Comparison of Benefits-Home Health & Hospice

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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

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

We Support Local Veterans

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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

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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” 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

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

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

“Hope Is Not A Plan”

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/hope-not-plan/

You are invited to a free screening and discussion of the PBS program “Being Mortal” on March 15 & March 22, 2017 at Sunrise Hospital & 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?”
“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 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 con

Heart Attack Survival Tips

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Original Post URL: http://cchlv.com/heart-attack-survival-tips/

Each year, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack and heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in both men and women. If you or a loved one experiences heart attack symptoms, you should get to an emergency department right away (within an hour). It will mean a better recovery and quality of life for the future-and it can even safe your life.

Symptoms can vary from person to person but some of the most common are pain that spreads from the upper body (jaw, throat, and arm), sudden-increasing chest pain, sweating/dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid/irregular heartbeats, and fatigue/weakness. If you experience these signs call 9-1-1 right away. Chew an aspirin tablet why you are waiting for the ambulance. Don’t wait. Women reportedly wait 4 times longer than men to go to the emergency room. The longer you wait, the more damage to your heart and medical advances cannot

You’re Invited!

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Original Post URL: https://cchlv.com/youre-invited/

To a free screening and discussion of the PBS program “Being Mortal” on March 15 & March 22, 2017 at Sunrise Hospital & 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?”

“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 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 conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life