Posted on March 23, 2018 in Caregiving TipsWhen we ask families why they’re calling us, we often hear it’s because a doctor told them there was nothing left to do. Too often, we hear this when their loved one has just days left to live. Even more often, we hear that families didn’t realize their loved one could have taken advantage of hospice services earlier.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2018
Posted on March 21, 2018 in Hospice EducationI see our social work role as a resource for individuals. Coming into a situation where somebody is at end of life, I see our responsibility to make sure that all their needs are being met.
Posted on March 21, 2018 in Caregiving TipsEdema is the abnormal buildup of fluid in the body. Congestive heart failure, cancer, and liver, kidney, or thyroid disease can cause this fluid to build-up in the lungs, stomach, or extremities. Certain medications or eating a diet high in salt can also cause edema or exasperate the condition. Proper edema management can help to control this condition.
Posted on March 12, 2018 in Caregiving TipsSir Winston Churchill once observed: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” Social workers can definitely relate.
Posted on March 9, 2018 in Dementia CraftsLiving with dementia can be a very lonely experience. Individuals with dementia tend to stop pursuing regular activities and pastimes due to memory or mobility issues or because they lack the confidence to leave their homes out of fear of becoming lost, confused, or stigmatized.
Posted on March 8, 2018 in Caregiving TipsCrossroads Hospice & Palliative Care comes to the patient whether they are in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or his or her own home. This allows the patient to remain where they are most comfortable while a team of hospice professionals supports the care being provided by family or facility caregivers.