CompassionCare Partners with Helping Hands

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/compassioncare-partners-with-helping-hands/

Both CompassionCare Hospice and Helping Hands of Las Vegas serve seniors throughout Southern Nevada. Like CompassionCare, Helping Hands services are free of cost to individuals and help them to remain independent for as long as possible.

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley was established in 2000 and is a non-profit organization with the mission to provide free, assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada, allowing them to maintain their dignity and independence while improving health and daily living. They have a food pantry and provide transportation and respite care services.

Helping Hands food pantry is stocked with non-perishable items and offers a free bag of food and/or paper goods once a month to clients who meet eligibility requirements. Clients must be 60 years of age or older, show proof of Nevada residency and proof that their annual income

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“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!

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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

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/happy-saint-patricks-day/

Between 1820 and 1930, nearly 4.5 million Irish immigrants arrived in the United States. Americans today exchange about 8 million St. Patrick’s Day cards annually and spending on this celebrated day reaches up to 4.4 BILLION!  Nearly 39% of the population (122 million Americans) spend money on food and parties.

What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. Here are a list of some local festivities:

Luck of the Irish Luncheon” Celebrate your heritage with corned beef, cabbage, corn bread, cake and of course…green punch. Friday, March 17th 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Doolittle Senior Center: 1930N J St. 702-229-6125. Cost is $6.00

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“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

CompassionCare Hospice Is Hiring!

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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)

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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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Stopping Treatment

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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

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

Hospice Levels of Care

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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

Dying With Dignity

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/2504-2/

There’s no denying the inevitable, one day we will all pass away. But somehow many of us don’t believe it, this is can pose great issues in dying with dignity.

We need to look for ways to experience a better ending, we need to reflect on our own deaths and begin the process of accepting our mortality. This can happen through conversations with family members, physicians, and planning ahead. Of course we should have hope if an illness strikes us, but hope for immortality is not a plan. As we age or become ill, the goal may switch from hope for a longer life to hope for more attainable goals like living pain-free and spending time with tho

Caregiving Conversations

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/caregiving-conversations/

Taking care of someone with a chronic illness like cancer can pose unique challenges. Despite this, millions of parents, children, siblings, partners, friends, and neighbors put their lives on hold to care for someone they love. Every day, they put someone else ahead of themselves and sacrifice their own personal priorities. Not only do they advocate for their loved-ones but they also are mindful and respectful of their family members wishes.

Being a good listener is important in caregiving. Only one person understands the pain of being a patient, and that’s the patient themselves. None of us know what it’s like to be in his or her shoes, a person with a serious illness and those without live in two different worlds. Listening is one way of connecting with one another. Try to understand your loved ones view about the price they are willing to pay when dealing with a life