Comparison of Benefits-Home Health & Hospice

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/comparison-of-benefits-home-health-and-hospice/

If you or a loved one ends up in the hospital, you may be faced with a decision to choose between home health services or hospice.

What’s the difference?

Under hospice care, most patients receive services from a Medicare-certified organization, which provides each patient with an interdisciplinary team that consists of a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker, and chaplain (volunteer services and bereavement are also available). These individuals come to the patient’s home, wherever they call home: private residence, assisted living community, nursing home, group home, etc. Hospice care is comfort care for patients with a prognosis of six months or less (if their disease runs its natural course) as certified by a physician. A home health agency provides their services in the private homes of patients in need of skilled

We Support Local Veterans

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/support-local-veterans/

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System and Southern Nevada Veterans Community Engagement Board are co-hosting a Health & Wellness Fair and Veterans town hall meeting this Saturday, April 1st. Be sure to stop by and visit CompassionCare Hospice!

We will be at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center: 6900 N. Pecos Road, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89086. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Health & Wellness Fair will include more than 50 community and VA organizations providing Veterans, their families and caregivers with inform

We Are Looking for Volunteers

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/we-are-looking-for-volunteers/

The value of hospice volunteers cannot be overstated. The relationships volunteers build with patients and families are often deep and personal. Understanding the role of hospice volunteers, the ways in which volunteers can serve, and the impact that volunteering has on the lives of all involved-including the volunteer, can better equip those who are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer.

Before beginning volunteer services, CompassionCare Hospice volunteers are provided with thorough training to help you understand the philosophy of CompassionCare and hospice, the services we offer, how to communicate with patient’s and families, and an overview of the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs during the end-of-life journey. The role of a hospice volunteer is one of compassion and understanding, respect for all ways of life – personal beliefs and/or religiou

“Being Mortal” Extended! More Chances for CME’s!

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/being-mortal-extended-more-chances-for-cmes/

For anyone who missed us at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center-there’s still a few more chances to catch the PBS program “Being Mortal”. In support of National Healthcare Decision month in April, CompassionCare will be showing this documentary again throughout our community to help raise awareness and stress the importance of advance healthcare planning.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. After the screening, you can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. Yo

Free Seminar at Prestige Assisted Living

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/free-seminar-at-prestige-assisted-living/

The mention alone of the term “hospice” can be sensitive and end-of-life discussions and planning can be difficult to approach. Join us to learn more about hospice care, the services it provides and how to determine if this type of care is appropriate. We’ll also share the basics around how to choose the best hospice provider for you or a loved one. “Hospice Care 101” will be presented by CompassionCare Hospice Community Education Nurse, Julie McIntosh, on Wednesday, March 29th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Whether you’re a family member, professional provider, or simply want to further your education you are invited to attend. All seminars are free and open to the public!

Space is limited for this FREE educational series, sponsored by Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma

Must Ask Hospice Questions

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/must-ask-hospice-questions/

Doctor’s are trained to make people better. But what if they can’t make us better, what if our illness has progressed to the point that we need to consider other options-like hospice.

Hospice is a set of services that we all may need someday. While death is not an option for any of us, we do have choices about the services we use at the end of life. Hospice is undoubtedly the best option for those who qualify. A whole variety of benefits, not only to those who are ill, but for the family and caregivers as well, are available. With many options available, it’s important to do your research and know the right questions to ask.

What is the companies reputation? Get references both from people you know and from people in the community who have dealt with them- local hospitals, nursing homes, and clinical staff. Ask if they have had experience with the hospic

Cancer on the Rise in Younger Adults

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/cancer-on-the-rise-in-younger-adults/

 The number of younger adults being diagnosed with colon cancer is on the rise, according to a recent study by the American Cancer Society. People born in 1990 have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as people the same age who were born in the 50’s. Colon cancer in a younger adult sometimes is attributed to inheritance or other risk factors, such as having inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis (Crohn’s Disease). For whatever reason, the number of young adults being diagnosed keeps climbing.

Colon cancer diagnosis in people under 50 is still uncommon (routine screenings are recommended at age 50) but it is the upward trend that disturbs physicians. As a result, in a younger person who isn’t routinely screened, a colon cancer diagnosis is more often found in late-advanced stages. The average delay

CompassionCare Hospice Is Hiring!

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/compassioncare-hospice-hiring/

The greatest benefit of working at CompassionCare is joining our team of professionals — people who are passionate about giving patients and families the care and support they need to make the most of their time together! If this is you, we would love to have you become part of our amazing team. We are a leading provider of hospice services in Southern Nevada!  We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

  1. Full-Time Volunteer Coordinator (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  2. Full-Time RN Case Managers (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) ** 3 openings for this position
  3. Full-Time Admissions Nurse Specialist (Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
  4. Part-Time On-Call RN (Tuesday-Friday 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)
  5. Part-Time CNA (hours to be determined)

<sp

Stopping Treatment

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/stopping-treatment/

Many elderly patients nowadays are enduring unnecessary and potentially harmful treatments at the end of their lives. Up to 1/3 are given chemotherapy, dialysis, blood transfusions or CPR in their final weeks which has no potential benefits and is only prolonging their suffering. Today’s review by researchers at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, estimates that up to 38 % of patients are put through unnecessary treatment at the end of life, according to an article on Dailymail.com.

The article states that researchers say family members are unwilling to let loved ones go and pressurize doctors into performing ‘heroic interventions.’ Their study involved 1.6 million patients across eight countries including England and is the largest so far to look at the extent of unnecessary procedures being undertaken at

Hospice Levels of Care

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/hospice-levels-of-care/

Hospice patients may require differing levels of care throughout the course of their disease process, the Hospice Medicare Benefit allows patients four levels of care to meet their needs as they can change. These four levels of care are: Routine Care, General Inpatient Care, Respite Care, and Continuous Care. While one patient may experience all four levels, perhaps in just a week or ten days of hospice services. Another patient may experience one level of care throughout the entire duration of their stay on services. Each level of care meets specific needs, and every hospice patient and/or case is unique.

Routine Care: Almost 95% of the time, hospice is provided in the home – wherever that may be. A private residence, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility or group home setting to name a few. The interdisciplinary hospice team members come

Celebrating Women-History of Hospice

CompassionCare Hospice

Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/celebrating-women-history-hospice/

National Women’s Month in the US is celebrated the month of March. This day has been marked by the United Nations since 1975 but was observed in smaller ways in the US as far back as 1911.  Everyday women around the world leave their mark in this world through notable events and achievements. This is a time to celebrate women who realize their extraordinary potential.

Cicely Saunders born in 1918 founded St Christopher’s Hospice in London, the first purpose-built hospice. Hospice, as we know it today, began in 1967 in England from the mind and heart of Cicely who innately knew that death involved more than the cessation of the physical body. Cicely attended St Anne’s College in Oxford and in 1944 became a nurse. Although she worked in a field she loved, her heart still longed for more knowledge. She was tenacious, enthusiastic, and curious. She retuned to