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Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Difference - CompassionCare Hospice

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The month of September we recognize and bring attention to World Alzheimer’s. The terms Alzheimer’s and Dementia are often used conversely because people believe that they carry the same meaning. These two different diagnosis are related, however, differ from one another and can become confusing when talked about. Dementia is defined as a brain disorder that… Read more »


Must Have Questions at End-of-Life - CompassionCare Hospice

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If you thought you were dying, what would matter most? Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. “Being Mortal”, a Frontline PBS program based off the book, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”, by Dr. Atul Gawande, underscores the importance… Read more »


The Hospice Referral Process - CompassionCare Hospice

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

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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 »


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Facts - CompassionCare Hospice

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How do you decide whether CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is right for you? You’ve seen it over and over in TV shows. Someone’s heart stops and then you hear a loud “Clear!” One or two shocks, and the heart beats again showing the patient fully recovered. But in reality, the success of CPR depends upon many factors that include age, mental… Read more »


Plan Ahead While The Choice Is Still Yours - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »


Hospice & Quality of Life - CompassionCare Hospice

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Hospice permits individuals with terminal illnesses to make decisions about how and where they want to spend the rest of their lives. It provides many benefits that aren’t possible in traditional healthcare settings. Through hospice, families are directly involved in making decisions and in helping the one they love. Hospice is unique because it focuses on care-not a cure…. Read more »


End of Life Care Options - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »


Managing Parkinson’s Disease - CompassionCare Hospice

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Parkinson’s disease impacts people in many different ways. Not everyone will experience all of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and if they do, they won’t necessarily experience them in the same order or with the same level of severity. However, a person diagnosed with this disease who is in the end stages (stages 4-5) can qualify for hospice… Read more »


Hospice is About Living - CompassionCare Hospice

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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 »