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New post (The Hospice Referral Process) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Modern medicine has always focused on the cure. But what if there is no cure? In the past we used to be told , “Nothing more can be done.” With hospice, there is much more that can be done.
Anyone with a progressive, life-limiting illness or condition may be appropriate for hospice. A patient themselves, a loved-one, or their physician may recommend it. Patients of any age with any end-stage illness can be referred. The sooner the patient is referred, the better. Many say the only regret they have about hospice is they didn’t call sooner.
CompassionCare Hospice responds within 30 minutes after a referral is received. Our Admission Nurse Specialists are available to answer any questions you and your family have and help you understand the nature of your illness, and how to have the best quality of life possible.
Click on the link below to learn more about CompassionCare and the referral process.
http://lasvegashospiceserviceeducation.com/video_post_type/hospice-referral-process-compassioncare-hospice/


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/hospice-referral-process/
Categories: Advanced Hospice Care Planning, aging parent, caregiver support, Educational Videos, hospice awareness, hospice criteria, Hospice Education, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education, Life-Limiting Illness, Palliative Care
Tags: Aging Parent, caregiver support, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Hospice, Hospice Services, Las Vegas, life-limiting illness, Nevada, North Las Vegas, Palliative Care, Southern Nevada

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New post (Men's Everyday Health) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to bring awareness and action to being healthy, safe, and encourage the men and boys in our life to make their health a top priority. In the United States more than 300,000 men are diagnosed with some type of cancer each year. The most common types are skin, lung, prostate, and colorectal. Lung cancer being the leader in deaths among men-most cases from smoking cigarettes. If you or a loved-one smokes, take the first step in quitting today, it’s never too late to stop.
Excessive alcohol use is another factor in men’s health. Men are more likely than women to drink heavily and consistently have higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations. Abusing alcohol can also interfere with testicular function and male hormone production resulting in impotence and infertility according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, and fat.
Start taking care of your health today. See a doctor for regular checkups even if you’re feeling fine and get proper screening tests that are right for you. This is important to do because some diseases don’t show symptoms right away. Stay up to date on important immunizations and take note of any changes you may notice, like depression.
Click on the link below to learn more about why it’s important to keep up on your health.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/mens-health/men-and-doctors-understanding-the-disconnect.aspx  
 
 


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/mens-everyday-health/
Categories: Hospice Education, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education, Men's Health, Uncategorized
Tags: CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Las Vegas, Men's Health, Nevada, North Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

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New post (Beat The Heat) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

There are many things you can do to beat heat-related illnesses. Infants, kids, and the elderly are most sensitive to heat changes and require the most attention. It’s best to stay indoors when the temperature and heat index are at an ultimate high. Keep hydrated and remain inside where it is air conditioned. If you must go outside make it short and take precaution. Protect yourself and others by wearing sunglasses, hats, and proper sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
Review the symptoms on this chart and if you or a loved-one experiences any of these, take action immediately or call 9-1-1 if necessary. If you experience heat exhaustion or stroke, its best to let your body recover. It may take several days or weeks-ask your physician when you can return to normal activities.


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/beat-the-heat/
Categories: Uncategorized
Tags: CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Las Vegas, Nevada, Southern Nevada

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New post (Hospices Now Offering Legacy Therapy) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Reflecting on memories and things we did throughout our lifetime is something most everyone does as they near the end. We can look at pictures, listen to particular songs, or tell stories to recall the past. Hospice services offer support to patients and families for these particular types of things-some now adding “Legacy Therapists” to their list of professional staff members.
The point of this particular service is coaxing out a patient’s most intimate memories and threading them into a last story (also called a life review) that can be recorded for family and friends. This new type of therapy offers a way to ease the pain of facing death, without drugs or medication. A patient is asked a series of numerous questions they must give answers to by the hospice chaplain or social worker and a psychologist. Many individuals are faced with feelings of isolation as they come closer to the end, they become more resistant in asking for help from family and loved-ones. This new service helps with these struggles.
The Legacy Therapists analyze and pick out parts of a patients story that have to do with meaning, purpose, and relationships so that they can leave behind the legacy they want. When people pass before they can share their story or fond memories-those things don’t get remembered-they pass along with the individual. This therapy allows families to talk about things they’ve never talked about before, to express what they mean to one another, and to say what they want to say before it’s too late.
Click on the link below for an article that explains more.
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article154520534.html


 


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/hospices-now-offering-legacy-therapy/
Categories: aging parent, caregiver support, CompassionCare Hospice, grief support, hospice awareness, Hospice Care, Hospice Services, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education
Tags: Aging Parent, caregiver support, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice Care Services, Hospice Services, Las Vegas, Nevada, Southern Nevada

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New post (Personal Care Services) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

