National Healthcare Decision Week

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/national-healthcare-decision-week/

National Healthcare Decision Day, April  16-22, aims to help people all over the United States understand the importance and value in advanced healthcare planning. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping you talk about your end-of-life preferences and wishes. It’s crucial to start these conversations with your family, loved-ones, and physicians-before it’s too late. By doing so, we can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaborative effort of national, state, and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity have the information and resources to communicate and document their future healthcare decisions. In support of this, CompassionCare Hospice will be showing a free screening of the PBS Frontline documentary, “

Medicare vs Medicaid

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/medicare-vs-medicaid/

Medicare vs Medicaid-many people get the two confused often. Both are run by the government and are related to health care…but what’s the difference? These are actually two very different programs that assist different people and their specific needs.

Medicare is for those age 65 and up, it’s a health insurance program run by the federal government. Those under the age of 65 with certain disabilities or who are of any age and have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can qualify as well. There are four different parts of Medicare that help cover specific services: Medicare A, Medicare B, Medicare C, and Medicare Part D.

Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care and some home health services. Starting at age 65, you normally won’t have to pay a monthly premium if you

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

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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

Red Cross Month

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/red-cross-month/

Every March during Red Cross Month, the Red Cross honors the nearly 700,000 people who volunteer to perform vital services for the organization, as well as the more than 4 million blood donors who contribute to building the nation’s blood supply. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated March as Red Cross Month. Since that time, all of our U.S. presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how our organization helps people across the country and around the world.

The American Red Cross encourages groups and individuals to serve their communities through various volunteer activities that include: giving blood or participating in blood drives, teaching health and safety classes, responding to current disasters and more.The Red Cross provides help and support in many ways to people in this country and around the world by providing 24-hour support to members of the

You’re Invited-Last Chance (CME Credits Available!)

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/youre-invited-last-chance-cme-credits-available/

Friends and Colleagues,

Tonight is the last chance to catch “Being Mortal” and an opportunity to earn 2.0 credits of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility (2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits) – Don’t miss out!

Join us from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, you’ll be a part of a national dialog taking place in our community that helps clinicians and individuals address difficult end-of-life decisions. “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 the 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

“Being Mortal” Community Screening Event

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/mortal-community-screening-event/

Death, while inevitable, is one of the hardest things to talk about. But a growing national movement warns that not broaching this subject leads to a very difficult end for families and loved ones. What matters most to you? If you knew you were dying what would be your wishes and preferences?

Come join us Wednesday, March 22, 2017 and participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps for communicating end-of-life goals. We will view the PBS Frontline film, “Being Mortal”, which follows Dr. Atul Gawande as he speaks with colleagues and patients/families who are facing the end, and addresses why physicians aren’t particularly good at handling people going through the last phase of life.

You can watch a short trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRkr09ZMI3w

We hope to see you on the 22nd!

The free screening is made

Cancer on the Rise in Younger Adults

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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

“Being Mortal” LAST CHANCE!

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/mortal-last-chance/

If you missed us yesterday and the film “Being Mortal” there’s still another chance to see this amazing documentary. We will have another FREE screening next Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

You can watch a short trailer here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRkr09ZMI3w

With National Healthcare Decision Month around the corner (April), this is the perfect time to view this documentary and get a discussion going with your family and loved ones about end-of-life decisions. “Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. It follows surgeon, Dr. Gawande, as he shares stories from people and families he encounters. After the screening you can participate in a guided panel discussion and learn how to take steps toward identifying and communicating wishes about end-of

FREE Community Event Reminder!

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/free-community-event-reminder/

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

Don’t fall into this 30 percent. Join us tomorrow from 7:00-9:00 a.m. at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for the free screening of “Being Mortal”. 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.

There’s still time to RSVP! See this documentary, join the conversation, and explore what matters to you. All are welcome! We hope to see you there!

For more information or to RSVP email njuliano@cchlv.com

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Are You Prepared for the End?

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/are-you-prepared-for-the-end/

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We’re getting close to the free screening and discussion of the PBS program “Being Mortal” on March 15, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 a.m. at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. You will be a part of a national dialog taking place in our community that asks “Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?”

This film delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. It investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. We will watch surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

After the screening, you can participate in a guided co

“Being Mortal” Come Join Us!

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/being-mortal-come-join-us/

Have you had a conversation with your family and loved-ones about end-of-life goals and preferences? This free screening on March 15, 2017 may help you get started.

Watch a short trailer here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v-VRkr09ZMI3w

Come see this moving documentary, join the conversation, and explore what matters to you.

All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

(This screening will be from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on the date listed above at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, in the hospital auditorium-1st floor, co-hosted by CompassionCare Hospice. For more information please email njuliano@cchlv.com)

 

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Low Vision Becoming an Issue For Many

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/low-vision-becoming-an-issue-for-many/

As the last of the baby-boom generation nears the age of 65, the number of visual impairment and blindness is projected to “boom” itself, according to recent studies funded by the National Eye Institute. The number of Americans who are visually impaired, including low vision, is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050!

Low vision is when people have difficulty seeing, even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, and surgery. People with low vision may find it challenging to perform everyday activities – reading the mail, shopping, cooking, or watching television. It is caused by eye injuries, health disorders, or birth defects. 2.9 million Americans suffer from low vision and this number is expected to increase to 72% within the next 14 years. Because the consequences of losing our sight are horrible to imagine people feel anxious, helpless, an