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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - February 2023

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Navigating Caregiver Guilt: Understanding, Coping, Healing

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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Infections in Hospice Patients: When to Treat with Antibiotics

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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Engaging Dementia Patients: Creating Greeting Cards for Holidays

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.
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Crossroads Patient's Love Story: Nancy and Bob Robinson

The beginning of Nancy and Bob Robinson’s love story has two versions – depending on who you ask. On a relatively unremarkable evening in 1969, 17-year-old Bob and his parents drove by a car on the shoulder with a flat tire. Bob and his father hopped out to help change the tire and get the driver safely on her way.