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New post (A Social Workers Role in Hospice) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Each and every day social workers throughout the world work tirelessly to make our society a better place to live. Lending their expertise, talent, and tenacity to those who need it most. In March, we celebrate National Social Worker’s Month, and this lends as an opportunity to shine the spotlight on those who work in hospice care.
When we witness a loved one in their last few months of life it can be difficult on many levels, but a hospice social worker strives to help both patients and their families through the end-of-life process. The hospice team, which includes a licensed social worker, treats each patient as a whole, addressing their needs-physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The social worker, who’s assigned a patient upon admission, also helps loved-ones and caregivers navigate the practical and emotional issues that arise throughout the end-of-life journey.
Throughout our lives, most of us likely won’t have any interaction with a social worker. In fact, many might have negative thoughts when they hear the term. Sometimes assuming these individuals are only called in when something goes wrong, in hospice it’s a different story. Hospice social workers are working constantly to build community relationships and connect patients and families with viable resources that can help them. They are also on the lookout for future needs and possible areas of concern to ensure continuity of care and prevent crisis situations from arising. Perhaps the most difficult aspect to their role is discussing the most difficult and intimate of topics with people when no one else wants to. Social workers help prepare patients and families with knowledge of what they can generally expect during the dying process. One of the scariest things about this can be fear of the unknown. Social workers are often found providing support at the bedside, seeking not to guide the journey or determine the route, but instead to join their patients as they travel the final path of their choice.
The hospice social worker role is a labor of love and a daily juggling act to ensure patients have the best care possible.  A hospice social worker is an indispensable member of a great hospice care team.
 


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New post (SAVE THE DATE) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

CompassionCare Hospice’s Annual Memorial Service: Celebrate The Star of Your Life
Will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The Springs Preserve: 333 South Valley View at US 95 (we suggest you arrive early for parking and seating).
This service is FREE and open to anyone who has lost a loved-one, we just ask that you kindly RSVP to: CCHMemorial@cchlv.com. There will be a video montage played at the service, if you would like to submit a picture of your loved-one, please email the above address or you can also call 702-636-0200 and ask for the Bereavement Department for more information and instructions to follow. Please note that all pictures must be submitted by April 9th to ensure they will make it in the video.
For those who’ve attended in the past, we look forward to seeing you again this year. We hope you are finding peace on your healing journey.
 


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/save-the-date/
Categories: CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice Care
Tags: Annual Memorial Service, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice, Hospice Awareness, Hospice Services, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada
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New post (For The Love of Pets) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

At CompassionCare Hospice patient and family care are top priority. “Family” can mean a lot of different things too many people, and isn’t always blood related. Family can include a close friend, loved-one, caregiver, or even a pet. When a patient passes with CompassionCare Hospice and there is no one to look after their furry friend anymore, our staff continue the role as caregiver to these beloved animals.
Check out our news story below.
http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/local-hospice-helps-the-dying-with-pets-left-behind/987379361  


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Categories: CompassionCare Hospice, hospice awareness, Hospice Care
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New post (Ladies, Get Heart Healthy!) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

February marks National Heart Health Month and there are some important facts to know.
More fatal then all the different types of cancer combined, heart disease effects more women than men, surprising to most. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, heart disease is the cause of one out of every three deaths. And it effects women of all ages too, according to the American Heart Association.
For those younger, smoking cigarettes and taking birth control ups the risk of heart disease by 20 percent. Of course with age our risk automatically goes up, but not taking care of ourselves physically and over indulging can lead to clogged arteries later in life. Being born with an underlying heart condition also puts those at a high risk for the disease.
Just because you may show no symptoms, doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Because these symptoms vary greatly between male and female, they’re often misinterpreted. Television and movies have us believing that the revealing sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Other signs women should look out for include dizziness, lightheadedness, or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.
Good news-a few simple lifestyle changes can help prevent heart disease from happening. Below is a list of tips to help keep you on track.
https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/prevention-15/heart-healthy/12-tips-for-better-heart-health  


