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Samantha and I helped one of our patients celebrate his 90th birthday yesterday! He came to us just hoping to make it to his 90th birthday but with great care by Samantha and the rest of the team, he’s looking forward to more. 🙂

Cake by one of our Social Workers – Heather, and candle be-grudgingly loaned by my 2 year old Audrey. 😉

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A new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine found that among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, those who received hospice care lived, on average, almost two months longer than those who received standard care. Researchers also found that the patients receiving hospice care reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their illness.

The goals of hospice care are to improve the quality of a seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and their family during and after treatment. Sharing the same philosophy of hospice care which is usually provided in the final months of life, palliative care may be provided at any stage during a serious or life-limiting illness.

We’ll begin highlighting Compassion Hospice success stories – we have a team right here in Southeast Texas delivering world-class quality care.

Compassion Hospice Salutes Veterans

Compassion Hospice is a proud partner of We Honor Veterans, a national project developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

American’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. We as a hospice may provide the last opportunity for Veterans to feel that their service was not in vain, and that they are appreciated. Simple acts of gratitude at the end-of-life can make up for a lack of appreciation or recognition during the Veteran’s lifetime, especially for those Veterans who were never welcomed home or thanked for their service. Veterans may also have experiences from their military service that present unique needs at the end of life.

By partnering with the NHPCO and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Compassion Hospice seeks to thank those who served and give them the Hero’s Welcome they deserve.

More info can be found on our We Honor Veterans  Page

Compassion Hospice Honors Veterans

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Compassion Hospice will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans we proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away – and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

What is a Hospice Volunteer?

Hospice Volunteers Offer Necessary Support

By Angela Morrow, RN

Hospice volunteers are volunteers who have donated their time and resources to support hospice patients, caregivers, and staff. They are an essential part of our well-run hospice program. Hospice volunteers may do a number of important tasks that range from assisting in office work to sitting at a dying patient’s bed side. Because a hospice agency needs many volunteers to succeed, there are plenty of jobs for volunteers to do that utilize an individual’s talents and skills.hospice volunteers are important

The Many Jobs of a Hospice Volunteer

Some services a hospice agency can offer are based solely on the types of people they have volunteering and their personal talents and skills. For example, a hospice agency that has certified massage therapists and beauticians volunteering will be able to offer those services to their patients whereas an agency without these types of volunteers won’t.

Below is a list of just some of the many jobs a hospice volunteer may do:

  • Administrative work – making photo copies, filing paperwork, assembling admission packets, etc.
  • Social visits – visiting patients at their place of residence to offer them companionship and support.
  • Caregiver relief – assuming care of a patient for a couple of hours to allow the caregiver time for a break.
  • Massage therapy – certified massage therapists may offer various types of massage to patients. Some agencies also sponsor staff appreciation days with free mini-massages for hospice staff.
  • Beautician/barber services – licensed beauticians and barbers may donate their services to patients in the patient’s home setting. This is an especially helpful service for patients who cannot make it to a salon or barber shop.
  • Aromatherapy – trained aroma therapists use scents to aid in relaxation and pain relief. Some hospice agencies offer aromatherapy training for their volunteers.
  • Pet companions – pets that are trained and certified companions can be taken to patients homes, nursing facilities, or inpatient hospice facilities to provide companionship and pure pleasure to hospice patients.

There may be other duties for hospice volunteers, depending on the agency’s needs, the skills of hospice volunteers, and the needs of patients and families. No matter what skills you possess, if you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our coordinator Melissa at 409-835-8357 .

Our new commercial, featuring our Medical Director Dr Maria Blahey, has been playing for the past few days – it’s a great summation of our excellent team’s goals for comfort, dignity, and respect.

If you, or a loved one, needs help, please give us a call at 835-8357.

As your loved one reaches the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the care needed intensifies. At this point, your loved one will be totally dependent on you for care and unable to remember much of their life. You’ve heard people talk about hospice care, but may not know exactly what it all entails, and how it relates to Alzheimer’s patients.

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When Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, everyone realizes that there is no cure — but the end of life still may be years away. Sometimes it is referred to as “the long goodbye” because people who have Alzheimer’s live with the disease for years. This leaves caregivers to wonder how to know when it would be time to call for hospice care.

Your loved one is experiencing a loss of memory and will eventually lose the ability to communicate and to do activities of daily living. If your loved one has trouble swallowing, no appetite, multiple episodes with pneumonia or another opportunistic infection, chances are, he or she has reached the end stage of the disease.

To qualify for hospice care, you loved one’s physician will need to certify that patient is expected to live less than six months if the current illness runs its normal course.

Hospice is an approach to care that strives to give the patient the utmost in comfort, freedom from pain and dignity. Once your loved one begins hospice care, you will be introduced to a team of people – physicians, nurses, social workers, and trained volunteers – to help your loved one live his/her final days to the fullest possible in terms of comfort. Most people continue to live at home during the end of life stage

Hospice professionals understand the dying process and can help families understand what is happening to their loved ones. End-of-life caregiving is extremely stressful and tiresome for family caregivers. Most hospice services provide respite services. It can be very sad and difficult for the caregiver to realize that the end is near, and the hospice team will also provide support and counseling for the family caregivers.

Hospice professionals understand the dying process. Their dual purposes are to provide comfort care to the patient and loved ones and to help families understand what is happening to their loved ones. Caregivers and families also need special care during this process. End-of-life caregiving is extremely stressful and tiresome for family caregivers. Most hospice services provide rese se and other supports and counseling for the family.

Hospice care, as long as it’s within the last six months of life with the illness, is most often covered by Medicare.


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