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Thursday March 1st, 2012

Skin care and aging

Source: SeriousIllness.org The skin is the body's largest organ and its essential "armor." To maintain good health, skin needs extra attention as we age.  The skin has three layers. Working together, they act as the body's
Wednesday February 29th, 2012

HPCC & The Enrichment Center Build A Veterans Garden

Hospice & Palliative CareCenter and The Enrichment Center are working together to create a special Veterans Garden on the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter campus. The proposed design has been carefully conceived to respect the natural beauty found on our picturesque campus off of Burke Mill Road. The focal point of the garden is a flag pole elevated above a raised circular flower bed, the interior of which will contain custom handmade benches, designed and created by the talented artists from The Enrichment Center. The garden design is wheelchair accessible and welcomes visitors in for reflection and respite.
Tuesday February 21st, 2012

Lessons from the seriously ill

Source: SeriousIllness.org In casual musings, a long-time hospice nurse blogged her list of common end-of-life regrets. While these are by no means the only ones we've seen, they do ring true for many who are experienced in end-of-life care. Consider using them as inspiration to engage in reflection. What can you do NOW to be sure YOU don't have any of these regrets?
Wednesday February 8th, 2012

How to find a good doctor

Source: seriousillness.org When a family member is having health issues, having a smart doctor on the case is a top priority. But where do you go to start looking? Contrary to what you might think, you can find a lot of useful and trustworthy information on the Internet. Andrew Schorr, author of The Web-Savvy Patient, makes these specific recommendations:
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Thursday February 2nd, 2012

Choosing healthy ways to cope

It's a new year. A natural time for personal review. Do you have a good self-care plan? It's common for family caregivers to fall in with not-so-great coping habits. Here's a look at two areas where family caregivers frequently shortchange themselves. Food. Stressed and on the go, fast food and easy sweets often seem like the only option. We all know that's a recipe for a health disaster! Consider these swift, healthy alternatives:
Wednesday January 25th, 2012

Does Medicare pay for help at home?

If your relative is homebound but needs to connect periodically with a medically trained specialist, Medicare may pay for visits to the home. Medicare does NOT pay for help that is nonmedical in nature. For instance, Medicare does not pay for help with cooking or housekeeping, even if the need is because of a medical condition such as Alzheimer's disease. Medicare DOES pay for medical visits. Home health visits can include:
Wednesday January 18th, 2012

Choosing healthy ways to cope

It's a new year. A natural time for personal review. Do you have a good self-care plan? It's common for family caregivers to fall in with not-so-great coping habits. Here's a look at two areas where family caregivers frequently shortchange themselves. Food. Stressed and on the go, fast food and easy sweets often seem like the only option. We all know that's a recipe for a health disaster! Consider these swift, healthy alternatives:
Thursday January 12th, 2012

Walk the Labyrinth!

Walk the Labyrinth!  ...an opportunity for release, reflection, and renewal as you enter a new year! The labyrinth is for everyone:those who are searchingthose who are grievingthose who want to quiet a busy mindthose who seek new beginningsThe labyrinth is for you.
Wednesday January 11th, 2012

Hope and serious illness

In the context of serious illness, one's greatest fear is that the condition will be fatal. Feelings of hopelessness are common-and a life without hope is grim indeed. The challenge of terminal illness is to learn to live with dying, to find purpose and meaning even in the face of a limited future. Without purpose, you risk the death of emotions while you are still alive. Even if a condition is incurable, it is possible to have hope. It's simply that your definition of hope must change.