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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

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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

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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 »


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 »


Hospice Supports Those at Home - CompassionCare Hospice

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Living with a serious illness or caring for a loved one who is seriously ill can be one of life’s most challenging times. Many people are surprised to learn hospice is intended for weeks and months of care, not just for the last days of someone’s life. People are also under false pretenses that hospice is… Read more »