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What’s the Difference? Hospice vs Palliative Care - 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… Read more »


Let’s Talk About Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

You may or may not have heard about hospice care before, in fact, most people have not. It’s a subject that gets avoided constantly and unless faced with an unexpected crisis, almost always never talked about. Some understand the basics but many believe the numerous misconceptions, such as: “It’s for dying people.” “They provide counseling… Read more »


Tips To Support Someone Experiencing A Loss - CompassionCare Hospice

Throughout our lives there will be moments when we ourselves or someone we love will experience loss. It could be for a number of things- loss of a loved one, pet, divorce, job, or a traumatic event that has taken place. Whatever the tragedy, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to help get through a… Read more »


Mammography-What You Need to Know - CompassionCare Hospice

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness in October leaves no better time to talk about mammograms. Getting one is cringed upon by many women but these are necessary as we age. There are benefits to mammograms, and if you haven’t went for your first exam yet, here are some things to prepare you. Of course the biggest benefit of getting a mammogram is early… Read more »


Breast Cancer Awareness Month - CompassionCare Hospice

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will pass away from this disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Similar to hospice, breast cancer has many myths associated with… Read more »


Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Difference - CompassionCare Hospice

The month of September we recognize and bring attention to World Alzheimer’s. The terms Alzheimer’s and Dementia are often used conversely because people believe that they carry the same meaning. These two different diagnosis are related, however, differ from one another and can become confusing when talked about. Dementia is defined as a brain disorder that… Read more »


Volunteers Wanted - CompassionCare Hospice

Hospice volunteers are essential when putting together a hospice team. Medicare guidelines require hospice organizations to have and utilize volunteers in addition to their paid employees, volunteers help to support hospice staff and also relieve caregivers. They make scheduled visits as needed based on their availability and willingness. They are unpaid, yet can be priceless. Many people imagine themselves becoming volunteers, making a… Read more »


National Grief Awareness Day - CompassionCare Hospice

Today, August 30th, is a day that recognizes the grief that can consume us when we lose someone we love. The effects that death can have on us, vary from person to person. A woman named Angie Cartwright founded National Grief Awareness Day in 2014. Familiar with loss, she too became lost in her grief and… Read more »


Hospice Medications - CompassionCare Hospice

When we aren’t feeling well we look to our physicians and trust that they will provide us with proper medications to treat our conditions and make us feel better. This is most important with a hospice patient when comfort care is the main goal of any and all treatments. Many believe that hospice stops all medications… Read more »


Hospice Services - CompassionCare Hospice

Hospice. Let’s face it, it’s an intimidating word that people don’t like to say. No one wants to think or talk about dying. But in reality, people live longer with hospice mostly due to the close monitoring of their pain and symptoms caused from a life-limiting illness or disease. With hospice, the patient is in control…. Read more »