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Dr. Clevis Parker Appointed to NHPCO Board of Directors

ProCare Hospice of Nevada delivers hospice and palliative care to adult and pediatric populations within the Las Vegas and Pahrump community.
Las Vegas, Nevada – ProCare Hospice of Nevada is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Clevis Parker to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Board of Directors for a three year term. Appointment to the Board of Directors demonstrates a high level of commitment to quality end-of-life care in the community.

Dr. Clevis T. Parker, Sr. currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer for ProCare Hospice of Nevada. As amember of NHPCO, ProCare Hospice provides specialized care to adult and pediatric aged persons facing life limiting illnesses. This includes patient specific comfort care, education for families and caregivers related to disease and care, as well as bereavement care provided through grief support services.  As a strong advocate of hospice and palliative care, Dr. Parker supports hospices by providing education on the role of the hospice medical director from a regulatory and clinical perspective across the country.

“For their commitment to our organization and the nation’s hospice and palliative care community, we welcome these new members to the NHPCO board of directors and extend our appreciation to those continuing their board service. Our board members come from programs that vary in size, structure, and service area and represent the wide range of organizations across the country that share our common goal of leading person- and family-centered care,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.
NHPCO and ProCare Hospice of Nevada are proud to partner in addressing the growing need for quality, patient-specific end-of-life care. Learn more about the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization at
Learn more about the programs and services ProCare Hospice of Nevada offers at
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ProCare Hospice of Nevada participates in Charity Golf Tournament!

ProCare Hospice of Nevada participates in Desert View Hospital’s Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

ProCare Hospice of Nevada participates in Desert View Hospital's Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament! March 4, 2015 at Mountain Falls Golf Course.

Derrick Montemayor, Greg Walski, Adam Perelgut and Mark Birnbaum ( featured left to right )

ProCare Hospice of Nevada participates in Desert View Hospital's Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament! March 4, 2015 at Mountain Falls Golf Course 2.

Derrick Montemayor, Greg Walski, Adam Perelgut and Mark Birnbaum ( featured left to right )

Desert View Hospital hosted its second annual charity golf tournament at Mountain Falls Golf Club to benefit the Desert View Hospital Foundation, a non-profit that directly benefits Pahrump residents. Special thanks to everyone involved!

The Many Faces of Loss and Grief

There is a universal truth of existence that applies to all, and this truth declares that there are two constants in life relevant to every human being, and none have immunity to these matters. These are the constants of change, and death. The compassionate staff at ProCare Hospice of Nevada knows firsthand that these two constants are also the direct source of Loss and Grief. Death happens and the loss brings grief. Death is the change that comes to all, but this inevitable part of reality can be understood in order to ease unnecessary emotional suffering. The purpose of this blog is not to take away your pain, but to offer insight so that one can help their own self to find solace and reprieve in accepting and coping with the many faces of Loss and Grief.

Types of Grief

Grief is the response to loss of any kind, and or the anticipation of a pending loss. Psychologists have coined three categories of grief; Normal grief, Anticipatory Grief, and Complicated Grief.
Normal Grief is the most common and reoccurring, but is also the type that time cures and the ability to move on happens naturally. Each person is different and there is no formula to predict when and how one will move on, but it is common with Normal grief that a person can continue to function and handle their daily business. Symptoms of Normal grief include, sadness, insomnia, confusion, an inability to concentrate, emptiness and many other expressions of emotional distress, but with Normal Grief healing and getting back to normal is just a matter of time.
Anticipatory Grief is the type most commonly cared for by the staff at ProCare Hospice of Nevada. This is the type of grief that is bought on by knowledge of pending loss of a loved one, or pending death of self – do to terminal illness. As soon as one accepts death is approaching the grief process commences. For this desolation there is no easy button to press and make all things better. Yet, there can be preparation, and the nurturing of acceptance. If it is a loved one you are anticipating losing there can be quality time spent together and the cultivation of a sense of closure. If it is coping with your own pending loss there are places like ProCare that offers hospice services that are all about catering to you and making life great for the time one has remaining.
Complicated Grief is a type of emotional disorder layered with depression and anxiety that is often paired or grouped with other types of grief; such as, chronic grief, distorted grief, and or delayed grief. This is a condition where healing is prolonged and the ability to function daily is difficult, or even worse daily life is suspended, and grieving is the dominant content of ones day.

Types of Loss

Types of loss; include loss of a spouse/ or loved one, loss of a parent or sibling, loss of a child, loss from a disaster, and loss of health/limb, or acceptance of a handicap. Loss is usually sudden, or anticipated. It is usually when loss comes unexpectantly that coping is most difficult. Mourning and grief is the reaction to loss.
ProCare Hospice of Nevada is here to serve our clients by providing the care, compassion, and assistance to aid individuals and family in facing the many faces of loss and grief. With ProCare, you and your family will never feel alone. And the hopes of acceptance are our tools to make time and your life, as it is, appreciated and well spent.

