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How Long Does Hospice Usually Last?

How Long Does Hospice Usually Last?

If you or a loved one has received a recommendation to enter hospice care, it’s important to know you’re not alone. We know you likely have a million questions running through your mind, and we are here to answer them, starting with “How long does hospice usually...

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Does Hospice Care Mean Death?

Does Hospice Care Mean Death?

Hospice is not a death sentence. Unfortunately, there’s an association in our society between hospice care and death. But, this is not reality. Hospice care helps patients live their lives to the fullest — in the most comfort and peace — no matter how long they are in...

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What is Hospice Care?

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is an exceptional kind of care focusing on the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their caregivers. Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the final stages of incurable diseases to allow them to live as fully and comfortably...

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Grief and the Holidays

Grief and the Holidays

The holidays are a time for cheer, warm fuzzy feelings, and family. But, for people who have just lost loved ones or are dealing with their loved one’s terminal illness, the holidays can be an extremely lonely and depressing time. It’s important to know that you’re...

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World HIV/AIDS Day

World HIV/AIDS Day

December 1st is World HIV/AIDS Day. This year’s theme for HIV/AIDS Day is“Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.” Since 1988, organizations and individuals worldwide have observed World HIV/AIDS Day to bring attention to the HIV epidemic and...

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COPD Awareness Month

COPD Awareness Month

November is National COPD Awareness Month. Nearly 16 million American adults live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease that kills more than 150,000 people in the U.S. and more than 3.2 million annually across the globe. Keep reading to learn...

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day

We wanted to take some time this Veterans Day to commemorate all of the veterans who have served our country. Each year, on November 11th, we gather to pay respect to those who have served for our nation’s freedom. While we celebrate the admirable service of these...

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Many Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients and their families turn to hospice and palliative care to ensure their final days together are filled with comfort, harmony, and the best care. MS is a condition that worsens over time, meaning as the disease progresses, more care...

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American Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month — a month set aside to recognize and bring awareness surrounding a condition that affects almost one in five Americans. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects blood sugar and insulin. National Diabetes Month comes with many...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women. Statistics show that around one in eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. Women between the ages of 40 to 49 are encouraged...

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Liver Awareness Month

Liver Awareness Month

October is Liver Awareness Month — a month designated as a time to recognize and raise awareness about the importance of liver health and the causes of liver disease. Our livers serve many vital functions, including: Breaking down, creating, and balancing nutrients...

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Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Did you know that September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day? About 36 million older adults fall every year—resulting in more than 32,000 deaths. On this Falls Prevention Awareness Day, we wanted to share some tips for older adults to prevent slips and falls,...

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Aging Awareness Day

Aging Awareness Day

September 18th is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The holiday is intended to call attention to the growing number of people living full and long lives with HIV and all of the aging-related challenges that come with HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and...

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Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day

September 12th is National Grandparents Day — a day that’s dedicated to celebrating grandparents! Being a grandparent is an amazing and heartwarming venture, but did you know that studies have shown that grandparents and grandchildren have a special connection that...

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World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. The international campaign is intended to raise awareness and money as well as challenge the stigma around Alzheimer’s.   World Alzheimer’s Month is a good time for a refresher on what Alzheimer’s is and its symptoms,...

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National Grief Awareness Day

National Grief Awareness Day

August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day. Why would somebody create a day celebrating grief? The day was created by Angie Cartwright in 2014. Cartwright was familiar with loss and became consumed by her grief. She wanted to find a way to support other people going...

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World Lung Cancer Day – August 1

World Lung Cancer Day – August 1

August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day. We wanted to take some time to raise awareness about a  disease that impacts many hospice and palliative care patients and their families. Lung cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers around the globe. It claims...

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Happy Birthday, Medicare!

Happy Birthday, Medicare!

Medicare’s and Medicaid’s birthday is July 30, 1965. We wanted to take a moment to say “Happy Birthday” to one of the United States’ most outstanding healthcare achievements. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the nation’s federal health insurance...

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 National HIV Testing Day

 National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is recognized as National HIV Testing Day across the nation. Knowing your HIV status helps you stay healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. Perhaps...

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National Nursing Assistant Week

National Nursing Assistant Week

National Nursing Assistant Week is June 17-24, 2021. We wanted to take some time to recognize the invaluable role nursing assistants play in delivering the best end-of-life care possible. National Nursing Assistant Week is a great time not only to show appreciation...

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Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Month is commemorated nationwide every June with the goal of bringing awareness to health issues all men face. The month is dedicated to enriching men’s health and wellness via a broad spectrum of national screening and educational campaigns. ...

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Did you know that someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds? There are currently 50 million people across the globe living with dementia. That number is expected to more than double and reach 132 million by 2050. Every June, the Alzheimer's...

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What Qualifies a Person for Palliative Care?

What Qualifies a Person for Palliative Care?

People who have been diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and a number of other serious illnesses are eligible for palliative care.  The primary goal of palliative care is to facilitate...

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What Are the Five Stages of Palliative Care?

What Are the Five Stages of Palliative Care?

There is no set age or milestone one must reach to determine when an individual should go into palliative care. Instead, it is determined on a case-by-case basis. But, it is still important to understand that palliative care is an excellent way to help patients get...

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

According to the ALS Association, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis— more commonly referred to as “ALS” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which causes a loss of control of voluntary muscles. The nerves that...

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Regional Patient Care Manager Announcement

Regional Patient Care Manager Announcement

Oklahoma Palliative & Hospice Care is proud to announce the promotion of Heather Hinson to Regional Patient Care Manager Oklahoma Palliative & Hospice Care is a community-based organization dedicated to palliative and hospice care. They are proud to announce...

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National Kidney Month: Renal Disease

National Kidney Month: Renal Disease

March is known for St. Patrick’s Day, melting snow, and the long-awaited return of the sunshine. But, did you know that March also happens to be National Kidney Month? The month is intended to raise awareness nationwide about kidney disease, also called...

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Hospice & Hospital Fast Facts

Hospice & Hospital Fast Facts

Every year, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization puts together a report with statistics on the state of hospice in America. With that report, we have compiled this list of hospice and hospital fast facts. Hospice is a term for a broad range...

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New Palliative Program Manager

New Palliative Program Manager

Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care of Colorado Springs is Proud to Announce Jennifer Powell's Promotion to Palliative Program Manager COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - May 21, 2020 - PRLog -- Founded on Christian principles, Colorado Palliative...

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