Serving Those Who’ve Served

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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 older age too. A large number of these vets are under the care of hospice across the country.

If a veteran has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness by a VA physician with a life expectancy of 6 months or less (should the disease run its natural course) they qualify to receive hospice services. The VA offers needed hospice and palliative care services for all enrolled veterans, these services can be provided in both an inpatient setting or in the home. You can choose between agencies that are certified and among payers of the VA-Compassi

Supporting Someone Through Grief

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Mourning the loss of a loved-one is difficult in itself, but feeling helpless about how to help a friend who is facing loss can be just as hard. Sometimes it’s the little things we do that count the most. Here are some simple ways you can help someone who’s grieving.

Listen-there’s no need to rush conversation and say things that don’t sound genuine or come natural. Although moments of silence can feel awkward, they don’t have to be. Let the person have a moment and they will speak when they are ready. Another common impulse we have when someone gets emotional is to try and change the subject or switch gears. Crying is a natural, healthy, part of processing grief. It is ok to allow this to happen. Encourage conversation about the person who’s passed, they are very much on the mind of the person you’re trying to support. Reminiscing abou

Hospice Supports Those at Home

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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 a place you go, when in fact, it’s a concept of care that comes directly to you, in your own home.

It’s not unusual for people to express a desire to age, and pass, in the comfort of their homes rather than in a hospital setting. The benefits of receiving hospice at home extend beyond just one’s personal preference. A study done at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, found that terminally ill cancer patients who received palliative care in their homes tended to survive longer than those who are were the hospital. A total of 462 patients a

Heat Wave Safety Tips

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There’s no doubt Las Vegas summers are HOT! Heat is one of the leading weather-related fatalities in the United States, sadly resulting in hundreds of heat related illnesses and deaths each year. Both are preventable by taking the proper steps to protect yourself and others during the summer months and the extreme heat waves that come with it. Wherever you are, follow these tips to help keep you safe.

When the warm weather strikes, our bodies are challenged in the ability to cool themselves. When the body heats too rapidly or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration and/or sweating, body temperature rises and you can experience things like heat cramps, exhaustion, or stroke. Death can occur when hyperthermia sets in-when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle (this can happen in mild temperatures-70). Never leave pets, older adults, and children unattended i

Giving Back

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Anyone with a genuine desire to help others and has time to share is encouraged to volunteer with CompassionCare Hospice!

We are currently looking for individuals interested in joining our team. There are opportunities for everyone… calling bingo and assisting with other activities in our care facilities (assisted living), reading to patients or playing games, sharing a special talent (singing or playing an instrument), pet therapy, office support, and more. We are also looking for anyone bilingual – Spanish speaking.

Volunteers in hospice make special connections and bonds with the patients and families they help. Volunteers are a vital part of the hospice team by providing support, companionship, and socialization. They also lessen the burden of caregivers by allowing them to take a break from time to time to focus on themselves. CompassionCare’s volunteer trai

National Nursing Home Week

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National Nursing Home Week, beginning each year on Mother’s Day, was established by the American Healthcare Association in 1967. This week of recognition provides an opportunity for residents and their families, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to recognize the role of skilled nursing facilities in caring for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

This year’s theme, “The Spirit of America” captions the bond between staff, volunteers and residents that take in the American spirit. Different people and cultures embody our skilled nursing centers throughout America and acts of generosity, compassion and kindness happen on a daily basis. As this  celebrated week comes to a close, CompassionCare would like to recognize all of the nursing homes throughout our Las Vegas communities and thank the individuals who work here, helping take care of

Dementia Risks: Do’s & Dont’s

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/dementia-risks-dos-donts/

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, but there are several other types. Each one has a different cause and effects people in different ways. Most dementia develops as a result of either a biological cause or a physical event in the body. Our biggest risk factors which include age and family history cant be changed unfortunately, but studies have recently shown that we can modify other things in our life that can help reduce the risk of being diagnosed with this disease.

We are told over and over how important it is to maintain a healthy diet-for a number of reason. However, we don’t often hear how our brains need healthy food too. Vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and lean protein are crucial in order for our brains to properly function. Research shows that people who have high saturated fat diets are more likely to develop dementia. This includes drin

Signs of Stomach Cancer

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We all get the stomach aches from time to time, and if more often than not, this can cause us to worry about stomach cancer. Stomach cancer has a reputation for being one of the most painful but for many sufferers, pain is not among the disease’s early warning signs. In fact, it can cause no symptoms in the beginning at all. Stomach cancer is more prevalent among men and the chance of developing the disease increases with age.

If you notice blood in your vomit or stool you should see a gastroenterologist right away. If this is due to stomach cancer, the blood in your stool will have a dark red or blackish color to it. From vomiting, a bright red color or a “grainy” texture will appear. This is because it has only been partially digested. Your stomach will experience a dull-achy feeling right in the middle. The uncomfortable feeling will remain constant, not hurt for a

Dealing With High Blood Pressure

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We’ve all heard the expression “makes my blood boil” used when we get angry or upset. However, when blood pressure actually stays high over time it, can damage the body and cause complications. High blood pressure (HBP) also know as hypertension, is a common disease in which blood flows through the blood vessels at higher pressures than normal. It is normal for blood pressures to change when we sleep, wake up, or get excited or nervous. When you are active, it is normal for your blood pressure to increase. However, once the activity stops, your blood pressure returns to your normal baseline range. Physicians diagnose high blood pressure when blood pressure readings are consistently 140/90 mmHg or above.

There are two main types of high blood pressure, primary and secondary high blood pressure. Primary, is the most common type of high blood pressure. This type o

National Nurses Week!

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National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician and founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.  Nightingale was nicknamed The Lady with the Lamp because of her habit of making rounds at night. The American Nurses Association has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit in leading the charge for health and wellness.

During this week of recognition, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital roles they play throughout our society. CompassionCare Hospice would especially like to thank all of our nurses who work closely with our patients

ALS & Hospice

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Around this time last year, ALS (Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis) took over social media headlines due to the viral fundraiser for the disease, The Ice Bucket Challenge. Posts and timelines were filled with videos of ice buckets being dumped on friends, family and celebrities in support of individuals diagnosed with this disease. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Throughout the course of the disease, wasting and atrophy occurs in all voluntary muscles including those that are used for swallowing and respiration. Symptoms such as tripping, clumsiness, muscle cramps, twitching and ultimately, paralysis occur as well.

The most common cause of death in ALS patients is respiratory failure. The average life expectancy for someone after diagnosis is between two to five years,

May is Skin cancer Awareness Month

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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The most dangerous kind is melanoma. UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer and can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. Melanoma appears in the form of a mole or suddenly appears as a dark spot on the skin. Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and you can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

The risk of melanoma is much higher for Caucasians than for African Americans. Individuals with red or blond hair, blue or green eyes, or fair skin that freckles or burns easily are at an increased risk. A person’s immune system also plays a role, those with a weakened immune systems (from certain diseases or medical treatments) are more likely to develop many types of skin cancer, including