While hospice services provide clinical support, there are other types of services that individuals and families also seek-one of those is Personal Care Assistance, also known as PCA services. PCA services are a type of home care services that help people with their non-medical health needs so that they can remain independent rather than relocating to a facility. Many of our elderly are medically stable and not in need of a higher level of care-they want to remain at home. PCA can help assist in elder needs so they can sustain their independence and quality of life.
PCA service help people with activities of daily living: Grooming, toileting, eating, bathing, dressing, and mobility/transferring. Many go a step further and assist with meal planning and prep, money management, running errands (doctor appointments), essential household chores, and getting around in the community. For those with more complex issues, caregivers can also assist those with memory issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Redirection and interventions for behaviors such as wandering can be observed and monitored.
PCA caregivers are required to complete a background check and go through thorough/continual training upon being hired. Most of these services are private pay, however, some agencies accept insurances. You or your loved one are matched with a suitable assistant that you are comfortable and compatible with. For more information on this type of service, click on the link below:
http://www.seniorresourcesandnews.com/Nevada/Las_Vegas_Nevada_In_Home_Care_Agencies.html


Original Post: https://cchlv.com/personal-care-services/
Categories: aging parent, caregiver support, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice Education, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education
Tags: Aging Parent, caregiver support, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

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New post (Don't Wait Until It's Too Late) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization voices their concern over the short lengths of service provided to hospice patients. NHPCO recommends that physicians, patients, and loved-ones discuss their end-of-life options before a crisis occurs-before it’s too late. Early referrals to hospice assure that pain and symptom management begin immediately and reduces unnecessary hospitalizations.
Anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness who is ready to forgo curative treatment can qualify for hospice services. These services are provided in the patient’s home and also provide support and education to the family/caregivers. This allows for more quality time to be spent with those we love. Both medications and medical equipment are also provided to the hospice patient-covered 100% by insurance. Access to services are available 24-7: support, spiritual, volunteer, and bereavement counseling for up to 13 months after a patient has passed.
Not only do patients experience a better quality of life, they actually sometime live longer than they would with conventional care. Once patients and their families experience hospice, they often say they wish they’d known about it sooner. Anyone can make a referral to hospice, CompassionCare responds within 30 minutes after receiving one. Our Admission Nurse Specialists are available to meet with patients and their loved-ones to discuss services in detail and provide an assessment for eligibility. If you’re faced with end-of-life care decisions, you don’t have to go at it alone, we are here for you. Don’t wait until a crisis occurs, call us today. 702-636-0200.


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/2734-2/
Categories: Advanced Healthcare Planning, Advanced Hospice Care Planning, aging parent, caregiver support, CompassionCare Hospice, hospice awareness, Hospice Care, hospice criteria, Hospice Education, Hospice Services, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education, Life-Limiting Illness, pain control, pain management, Palliative Care
Tags: Aging Parent, caregiver support, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice, Hospice Awareness, Hospice Care, Hospice Education, Hospice Services, Las Vegas, life-limiting illness, Nevada, Pain Management, Palliative Care

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New post (Preventing Hospital Admissions) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

If you or a loved-one are faced with a life-limiting illness you may find yourself making frequent visits to the hospital. This can not only become costly, but tiresome. Whether you yourself are making these hospital trips or it’s a family member you’re looking after, there are key things you can do in preventing these hospital readmissions from happening.
Before you are ready to be discharged from the hospital, the first time, be vocal in how you are physically feeling. If you’re not “better” or still are experiencing issues-say something to the doctor before you are released. Be sure you are clear on discharge orders and when you need to see your physician next, these follow-up appointments play an important role in keeping you from going back to the hospital. Knowing your medications and taking them properly prevent hospital readmission too.
Written instructions on what to do, when appointments , and how to properly take medications will help you stay on track when arriving home. Have a family member or friend there with you to gather information before you’re discharged-they can help you remember important information and remind you of anything you may forget later on. On the way home, stop and get your prescriptions filled, doing this promptly allows for little delay in starting your new regimen.
If appropriate you may want to consider home health, PCA (Personal Care Attendant), or home hospice services. All three of these programs can help assist you in your home and help you stay there. To learn more about these service or CompassionCare, call us today. 702-636-0200


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/2730-2/
Categories: aging parent, Health News, Hospice Education, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education, Uncategorized
Tags: Aging Parent, caregiver support, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Health, Hospice Education, Las Vegas, life-limiting illness, Nevada

