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Alzheimer’s Communication Tips - CompassionCare Hospice

Video: Tips to Improve Communication with Alzheimer’s Patients   Changes in Communication As Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month continues, we want to discuss a very important topic- communication and Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, a person’s ability to communicate gradually diminishes. Changes in communication vary from person to person, but there are several common issues… Read more »


Hospice Eligibility Checklist For Emergency Department Staff - CompassionCare Hospice

By Joelle Y. Jean, FNP Due to its busy nature, providers in the Emergency Room (ER) may not immediately identify patients for hospice care. Approaching patients or family members about hospice can also be challenging-especially if they have specific questions. This hospice checklist can help guide providers on when they should consider a patient for… Read more »


COPD Patients: Doctors Call For Earlier Hospice Referrals - CompassionCare Hospice

By: Wilma Peterson, RN According to the American Lung Association, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Due to the distress and panic caused by difficulty in breathing, living with COPD can be stressful for both the patient and the family. Doctors are beginning to call… Read more »


The Hospice Benefit for Veterans - CompassionCare Hospice

Care at no cost to Veterans and their families. CompassionCare Hospice collaborates with local VA agencies and programs to raise awareness about the benefit of hospice services for Veterans. As a Veteran, expenses for hospice-related services or enrolled veterans are covered in full. We Honor Veterans Program CompassionCare Hospice partners with the We Honor Veterans… Read more »


Common Hospice Qualifiers - CompassionCare Hospice

For many people, the decision to receive hospice care is made following the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. Even so, some families still question this decision. Here are some common Hospice qualifiers to help determine when it might be time to elect the hospice benefit.  Falls Frequent physician, ET and/or Hospital visits Weight loss and… Read more »


Music Therapy Benefits in Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

A Music Therapy Case Study | Joshua Gilbert, MT-BC Throughout life, song can positively affect us both physically and emotionally. It influences bodily functions that we believe are beyond our control, such as heart rate, blood pressure and release of the body’s natural pain relief chemicals. Music therapy offers significant benefits for patients, caregivers and… Read more »