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/ladies-get-heart-healthy/
Categories: American Heart Association, CompassionCare Hospice, Health News, Heart Health
Tags: CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada
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New post (CompassionCare Hospice is Hiring!) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

CompassionCare Hospice is currently looking for both part-time and full-time Certified Nursing Assistants to join our team of professionals!
As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) you will: Assist nursing staff with patients’ personal care, emotional support, and activities of daily living.
More complex duties performed under supervision of professional nursing personnel.
Minimum Requirements include:
Completion of course for nursing assistants. Current Nursing Assistant Certification. Bilingual preferred, but not required.
Anyone interested may complete an application on our website or stop by our office located at: 7842 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, 89117. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Resumes can also be sent to bob.harris @cchlv.com
 


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New post (CompassionCare Hospice Blood Drive) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Did you know that every 2 seconds someone needs blood? One blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
CompassionCare Hospice along with the American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE
Friday, February 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 7842 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas 89117
We’re still in need of registrants! To schedule your appointment please log on to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: COMPASSIONCARE. You can also call 1-800-733-2676. If you have questions regarding eligibility to donate, please call 1-866-236-3276.
Start the donation process by completing an online pre-donation health history questionnaire on the day of your appointment – www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
Type O donors are needed! Seasonal shortages of type O are common because of the high demand. The American Red Cross is constantly recruiting type O positive and type O negative donors. More than 50 perfect of African-Americans have type O blood. About 60 percent of Hispanics have type O blood. And about 45 percent of Caucasians have type O. So if you are able, please give blood. It’s simple. And the satisfaction you get from knowing you’ve helped change a life is timeless.
 


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/compassioncare-hospice-blood-drive/
Categories: American Red Cross, Community Service Events, CompassionCare Hospice
Tags: American Red Cross, blood donation, Blood drive, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada
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New post (Holiday Table Talk) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

The holiday season always brings families together and can serve as a prime opportunity to have a conversation about what you and your loved ones want at the end of life. Some of the considerations you may discuss can include: the use of a breathing machine, starting dialysis, if you want to be resuscitated if you stop breathing, feeding tubes, or whether or not you wish to donate your organs someday.
Every year, some 12 million Americans need home services due to illness, disability, or end-of-life care. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent pass away in hospital and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 have actually done so.
Having a plan and making concrete decisions not only relieves your loved-0nes of these tough calls, but it also ensures that decisions made on your behalf are truly what you would want to receive.  For many, broaching this subject can be tough-talking about our mortality isn’t an easy thing to do.  A good starting point can be discussing important documents that everyone should have – Advanced Directives (also known as a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare). It is recommended anyone over the age of 18 complete one, healthy or not. This document allows a specific person you designate to make healthcare decisions for you in the event you cannot make them for yourself. It is important that you take careful consideration into who you choose to speak on your behalf. Select someone who you trust and know will follow through with your wishes.
There are several other important documents that an individual should have in the event a crisis occurs. Click on the link below for this important list and more information about end-of-life decisions.
https://www.caregiver.org/making-end-life-decisions-what-are-your-important-papers  
Sources: Retrieved from https://theconversationproject.org/  
 


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/holiday-table-talk/
Categories: Advanced Healthcare Planning, Health News, Hospice Education, Medical Information
Tags: Aging Parent, CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, CompassionCare Hospice Education, end of life conversations
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New post (What's the Difference? Hospice vs Palliative Care) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Both Hospice and Palliative care offer considerate care to patients who suffer from life-limiting illnesses, while also providing pain and symptom management and relief. Hospice care is palliative by nature, but there are important differences. Because more than 90 percent of hospice care is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, hospice patients must meet Medicare’s eligibility requirements, whereas Palliative care patients are not required to. To qualify for hospice care, as a rule, you must be within six months of passing and in a terminal state, if your disease follows its expected course. Patients appropriate for Palliative care can be in any stage of an illness-terminal or otherwise.
Here are some other differences and similarities between the two.
Hospice care can be covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances with expenses typically covered 100 percent. Palliative support is billed separately under a person’s regular medical insurance for individual items and services received (similar to a hospital or physician office visit).  A person is also responsible for prescription drug costs while receiving Palliative care-under hospice these are compensated.
Hospice patients typically remain in their own home, allowing them to be surrounded by family and loved ones. Palliative care is conducted in a hospital or nursing home setting, typically. One of the most important similarities between the two is that both of these programs offer support, not only to the patient but family members and caregivers as well. Hospice and Palliative care, together, encourage patients to live as active a life as possible and focuses on experiencing a better quality of life while LIVING with their diagnosis. As an auxiliary or enhancement to some of the more “traditional” care options out there, these two programs call for patients to receive a combined approach where medications, daily care, equipment, support services, and symptom treatment are administered through a single program.
For more information on CompassionCare and Hospice, or if you know someone who may benefit from either of these programs, call us today.
 
