“Apologize to your sister!” We can all remember this type of instruction from our childhood. You offer up a mumbled apology, share a quick hug, and then play resumes. Parents use these moments to teach the rituals of forgiveness. It often goes smoothly because the infractions of children are small – with no lasting impact.
The COVID-19 pandemic has added unexpected difficulties for those already reeling from the challenges of caring for a loved one with a serious health condition. Family caregivers are caught between ensuring their loved one is not exposed to any additional illnesses and getting them the support and care they need.
Even before COVID-19, social isolation has been a serious health concern in seniors. Some researchers have called loneliness as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. But with coronavirus precautions stretching into another season, it can be hard for seniors to see a light at the end of the social distancing tunnel.
Chaplains provide tremendous spiritual and emotional support to both patients and families as they come to terms with their diagnoses and end-of-life experiences. Contrary to what some may believe, the duties of the chaplain go far beyond simply joining patients in prayer.
Crafts are a wonderful activity to do with a loved one with dementia. In this blog series, we’ve listed a wide range of reasons. Crafts help with coordination and dexterity. Crafts can give someone with dementia a sense of accomplishment.