end of life care

Sunday April 15th, 2012

If you are selected to be "power of attorney for health care"

National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, encourages all adults to complete an advance directive. This document names a "power of attorney for health care," sometimes called a "proxy." The proxy is authorized to make medical decisions should a patient become unable to speak or think independently. Being chosen to act as someone's health care proxy is a role of honor and responsibility. If your relative has selected you, consider these tips. Prepare for the role 
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?
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.
Tuesday November 22nd, 2011

Is your home safe for older guests?

If you expect older visitors this season, check your home for hazards. Older adults often have impaired balance and vision. This makes them prone to falling, especially in new surroundings. And fragile skin and bones can mean double trouble if someone does take a spill. Here are some tips. Home entry Early darkness and wet walkways can add to risk of a fall. Turn on outdoor lighting and make sure stairs have a sturdy handrail. Living/dining areas
Wednesday November 16th, 2011

Get help changing Medicare plans

If you are dissatisfied with your relative's current Medicare coverage, it's time to get into action! Changes are possible only once a year. This year, the annual open enrollment period starts and ends EARLIER than before: October 15 to December 7. Here’s a quick review of the parts of Medicare:"Original Medicare"
Monday November 7th, 2011

Why is Dad so thin?

Source: SeriousIllness.org It’s unsettling when a family member is losing weight unexpectedly. If the doctor has no medical explanation, perhaps it’s the result of one of these common situations:Access to food