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New post (Hospice Doesn't Terminate Life) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Many often falsely believe that hospice kills those who are in their care. Of course people die while receiving hospice; however, they die from their disease process. Not hospice itself. Hospice services honor the natural dying process while managing pain and other symptoms. Patients and family members frequently question the hospice’s use of pain medications and are concerned in addiction occurring-also false. Not every person dying suffers from pain, but those who do are carefully monitored and treated appropriately until the very end.
Hospice professionals are experts in pain management and aim to ease all pain and uncomfortable symptoms for a patient. One may want more medication to ease severe pain, while another may choose to tolerate more discomfort so they can stay more alert. These types of treatment plans are discussed and decided upon with the patient, hospice physician, and loved-ones. Taking into consideration, the best quality of life possible for each individual. The hospice team works together to address all the patient’s needs- from pain and other symptoms, current medication regimens, history of the disease, and emotional and spiritual needs as well.
When opioids are used appropriately, patients do not become addicted, they actually experience huge relief from intolerable pain. It is important to note that tolerance for larger doses can go up as a disease progresses and pain escalates. In these instances the hospice team will do what is needed until comfort is achieved, making med adjustments or trying different combinations of drugs, to name a few. Hospice trusts that patients are accurate judges of their own discomfort. Everything from over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen to the other end of the spectrum-morphine, can be administered. Treatments are chosen based on the patient’s values and beliefs and can change with the patient’s condition. Hospice staff are available around the clock  and make regular scheduled visits to support both the patient and family.
 


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/hospice-doesnt-terminate-life/
Categories: aging parent, caregiver support, chronic pain, hospice awareness, Hospice Care, Hospice Education, Hospice Services, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education, Life-Limiting Illness, pain control, pain management
Tags: Aging Parent, caregiver support, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Hospice, Hospice Awareness, Hospice Care, Las Vegas, Nevada, Pain Management, Southern Nevada

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New post (Hospice Doesn't Terminate Life) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Many often falsely believe that hospice kills those who are in their care. Of course people die while receiving hospice; however, they die from their disease process. Not hospice itself. Hospice services honor the natural dying process while managing pain and other symptoms. Patients and family members frequently question the hospice’s use of pain medications and are concerned in addiction occurring-also false. Not every person dying suffers from pain, but those who do are carefully monitored and treated appropriately until the very end.
Hospice professionals are experts in pain management and aim to ease all pain and uncomfortable symptoms for a patient. One may want more medication to ease severe pain, while another may choose to tolerate more discomfort so they can stay more alert. These types of treatment plans are discussed and decided upon with the patient, hospice physician, and loved-ones. Taking into consideration, the best quality of life possible for each individual. The hospice team works together to address all the patient’s needs- from pain and other symptoms, current medication regimens, history of the disease, and emotional and spiritual needs as well.
When opioids are used appropriately, patients do not become addicted, they actually experience huge relief from intolerable pain. It is important to note that tolerance for larger doses can go up as a disease progresses and pain escalates. In these instances the hospice team will do what is needed until comfort is achieved, making med adjustments or trying different combinations of drugs, to name a few. Hospice trusts that patients are accurate judges of their own discomfort. Everything from over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen to the other end of the spectrum-morphine, can be administered. Treatments are chosen based on the patient’s values and beliefs and can change with the patient’s condition. Hospice staff are available around the clock  and make regular scheduled visits to support both the patient and family.
 


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/hospice-doesnt-terminate-life/
Categories: aging parent, caregiver support, chronic pain, hospice awareness, Hospice Care, Hospice Education, Hospice Services, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education, Life-Limiting Illness, pain control, pain management
Tags: Aging Parent, caregiver support, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Hospice, Hospice Awareness, Hospice Care, Las Vegas, Nevada, Pain Management, Southern Nevada

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New post (What You Can Do To Prevent Falls) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

During National Safety Month in June, the goal is to help individuals prevent injuries and accidental deaths by calling attention to common safety and health risks. Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. In our elderly, medication safety and fall prevention are at the top of the list, but both of these can be prevented.
Have your health care provider review your medications-even over-the counters. As we age, our bodies change the way medications affect us. Different combinations can make you dizzy, sleepy, and even cause falls. More than one third of adults 65+ fall each year in the US and these occur most in the home. Remove items that you can trip over-shoes, rugs, clothes, etc. and use non-slip mats in the bathtub or on shower floors, placing grab bars where needed.
Lighting is also key in fall prevention. Brighter lights as we age helps us see better, hang lightweight curtains or shades that will reduce glare. If you have stairs be sure these are clear of any clutter and are well lit as well. Wear shoes both inside and out of the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers if you aren’t steady on your feet.
If you have a loved-one you’re concerned about who lives alone, you may want to consider getting them an alarm device that will bring help immediately in case of a fall. Place a phone near the floor in case a fall occurs and that person cant get up. Also, keep emergency numbers near the phone so they can call you.
Click on the link below for more common safety tips that can help prevent accidents from happening.
http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets  


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/2721-2/
Categories: aging parent, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice Education, Las Vegas Hospice Service Education
Tags: Aging Parent, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, Hospice Education, Las Vegas, Nevada
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