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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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

“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

Must Ask Hospice Questions

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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

“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

Stopping Treatment

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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

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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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

Understanding Hospice

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When you or a loved one has a life-limiting illness it can seem as though your world is turned upside down. You might feel powerless, scared and alone. Modern medicine has always been focused on the cure-but what if there is no cure? With hospice, there is still much that can be done.

Hospice is compassionate care focused on comfort. Care that meets the unique needs of each individual person while allowing them to make the most of every day. Understanding hospice prepares patients and families for the road that lies ahead. Remember, even in the face of a serious disease or advanced age, there is hope. Hospice care is provided by a core group of professionals who treat the whole person physically, emotionally, and spiritually. With hospice, you’re in control. You can consult with your physician and decide what type of care you want to receive. You can even leave hospice