When Sandy Doolittle began working at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in 1999, there was just one office serving both Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. There were fewer than 50 patients and Sandy was the first full-time bereavement coordinator to work at the site.
When Hospice News reached out to Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care last November requesting an interview with an expert on trauma-informed end-of-life care, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Timothy Ihrig recommended longtime Crossroads Cleveland Site Medical Director Dr. Walter George.
When caring for a loved one at home, a family caregiver will need to learn some routine caregiving skills that will help keep their loved one comfortable. One important skill is how to reposition a bed-bound patient. You may have never thought about how to turn an adult over in bed before, but lying in one position can cause painful pressure injuries.
This past year has been a difficult one. We have all had to adjust our lifestyles from work to school to entertainment to protect ourselves and our communities. These changes have been hard on many people. But there are many ways to help and show support for others from the safety of home as a volunteer.
Winter months stuck in the house can be tedious. Simple crafts can be an easy way to break up the day and engage your loved one with dementia. This simple snowman candle craft turns everyday items from around the house into a cute decoration. It creates a shared fun activity and adds a bit of light to dark winter days.