Holiday Table Talk

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/holiday-table-talk/

The holiday season always brings families together and can serve as a prime opportunity to have a conversation about what you and your loved ones want at the end of life. Some of the considerations you may discuss can include: the use of a breathing machine, starting dialysis, if you want to be resuscitated if you stop breathing, feeding tubes, or whether or not you wish to donate your organs someday.

Every year, some 12 million Americans need home services due to illness, disability, or end-of-life care. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent pass away in hospital and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 have actually done so.

Having a plan and making concrete decisions not only relieves your loved-0nes of these tough calls, but it also ensures that d

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What’s the Difference? Hospice vs Palliative Care

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/whats-the-difference-hospice-vs-palliative-care/

Both Hospice and Palliative care offer considerate care to patients who suffer from life-limiting illnesses, while also providing pain and symptom management and relief. Hospice care is palliative by nature, but there are important differences. Because more than 90 percent of hospice care is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, hospice patients must meet Medicare’s eligibility requirements, whereas Palliative care patients are not required to. To qualify for hospice care, as a rule, you must be within six months of passing and in a terminal state, if your disease follows its expected course. Patients appropriate for Palliative care can be in any stage of an illness-terminal or otherwise.

Here are some other differences and similarities between the two.

Hospice care can be covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and mos

November Is Hospice, Palliative Care Month

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/november-hospice-palliative-care-month/

“It’s about how you live” is the theme for this year’s National Hospice & Palliative Care Month.

Hospice and palliative care organizations are the advocates and educators on advanced healthcare planning. We help individuals make decisions about the healthcare they would want to receive should they be faced with a serious or life-limiting illness, or if they were unable to speak for themselves. Learning about your options before being faced with a crisis and understanding what’s available to you and your family allows you to live each day to the fullest. Sharing your wishes with your family, loved ones, and physician leaves no question about how you want to be treated at the end-of-life.

Being diagnosed with a serious illness can be a hard pill to swallow, but how you choose to live is completely up to

How To Be Safe on Halloween

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/how-to-be-safe-on-halloween/

Tonight’s the night streets will be filled with little ghosts and goblins on the hunt for candy. Not only is Halloween popular with kids, teens and adults enjoy this night just the same. Whatever your plans may be everyone, should be safe. Here are some tips to help!

Planning a trick-or-treat route for your little one’s is always best, this ensures you know where they are going. An adult should always accompany children as they make their way around the neighborhood going door to door. Make sure your little superhero can see-and been seen by others. Give them a flashlight to carry for super dark areas or put something reflective on their costume. Face paint is also a good alternative to wearing a mask.

Of course only houses with porch lights on should be visited, never go inside and be cautious of animals that may be out too. When you get home to

Let’s Talk About Hospice

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/lets-talk-about-hospice/

You may or may not have heard about hospice care before, in fact, most people have not. It’s a subject that gets avoided constantly and unless faced with an unexpected crisis, almost always never talked about. Some understand the basics but many believe the numerous misconceptions, such as:

“It’s for dying people.”

“They provide counseling and other stuff as well as medicine.”

“Old people go there to die. There is no hope for them, basically.”

While there is some truth to these statements clarification is needed. Hospice isn’t just for “dying people.” Hospice is about LIVING and celebrating life. Hospice patients are living with a terminal illness, and ensuring their comfort and quality of life is what hospice is all about. Anyone with a progressive, life-limiting illness or

Support Group November 6th

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/support-group-november-6th/

CompassionCare Hospice will be holding a support group for those affected by the Las Vegas tragedy.

Monday, November 6th at 2 p.m. hosted at Davis Funeral Home: 1401 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Why attend a support Group?

Validation: This particular tragedy has affected so many people in many different ways-physically, emotionally, and spiritually. One needs a place to recognize that these reactions are part of the healing journey and by sharing how one feels, the anxiety and depression can be lessened while the ability to enjoy life again expands. Being with other affected people can reaffirm that one is not “going crazy”. While every experience is unique, through support groups one can bask in the support of others who have been affected.

Define our feelings: Often tragedy brings on new and unique fee

Tips To Support Someone Experiencing A Loss

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/tips-to-support-someone-experiencing-a-loss/

Throughout our lives there will be moments when we ourselves or someone we love will experience loss. It could be for a number of things- loss of a loved one, pet, divorce, job, or a traumatic event that has taken place. Whatever the tragedy, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to help get through a situation and be supportive. Contingent on the significance of the loss, the grief may vary. But despite the differences there are some things you can do to help.

Hearing happy memories is a good place to start. Recalling past times and reminiscing helps someone to focus on the good things and what they loved so much about the person who is now gone. Along with this you can make a personalized gift to give to them. This is a keepsake they can hold onto for years and look back on to remember their loved one. Allowing a person to be emotional and express their feeli

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

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