Red Cross Month

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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

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CompassionCare to Co-Host Investigative Film

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SAVE THE DATE!!

Free community screenings of the “Being Mortal” documentary will be held at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 15th and March 22, 2017 (times to be announced).

After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation with panel members from both CompassionCare Hospice and Sunrise Hospital on how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

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 he encounters. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations t

Hospice Care With Expertise

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/hospice-care-with-expertise/

Hospice is a special way of caring for someone with a limited life expectancy, when the prognosis is discussed in terms of months rather than years. Hospice care affirms life. CompassionCare Hospice’s goal is to enhance the quality of life by keeping the patient comfortable and pain-free.

Hospice is a concept of care, not a place of care. Therefore, patients can receive hospice care wherever they call home. This may include a personal residence, nursing facility, assisted living residence, or a hospital setting. CompassionCare Hospice is charged with the mission of helping patients and families complete the journey of life in comfort, peace, and dignity. We are able to achieve our mission through the expertise of our hospice and palliative care certified hospice team.

Our team of medical staff oversee the medical component of the care. A hospice team usually consists o

Handwashing Awareness Week

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/handwashing-awareness-week/

As National Handwashing Awareness Week comes to an end, we are reminded of the importance of handwashing all year. National Handwashing Awareness Week is December 4-10, 2016. It is a win-win for everyone involved, except the germs.

Handwashing is one you can prevent the flu. Keeping our hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take avoid getting sick and getting others sick.

There are 5 simple yet effective steps of handwashing.

1) Wet – Wet your hands with clean water. The temperature doesn’t matter. Apply soap after wet.
2) Lather – Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to get everywhere.
3) Scrub – Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. The CDC recommends singing the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice is equivalent to 20 seconds.
4) Rinse – Rinse the soap

National Influenza Vaccination Week

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/national-influenza-vaccination-week/

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 4 – 10.

If you haven’t gotten your vaccine, you should probably consider getting it. The vaccination is the best way to protect you and you loved ones from the flu.

Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and March in the United States, although activity can last until late May. Remember, once you get you shot, it takes 14 days to take full effect. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. This year they are recommending the use of injectable flu vaccines or flu shots and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are important for those who are at high risk of serious complications from the virus. People at a high risk are pregnant women, children younger than 5 years of age, people
65 years of age and older, and people who have certain medical conditi

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week

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Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Awareness Week is December 1 – 7.

Crohn’s and Colitis both fall under the category of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (commonly shortened to IBD). Crohn’s and Colitis affect the gastrointestinal tract (commonly shortened to GI Tract). The difference between the two is: Ulcerative Colitis is limited to the colon (or large intestines) and Crohn’s Disease can affect any part of the GI tract. IBD affects about 1.6 million Americans. These diseases tend to be hereditary, and affect males and females equally. They are both chronic diseases. Caucasians are more likely to have IBD. It is hard to diagnose which disease the patient is suffering from because both have similar symptoms.

Common symptoms of the GI tract:

• Diarrhea
• Rectal bleeding
• Urgent need to move bowels
• Abdominal cramps and pain

World AIDS Day

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

December 1 is World AIDS Day.

It is a day to acknowledge the progress in HIV prevention and treatment around the world because we have made significant progress. But a world free of HIV, is what we strive for. There is still much that can be done. The theme for 2016 is, “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”

Globally, an estimated 36.7 million persons are living with HIV/AIDS. Each year, more than 1 million people die from AIDS-related causes, and 2.1 million people become newly infected by HIV. Two-thirds of new HIV infections worldwide occur in Africa. HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a sexually transmitted disease. It is spread through bodily fluids (blood, semen, and vaginal fluid.) A person infected may not notice any symptoms or may experience a brief period of influenza-like symptoms. HIV will eventually progress into AIDS or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. As

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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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/stomach-cancer-awareness-month/

“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

Aging And GERD

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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

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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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