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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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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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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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” Extended! More Chances for CME’s!

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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

Free Seminar at Prestige Assisted Living

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The mention alone of the term “hospice” can be sensitive and end-of-life discussions and planning can be difficult to approach. Join us to learn more about hospice care, the services it provides and how to determine if this type of care is appropriate. We’ll also share the basics around how to choose the best hospice provider for you or a loved one. “Hospice Care 101” will be presented by CompassionCare Hospice Community Education Nurse, Julie McIntosh, on Wednesday, March 29th from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Whether you’re a family member, professional provider, or simply want to further your education you are invited to attend. All seminars are free and open to the public!

Space is limited for this FREE educational series, sponsored by Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma

Oregon Most Prepared In Advanced Healthcare Planning

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People diagnosed with a serious illness or frailty in the state of Oregon are more likely to have their end-of-life care wishes honored, and, consequently, less likely to be hospitalized. These individuals are more likely to use home hospice services compared with Washington state and the rest of the country, according to data published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This data looked at utilization trends for Medicare fee-for-service, including the percentage of patients who died at home, died in hospice care, were admitted to an intensive care unit in the last 30 days of life, or were discharged home after hospitalization in the last 30 days of life. The trends for Oregon were much different than the other states – Nearly 2/3 of Oregonians die at home, compared with 39.6 percent of Americans nationwide. Intensive care unit use in the last 30 days of life in Oregon was 18

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

Cancer on the Rise in Younger Adults

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 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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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

St. Patrick’s Day L