Effect of Hospice Care on Loved Ones

For people with a life-limiting illness, hospice care can help maximize quality of life for the time they have left. Instead of staying in a hospital, patients can remain at home and receive nursing care. Hospice workers assist with basic tasks such as bathing and dressing, as well as monitor a patient’s symptoms, condition and overall health. A patient’s family members also benefit from hospice care, because hospice offers counseling services that can help both patients and their loved ones cope with the changes they’re facing as a result of the illness.



Emotional and Spiritual Support

While many people choose hospice for the physical and medical care it offers, the counseling services and emotional support are equally beneficial — both for patients and their families. Hospice organizations typically help patients and those close to them prepare for what the illness will bring and how it will affect everyone. They also offer grief and bereavement counseling to help family members deal with the loss of their loved one.


Advocacy and a Team Approach

Receiving a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness can be overwhelming both for patients and their family members. They might not know where to turn or what to expect. They may also feel overwhelmed by the many facets of medical care they must address. For example, they must keep track of medications and watch for possible complications. Hospice takes a team approach that includes physicians, nurses, social workers and counselors. Together they create a plan that best meets the patients’ needs and can ease some of the burden on both the patient and their family members.


How ProCare Hospice of Nevada Helps Loved Ones

At ProCare, we provide counseling services to both patients their families. Our staff includes social workers, counselors, and spiritual care coordinators. Family members benefit from emotional and spiritual support services both while the patient is ill and even after the patient passes. In fact, family members can take part in support groups and individual counseling for at least one year after their loved one passes. These services are provided at no charge.


For compassionate hospice care in Las Vegas, turn to ProCare Hospice of Nevada. We can provide services customized to the needs of you and your loved ones, so that you can all better navigate this trying time.

Knowing When to Consider Hospice Care

Hospice care provides supportive care to patients in the final stages of a debilitating or terminal illness, allowing them to remain at home instead of in a hospital. It’s also an option for people who opt for palliative or supportive care instead of on trying to cure their condition. For example, some illnesses require treatment that is invasive or causes extreme side effects. These patients might prefer to focus on maintaining a high quality of life and remaining comfortable during the time they have left. At ProCare Hospice of Nevada, we can help you determine if hospice is the right choice for you and your family.


Who’s Eligible for Hospice Care

Hospice provides services for patients diagnosed with (but not limited to):

  • Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Renal Failure
  • Stroke

Hospice care is available to anyone who meets criteria. At ProCare Hospice of Nevada, you will be given appropriate and professional hospice care.


Benefits of Hospice Care

Hospice care can ease the burden not only on patients but also on their family members and other caregivers. This service not only provides medical treatment, but also counseling and spiritual support to help patients and their loved ones to help them deal with their diagnosis and prepare for what’s to come. In addition, hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private healthcare insurance providers, meaning patients and their families don’t have to foot the cost of the bill.


When to Choose Hospice Care

Even if you or a loved one is eligible for hospice, it’s not the only option and might not even be the best choice for your situation. However, you might want to consider it if the treatment for your condition is painful or uncomfortable and impairs your quality of life without providing significant medical benefit. In this case, hospice care can alleviate some of the symptoms of your condition without requiring inpatient care or invasive procedures.


You might also consider it if you want to remain at home during the final stages of your illness instead of in a hospital. With hospice care, a nurse will visit you regularly and you’ll still have access to medical care, but you can remain in your home as long as possible.


The staff at ProCare Hospice of Nevada specializes in providing compassionate care to patients in the Las Vegas area. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a life­limiting illness, we can help you decide if hospice is the right choice for you. Call us today at (702) 380-8300.

Receiving Hospice Care

Seeking Hospice Care

Finding out that your loved one is terminally ill can be very difficult. You may not know what you should do, or even what your options are. When you find out that your loved one is no longer responding to treatment, you may find that making choices on options is difficult and stressful.


Finding out that your loved one is no longer responding to treatment for their illness does not mean that you need to give up. However, it may be time for you to seek hospice care.


What to Expect with Hospice Care?

Hospice treatment is intended to focus on the quality of the patient’s life. At ProCare Hospice of Nevada, a Las Vegas hospice, we have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, aides, social workers, counselors, therapists and volunteers who are specially trained in providing comfort to a patient at the end of their life. We will work with your primary care physician and treating physicians to find the best course of comfort and symptom management tailored to the patient’s needs. We also offer different holistic treatment options as well counseling to you and your loved ones.