 
 


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Categories: Hospice Care, Hospice Education, Hospice Services, Life-Limiting Illness, National Hospice & Palliative Care Month, Palliative Care
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New post (November Is Hospice, Palliative Care Month) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

“It’s about how you live” is the theme for this year’s National Hospice & Palliative Care Month.
Hospice and palliative care organizations are the advocates and educators on advanced healthcare planning. We help individuals make decisions about the healthcare they would want to receive should they be faced with a serious or life-limiting illness, or if they were unable to speak for themselves. Learning about your options before being faced with a crisis and understanding what’s available to you and your family allows you to live each day to the fullest. Sharing your wishes with your family, loved ones, and physician leaves no question about how you want to be treated at the end-of-life.
Being diagnosed with a serious illness can be a hard pill to swallow, but how you choose to live is completely up to you. Hospice can help. Even when a cure is no longer available-comfort, compassion, and support is what hospice is all about. If you or someone you know is faced with a life-limiting illness, ask your doctor about hospice & palliative care. We can help you understand the nature of your illness, the likely outcome of your current course of treatment, what will happen next, and how you can have the best quality of life possible.
Click on the link below to read more about how hospice can help. For more information on CompassionCare, call us today 702-636-0200.
https://moments.nhpco.org/5-ways-hospice-can-help  


Original Post: http://cchlv.com/november-hospice-palliative-care-month/
Categories: Advanced Healthcare Planning, Advanced Hospice Care Planning, hospice awareness, Hospice Care, Hospice Education, Life-Limiting Illness, National Hospice & Palliative Care Month, pain control, pain management, Palliative Care
Tags: CCHLV, CompassionCare Hospice, Hospice Awareness, Hospice Care, Hospice Education, Hospice Services, life-limiting illness, Pain Management, Palliative Care
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New post (How To Be Safe on Halloween) has been published on CompassionCare Hospice

Tonight’s the night streets will be filled with little ghosts and goblins on the hunt for candy. Not only is Halloween popular with kids, teens and adults enjoy this night just the same. Whatever your plans may be everyone, should be safe. Here are some tips to help!
Planning a trick-or-treat route for your little one’s is always best, this ensures you know where they are going. An adult should always accompany children as they make their way around the neighborhood going door to door. Make sure your little superhero can see-and been seen by others. Give them a flashlight to carry for super dark areas or put something reflective on their costume. Face paint is also a good alternative to wearing a mask.
Of course only houses with porch lights on should be visited, never go inside and be cautious of animals that may be out too. When you get home to sort through all of the goodies you’ve collected be sure to remove loose wrapped candy, any open packages or choking hazardous material.
Flame resistant costumes should be worn by both children and adults as a safety precaution. Walk only on sidewalks-not on the street. Look BOTH ways before crossing the street and only cross at corners. Don’t’ cut across yards, alleys, or in between cars in a parking lot. For those who’ll be behind the wheel tonight pay close attention at all times. Keep anything that may distract you (like your phone) in your purse or back seat until you reach your destination. More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., compared with the same hours on other days throughout the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
(2017, October 27) Have Fun, Be safe on Halloween. Retrieved from URL: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Offers-Tips-For-Safe-Halloween-Fun  


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