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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - February 2023

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Coping with Caregiver Guilt

Providing care for a loved one can take a significant toll on a family caregiver, both physically and mentally. Despite their best efforts, caregivers often experience feelings of guilt and inadequacy, believing that they could and should be doing more. This burden of caregiver guilt only adds to the already challenging nature of caregiving, making it even more difficult to manage.
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Understanding Medical Alert Options

Seniors and individuals facing serious illness are at an increased risk of falls. There are many options for medical alert systems that summon assistance in an emergency. It’s important to choose the right medical alert device for your situation.
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What Does Hospice Mean for Jimmy Carter?

Former President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he had started home hospice care after a series of short hospital stays. As praise for the 39th president rolled in, so did quite a few questions about what this means for the 98-year-old.
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Infections and Antibiotics in Hospice Care

Hospice patients are at high risk for infections due to their underlying disease, poor nutritional state, and medications like steroids. Not only is the prevalence high, but the type of infection can vary. Studies have shown that symptom control may be the best objective when making decisions to start antibiotics.
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Activities for Dementia Patients: Greeting Cards

In the early stages of dementia, it is common for individuals to lose their sense of time and place. Caregivers should stay calm and upbeat, offering gentle reminders of the day and time. Large calendars that show just the current date can also be helpful. Unfortunately, this disorientation will only increase over time.