Mammography-What You Need to Know

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/mammography-what-you-need-to-know/

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness in October leaves no better time to talk about mammograms. Getting one is cringed upon by many women but these are necessary as we age. There are benefits to mammograms, and if you haven’t went for your first exam yet, here are some things to prepare you.

Of course the biggest benefit of getting a mammogram is early detection of cancer. Spotting cancer early leads to a higher chance of recovery. Early detection also allows women to keep their natural breast versus having to get a mastectomy. Mammograms do not hurt. You may experience some unpleasantness but it’s not really painful. The whole process itself is brief and there is little radiation used during the test. The physician reading your results looks for changes such as white small spots, lumps, or tumors, and other suspicious areas that could be signs of cancer

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Hospice Support & Breast Cancer

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/hospice-support-breast-cancer/

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This disease itself claims the lives of hundreds of thousands each year- affecting women around the world. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast, some cancer is limited to a certain area of the breast while others can spread to healthy tissues or other parts of the body.

Cancer stages are based on four determinants: The size of the cancer, whether or not it’s invasive, if it has spread to the lymph nodes, and if it’s reached other parts of the body beyond the breast. Stage IV, the last stage, is described an invasive breast cancer that has spread (metastasized) beyond the breast and lymph nodes to other organs like the lungs, bones, liver, etc. Stage IV can happen upon the first diagnosis or it can be relapsing cancer that has spread.</p

Many Waiting Too Long for Special Care

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/many-waiting-long-special-care/

Hospice care is provided by a core group of professionals who support and treat each hospice patient as a whole. Hospice doesn’t just manage pain. It shows patients and families how to best cope with an illness and addresses all physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. It is care that meets the unique needs of each individual, understanding hospice prepares patients and families for the future. However, many are waiting too long to take advantage of this service. Deciding on hospice may be one of the toughest decisions in life you have to make. But it’s an important option to consider.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hospice-care/when-to-consider-hospice-care

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/breast-cancer-awareness-month/

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will pass away from this disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Similar to hospice, breast cancer has many myths associated with it but it’s important to know the facts.

Finding a lump in your breast doesn’t always mean its cancer, however, a lump found should never be ignored. Schedule a clinical exam to be sure it is not cancerous. You should give yourself a breast exam regularly to stay on top of any changes you may notice. Another common myth is that only women can get breast cancer, this is false. The number is on a smaller scale, but an estimated 2100 men are diagnosed with breast cancer too each year. For men, this is usually distinguished as a ha

Grief & Loss Support Group Information

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/grief-and-support-group-information/

All of the following support groups are facilitated by CompassionCare Hospice Bereavement Specialists and are open to the public FREE of charge.

Derfelt Senior Center – 3343 W Washington Ave: Wednesday, October 11 at 12:30 p.m. Please call Kellie for a reservation 702-636-0200.

Centennial Hills Senior Center – 6611 N Buffalo (near Deer Springs): Mondays (2nd and 4th of each month) at 1:00 p.m. General groups are held on OCTOBER 9th & OCTOBER 23rd. Please note this is for ages 18 and over-any loss. **Enter the YMCA and proceed to the back of the building.

Davis Funeral & Memorial Home – 1401 S Rainbow Blvd: Tuesday, October 10th (2nd Tuesday of each month) at 2:00 p.m. Reservations ar

Support Services for Our Community

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/support-services-for-our-community/

CompassionCare Hospice is here to assist anyone affected by the horrific Las Vegas shooting. If you or a loved one need support, please contact our Bereavement Services Department at 702-636-0200.

Our hearts are heavy as we pray for those victims who lost their lives as well as those who endured this tragedy.

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Tags: Bereavement, grief support, support services

Looking For A Job?

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/looking-for-a-job/

Only 2 days left until the Senior Industry Community Job Fair at Palm Southwest Mortuary this Thursday, September 21st from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with over 20 employers who are or will be hiring!

Come Experience job searching with:  Assisted Living – Home Health – Group Home – PCA

Hosted by CompassionCare Hospice and Palm Southwest. Some agencies will be holding on-site interviews. Dress for success and be sure to have your cover letter/resume! For more information, please contact Nichole at 702-636-0200.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Difference

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/alzheimers-and-dementia-the-difference/

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 affects our communication skills and activities of daily living (ADLs) while Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that specifically affects parts of the brain that control our memory, thoughts, and language. Dementia is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging. When a person is diagnosed with dementia, they are being diagnosed with a set of symptoms. But health issues other than Alzheimer’s can cause dementia as well, like, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.

National Assisted Living Week

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/national-assisted-living-week/

“Family is Forever” is the theme for this year’s National Assisted Living Week and was inspired by Maya Angelou. This observance day gives people the opportunity to celebrate those who serve and are served –  staff, volunteers, residents, and their families, throughout assisted living facilities all over the nation.

“Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.” -Maya Angelou

CompassionCare Hospice recognizes all of the assisted living facilities in our community and the role they play in providing assistance and care to our local seniors and those with disabilities. Thank you for all you do! Happy National Assisted Living Week!

 

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Must Have Questions at End-of-Life

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/must-have-questions-at-end-of-life/

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 of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

CompassionCare Hospice took part in a nationwide campaign this past year by offering free screenings of this important documentary throughout the Las Vegas community. We participated in and led guided conversations on how to take

Keep Calm and Get Hired!

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/keep-calm-and-get-hired/

WE’RE HIRING!!

20 + companies in the senior industry hiring for part-time & full-time positions-DONT MISS THIS ONE OF A KIND JOB FAIR!

Thursday, September 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Palm Southwest Mortuary: 7979 W Warm Springs Rd, Las Vegas, 89113

Come meet and speak with those looking to fill positions in – Assisted Living, Group Home, Home Health, and PCA Agencies

For more information, please contact Nichole at 702-636-0200.

Be Ready! Come prepared with your cover letter and resume. On-site interviews will be taking place. We hope to see you there!

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Volunteers Wanted

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/volunteers-wanted/

Hospice volunteers are essential when putting together a hospice team. Medicare guidelines require hospice organizations to have and utilize volunteers in addition to their paid employees, volunteers help to support hospice staff and also relieve caregivers. They make scheduled visits as needed based on their availability and willingness. They are unpaid, yet can be priceless.

Many people imagine themselves becoming volunteers, making a difference for people somehow in their lives. Hospice volunteering often isn’t thought of though. Some people are afraid they don’t have what it takes. They are afraid to “watch someone pass away” or have the misconception that all a hospice volunteer does is “sit with someone during their last hours”. Although our volunteers can be with someone during their final hours, if they choose, there is so much more to volunteering with hospice.<