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Blog: Hospice Views - November 2014

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Five Gifts for a Loved One with Dementia

Finding the perfect gift can be a daunting task, but when you're shopping for a loved one with dementia, there’s an additional element to the challenge. You might think to yourself, “Will he still enjoy this?” or “He’s changed so much - what makes him happy now?” It doesn’t have to be hard, though. Just remember: your loved one with dementia is just a regular person and still has wants and needs just like the rest of us.

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Crafting with Dementia Patients: Thanksgiving Fun

Thanksgiving is a time for young and old to gather together to feast on traditional American foods like turkey and cranberry sauce, while taking the time to relax and enjoy being with each other. For a loved one with dementia, the event can be fun and festive, but it can also be stressful since it changes their routine for the day.
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How to Choose a Hospice - The RIGHT Questions to Ask

Hospice care can be a hot button issue. You’ve probably seen mixed reviews on the right hospice care, when to do it and the implications of a patient entering hospice care. It can be hard to tell the difference between accurate information and information that might be biased or poorly researched. In fact, Consumer Reports recently published an article, How to Find a Good Hospice Program, that featured six tips for finding the right hospice care that appear to be one-sided, and leaning toward a specific type of hospice: non-profit with inpatient care.

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Giving the Gift of Happiness To Those Who Need It Most

Ten years ago, Hattye Ashford was busy working and raising a family, and still finding time to do what she could to give back - primarily as a very active member of her church in Atlanta, GA. One weekend, her pastor did a Bible Study Workshop on what gifts the members of the congregation were offering. "Through the course of the discussion, it became clear to me that my presence was a gift I could offer," says Hattye, "especially to those who are left out and forgotten about."
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Five Gifts for the Family Caregiver

You might know someone who’s a caregiver. They gracefully fill every hour of every day with caring for a loved one, managing a household and juggling work, bills and childcare. They somehow squeeze it all in, leaving little time for themselves. If this sounds like someone you know, this holiday season, remind them that you're there to help and that self-care is essential. Give them a gift to help them care for themselves.

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