Happy Halloween from CompassionCare

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For many young children, Halloween night is one of the best!  But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and their parents aren’t cautious. Here’s some trick-or-treating tips before you hit the streets tonight.

Make sure you and your children are in comfortable shoes. Shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.

Have a plan on where you’ll go. Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, avoid long paths and stick with streets that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost. Be noticeable, apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road or carry a flashlight with you to keep your path lit.

Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask and use make-up instead. Try to avoid costumes that h

Healthy Lung Month

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/healthy-lung-month/

October is healthy lung month.

It makes sense. So many of us have problems pertaining to our lungs this time of year. Pollens, molds, and other allergies are so prevalent this time of year. Fall is a great time of the year for these allergens because it is colder and wetter. Someone severely allergic to pollens and/ or molds may experience chronic sinus problems (sinusitis) and even asthma attacks. Some lung problems aren’t caused by allergies, but they are caused by the person themselves.

Smoking leads to many problems with the lungs and air passageways as well as other parts of the body. Smoking can lead to medical issues such as bronchitis, emphysema, cardiopulmonary disease, high blood pressure (which can lead to heart attack and stroke), vasoconstriction (constriction or narrowing of blood vessels) which also may lead to heart attack and stroke, DVT (deep vein thrombosis or

Hospice Volunteers Play Important Role

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/hospice-volunteers-play-important-role/

A hospice team treats a whole person-physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hospice isn’t just about managing pain, it shows patients how to best cope with an illness while also supporting family and loved ones involved too. Hospice care is provided by a core group of professionals and also includes the help of volunteers.  These individuals are trained to help provide a variety of support to patients and families while providing companionship but also respecting the individual’s rights to privacy and autonomy.

Volunteers often serve as a liaison to family who can’t be there for whatever reason. If a caregiver has their own medical appointments to get to, weekly household chores and duties to get done, or they simply just need a break-a volunteer can step in and relieve someone in these instances. Volunteers however do not transport patients around, pro

World Psoriasis Day

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/world-psoriasis-day/

World Psoriasis Day is October 29.

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which skin cells build up on the surface of the skin at a rapid rate. It is common with more than 3 million cases in the U.S. alone. There are seven types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic, nail, and arthritis.

1) Plaque Psoriasis is sometimes referred to as psoriasis vulgaris. It is the most common of the cases seen. It accounts for approximately 90% of cases. Its rapid build-up can cause scales and red itchy, dry patches of skin that can sometimes be painful.
2) Guttate Psoriasis usually presents itself in children and young adults. It is only present in about 2% of cases seen.
3) Inverse Psoriasis forms red patches in the body’s skin folds (armpits, groin, under the breasts, and skin folds around genitals or buttocks.)
4) Pustular Psoriasis is un

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Journey

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/the-alzheimers-caregiver-journey/

Alzheimer’s not only alters the lives of people with the disease but also the lives of those who are the caretakers.  The Alzheimer’s journey can be just as emotionally and physically demanding for the caregiver as it is for the one with the actual disease, however, it is often overlooked when it comes to the caregiver. The worry of effective communication, wandering risks, agitation and difficult behaviors are just a few of the major stressors caregivers can be faced with on a day-to-day basis.

Depending on the stage of the illness, there are many ways that you and others can interact with a person with dementia. It is best to make changes in the home when the person is in the early stages and can adjust. Remove furniture and other household items that may be a hazard and cause a possible accident. Provide good lighting that does not create confusing shadows and

Hospice Doesn’t Mean Leaving Home

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/hospice-doesnt-mean-leaving-home/

While more people across the country seek hospice care each year, the option for patients to remain in their own homes while under hospice care also continues to grow.

The thought of hospice alone can be frightening to many, you may imagine pain and loneliness, spending your final days in a cold, unfamiliar, hospital setting far from family, friends and all that you know and love. However, hospice care actually represents a compassionate approach, heightening your quality of life and enabling you to live as fully and as comfortably as possible- all along remaining in your own home.

When someone with a life-limiting illness makes the decision to move forward with hospice, a million uncertainties and questions run through their mind, one of those is the possibility of having to leave home to be cared for elsewhere.  In-home care provided by hospice allows a patient to

YOLO – Red Ribbon Week

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/yolo-red-ribbon-week/

October 23 to October 31st is Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use as well as the problems related to drugs facing our community. The theme this year is YOLO – Be Drug Free! “YOLO” is short for “you only live once” just in case you didn’t know. The theme for Red Ribbon Week was created by 2 sixth graders who submitted their ideas for a contest. Both students had the same idea for the theme after hearing their teacher use the term “YOLO” throughout the year to remind her students they only live once so they should make good decisions. Drug prevention is such an important topic. It is so important to understand how drug use can affect your future. CompassionCare Hospice encourages you to promote a healthy living and a drug-free lifestyle by either wearing or displaying a red ribbon. The red ribbon symbolizes a commitment to expelling drugs off our

The Hospice Philosophy

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/the-hospice-philosophy/

The hospice philosophy seeks to replace taboos about death and dying with open communication that helps patients, families and their loved ones plan for living out the remaining time they have while dealing with a life-limiting illness. Hospice teams support their patients and families in the comforts of their own home and helps to ensure a patients wishes are followed through up until their last breath.

Hospice care provides comfort by helping you and your family deal with a life-limiting illness. Hospice professionals help with medications, treatments, personal hygiene needs, and even physician home visits if necessary. Hospice services cater to each individuals needs so that they can go about their normal lives as much as possible enjoying the time they have left with family and friends. Beyond the physical help, hospice also offers emotional and spiritual health as well-to b

Legal Planning Essential

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/legal-planning-essential/

Establishing a solid financial and legal plan for yourself or for a loved one is an essential part of preparing for the future as we age-especially before a medical crisis or life-limiting illness is upon us. Few people bring up conversations based around end-of-life care, its not a subject we want to openly talk about. Unfortunately, most people end up dealing with a current crisis for which there’s been no preparation. As we face aging and the need to make plans for our future, legal decisions about many aspects of our lives come up. These legal decisions not only protect us from others doing things we might not like, they also protect family and loved ones by giving them guidance in the care that you would like to receive.

Have discussions with family members and loved ones about your wishes. It may be a difficult subject to tackle, but talking about what you’d like t

World Osteoporosis Day

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World Osteoporosis Day is October 20.

Osteoporosis is a common disease that weakens bones. World Osteoporosis Day 2016 theme is “Love Your Bones – Protect Your Future.” As bones weaken, the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures increases. Until a fracture occurs, there are typically no signs or symptoms. Broken bones may lead to chronic pain. Osteoporosis is more common as we age. As we age, we are at an increased risk of falling. Falling typically leads to fractures. There are also many health problems and a few medical procedures as well as medications that increase the likelihood of osteoporosis. The most common fractures are of the wrist, spine, shoulder and hip. It is more commonly seen in women, but is seen in men. The word “osteoporosis” is from the Greek word meaning “porous bones”.
CompassionCare Hospice understands how important exercise is to s

Pastoral Care-An Important Component of Hospice

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/pastoral-care-important-component-hospice/

Pastoral Care Week (October 17-21) gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide. We here at CompassionCare Hospice would like to recognize and thank our chaplains for all they do for our patients and families.

This year’s theme for the week is Spiritual Resilience, one’s ability to navigate through, or recover from, life’s most challenging moments. Spiritual Resilience finds its roots in one’s sense of spirituality and related practices, religions or beliefs, values and outlook. It also represents the individual’s ability to gain, maintain or revise a sense of purpose and meaning, relationships, connections to the sacred, nature