Hospice Misconceptions

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With more than 5,000 hospice facilities throughout the United States, it is important to know what hospice is and address the misconceptions that go along with it – emphasizing the hospice benefits to those approaching the final stages of life. Hospice care really stands apart, it’s a different kind of care  focused on maintaining or improving quality of life by providing comfort, relieving pain, and offering support to both patients and families. Hospice can become an option when an illness no longer responds to treatments projected to cure, and when physicians predict that the illness will progress in such a way that the patient has limited time left.

The biggest misconception surrounding hospice is it’s a place you go to pass away, this is not true. Most hospice services are provided in a variety of settings-wherever a person calls home. Another misconceptio

Hospice Helps Keep You Home

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/hospice-helps-keep-home/

Part of the growing older can mean needing more help, especially when dealing with a life-limiting illness. Hospice services provide help to individuals so that they can remain in their home, independent, longer. The hospice team provides private-duty nursing services that provide in-home care – not just at the end of life. Hospices have great expertise at managing people’s care in their own homes. If you or a loved one qualify and meet criteria for hospice care, it can be very beneficial.

It is important for many, whether dealing with health issues themselves, or caring for a loved one who has a medical condition, to remain at home for as long as possible. That is the goal of hospice. Hospice isn’t a place you go, it’s a service. This service is provided to you wherever you call home. CompassionCare works with outside organizations such as personal care aid

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month.

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication in response to their diabetes. It is the leading cause of blindness. Usually, it has no warning signs.

The National Eye Institute has come up with an acronym (TRACK) to remind us to protect our vision:

T – Take medications as prescribed by your doctor.
R – Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
A – Add more physical activity to your daily routine.
C – Control your ABCs – (A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels)
K – Kick the smoking habit.

Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

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“No Stomach for Cancer.”

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. Stomach cancer is also called gastric cancer. It is the 5th most common type of cancer worldwide. It is also the 3rd most common cause of cancer deaths. There are 1 million new cases globally each year. 1 in 111 men or women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Gastric cancer is more commonly seen in men. Most people diagnosed are between their late 60s and 80s. In the United States, stomach cancer is more common in Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian/Pacific Islanders than it is in non-Hispanic whites.

Stomach cancer is difficult to detect; therefore, it is typically diagnosed in late stages. Late stage cancers are harder to treat and cure than earlier stage cancers. Early detection is the key to survival. It can be hereditary. Smoking increases gastric cancer risk. Diets high in smok

National Hospice & Palliative Care Month – Interview With Community Nurse Julie

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/national-hospice-palliative-care-month-interview-community-nurse-julie/

Last but not least we interviewed our very own Community Education Nurse. You may have seen Julie on quite a few of our other hospice education videos. She is truly a special person who is dedicated to bringing truth and knowledge to the Southern Nevada community. We appreciate everyone who viewed our National Hospice & Palliative Care Month featured interviews. Please let us know what you think about our videos and we hope everyone has a Happy Holiday season.

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Hospice Communication

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Through effective communication, a hospice worker can help your loved one the most effectively and efficiently.

The hospice nurse is in a specialized position, since he or she is often involved in all segments of a patient’s life during this time. They see both what is happening with the patient emotionally, with their families, as well as what is happening “behind the scenes” with medical tests, doctor consultations, etc. This makes the nurse one of the most integral pillars to the entire hospice care method of treating patients using the palliative care practice. When the patient is feeling overwhelmed, it is often this nurse that can come in and help them. This nurse can offer spiritual and emotional support to the patient, as well help them overcome other psychological stressing news and situations. The nurse can also communicate with others on the team more specialized in e

How Hospice Works

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/how-hospice-works/

Discussions around end-of-life are very difficult to have, talking about the possible loss of a loved-one can be unthinkable yet very necessary, before having to make last minute decisions. Understanding how end-of-life looks from a hospital bed or from home are two choices that many are faced with at some point in their lifetime. Sometimes we are faced with the ultimate choice – weighing the benefits of a certain course of treatment against the burdens of that treatment. Sometimes what matters most isn’t more time, but the ability to more fully enjoy the time we have with those we love. While advanced medical care can do wonders for those suffering from a life-limiting illness, it can also become counterproductive, exhausting, and financially draining.

If you or a loved on

Comforts of Music therapy

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/comforts-music-therapy/

Research shows that sound is the last outside sensation that registers with a human as they begin to transition out of this life. Even when someone is no longer able to communicate or no longer conscious, they can still be comforted by sounds, including music.

Throughout our lifetime, music can have both positive and negative effects on our emotions. It can help us reminisce on good times and positive memories we’ve shared with family, friends, and loved-ones. Certain songs can increase our heart rates, blood pressure and even release endorphins that make us feel good. Generally, music therapy aims to restore, maintain or improve mental, physical, emotional or spiritual health.

Music can create a connection wi

Aging And GERD

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/aging-and-gerd/

GERD is the most common gastrointestinal disorders seen.

Aging increases your risk and severity of GERD. Millions of people are affected by this disease. The odds of developing this disorder increases with age. Here are some things your senior can do to alleviate GERD:

• Avoid foods that can trigger an attack such as chocolate, peppermint, coffee, carbonated beverages, fried food, and alcohol.
• Avoid foods that irritate sensitive gastrointestinal tissue such as acidic foods, citrus, tomatoes, spicy food, and pepper.
• Stop smoking. Tobacco stimulates the production of stomach acid, and weakens the muscle connecting the stomach to esophagus.
• Eat more frequent, smaller meals to avoid being overfull, and don’t eat within 2 hours of bedtime.
• Elevate your head while sleeping with extra pillows or a bed wedge. Also, try sleeping on your right side.<br

GERD Awareness Week

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GERD Awareness Week is November 20-26.

GERD Awareness Week - CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas, Nevada

GERD is an acronym for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. It is a very common disease where the stomach content flow back into the esophagus causing irritating and painful sy

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Jennifer – CCHLV Social Worker

This week of National Hospice & Palliative Care Month we’re interviewing another one of our amazing staff members here at CompassionCare Hospice. Jennifer is one of our Social Workers and has been in the industry a decade now. Thanks for supporting National Hospice Month and be sure to stop by to see Julie, our Community Education Nurse next week.

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