’ world-wide, family members, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Every 60 seconds someone in the US develops this disease according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60-80 percent of cases… Read more »


COPD Helpful Tips - CompassionCare Hospice

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COPD flare ups can be bad, bad enough to land someone in a hospital. COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases that include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms consist of shortness of breath, chronic cough, fatigue, wheezing and chest tightness. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe-regular exercise can prevent you or a loved-one from ending… Read more »