As your loved one ages or becomes ill, they may need assistance with using the toilet. This may seem intimidating, but if you approach it with a matter-of-fact demeanor, it will be easier for both of you.
Mental health is as important as physical health, but many people don’t get the help they need to support good mental health. This can create many challenges in a person’s life and in their medical care. When a hospice patient is also diagnosed with mental health challenges, special care is taken to include mental health support into their plan of care.
Looking back on March of 2020, many of us would have never believed that we would still be struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic today.
It is encouraging that there is better news on the horizon with the rollout of the vaccines. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are being used across the United States. Johnson & Johnson, and its pharmaceutical arm Janssen, is also working to receive emergency use authorization (EUA) for its own vaccine with Johnson and Johnson recently approved by the FDA for EUA.
Diabetes and heart disease are two of the most common diseases among adult Americans. While these are two separate diseases, they are often interrelated. Those with diabetes are actually two to four times more likely to also develop heart disease. In addition, those with diabetes are also more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke.
Even with the arrival of a vaccine in record time, the very beginning of 2021 will likely look very similar to the darkest days of 2020. On the bright side, new approaches – many propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic – continue to advance the care of vulnerable individuals facing their end of life.
A language barrier can sometimes present a difficult obstacle for physicians, patients, and their families to overcome. Throw in the fact that many different cultures have many different understandings of end-of-life care and it can be even harder to ensure these patients and families understand the truth and value behind these services.