Do Not Give Up

Receiving hospice treatment does not mean that your doctors and family are giving up on you. Life is a precious thing and should be valued. With your hope and our help, we are dedicated to making sure that our patients find dignity, comfort and peace.


Call us today to learn more about how hospice care can benefit you or your loved one.

What to Know about Hospice Care

The Need to Know

Finding out that the treatment you are receiving for your illness is no longer working, can be devastating. Some people may think that there is no hope and nothing else that can be done. This, however, is not the case. Hospice care is an option that you should consider. Hospice care is recommended to those where pain management is more important than the continuation of aggressive treatment.


What You Get

Receiving hospice care does not mean that you will stop receiving treatment from your primary doctor. In fact, at ProCare Hospice of Nevada, a Las Vegas hospice company, we will work with your primary physician. We also will provide you with the support from: personal physician, hospice physician, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, counselors, spiritual care coordinators, volunteers, certified nursing assistants, registered dietitians, physical therapists, and speech therapists.


You Get Options

While we do offer traditional means of treatment for pain management, we also provide a holistic approach to treating pain management. Some treatment options include gentle touch, range of motion and lymphatic massages.


We are Here to Help

We understand that you and your family are dealing with the emotional struggle of knowing that your treatment is no longer working. We believe that while you may be sick, you are still a human being and you deserve to be treated as such. We believe that caring should continue even when hope may seem impossible.


Call us today to discuss any questions that you may have regarding hospice care. We are happy to help.

Hospice Care

What is a Hospice?

When learning about hospice care, it is important that hospice is not a place, but rather a philosophy of care. Hospice care provides support to patients and their families when their illness is no longer responding to treatment. Hospice care provides support for a patients physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.


Benefits of a Hospice

Receiving hospice care does not mean that you are giving up. Instead, with hospice care you will still be receiving treatment for your illness. When you first seek hospice treatment, you will work with a team to develop a care plan.


You will also receive treatment from specialized physicians who are dedicated to your comfort and well being.



Receiving hospice treatment does not mean that you cannot recover. Many patients who receive hospice care show signs of improvement. Some even discontinue using hospice care. However, you are always able to resume hospice care if needed.


Let Us Help You

At ProCare Hospice of Nevada, your Las Vegas hospice, we understand that it can be difficult to learn that your illness is no longer responding to treatment. In your fight for life, we will provide you and your family with the assistance needed to get through this time in your life. Call us today at (702) 380-8300 and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding hospice treatment.

The Difficulties of Illness

When you have a loved one who is terminally ill it can be difficult to care for them. While you may be doing all that you can, you can feel like it is not enough. When it comes to illnesses, people usually think that the difficulty lies solely with patient, but in fact the people who are taking care of the patient experience a lot of hardships and stress as well.


If you are a caregiver, there are certain things that you can do in order to alleviate some of the stress that you are going through.

  • Make sure that you are getting the right amount of nutrition and rest so that you will on top of your game when it comes to treating your loved one.
  • Get help. If you have friends and family that are able to help have them help. You can also seek hospice help.


Caring for a loved one can be very difficult and stressful, but when it is someone that you love you are willing to make the sacrifice to help them. ProCare Hospice of Nevada can help you care for your loved one, even if they are at your home. ProCare will be able to help not only the patients with their treatment and quality of life, but they can also provide assistance to the family.


When a family member has a terminal illness, you do have options. ProCare Hospice of Nevada will help you to feel like you are not alone in the process of taking care of your loved one. They will help you to make your loved one comfortable and satisfied during their final stages of life. They can offer you and your loved one peace of mind with regards to the situation you are in.


When your loved one is terminally ill, call ProCare Hospice of Nevada—your Las Vegas hospice—so that you can get the treatment needed for your loved one.

Hospice Misconception

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to hospice care. Many people believe that a hospice referral means that the patient is imminently dying and that they should give up on their care. But, that is not the case. In fact, this is just one of the many misconceptions about hospice care.


Hospice care is high quality care that focuses on quality of life, symptom management and comfort. A hospice is not a place for people to simply come and die but rather a philosophy of care that focuses on each patient, individually.


Hospice care is 100% covered by Medicare and Medicaid and is covered by most private insurances. If you are in need of hospice care, you should not be worried about the cost.


Hospice care is meant for anyone with terminal or life limiting illnesses. Hospice is not only for people with a specific illness, but rather for anyone who is terminally ill.


When it comes to hospice care, you can be certain that you are going to receive complete care, ranging from physical treatment to spiritual treatment. You can also be assured that you are receiving treatment for your illness without being made to feel like you are just another body passing through. ProCare Hospice of Nevada provides this care to its patients and their families.


If you are in need of a Hospice, call ProCare Hospice of Nevada—your Las Vegas hospice—today.