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Blog: Hospice Views

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Five Gifts for the Family Caregiver

You might know someone who’s a caregiver. They gracefully fill every hour of every day with caring for a loved one, managing a household and juggling work, bills and childcare. They somehow squeeze it all in, leaving little time for themselves. If this sounds like someone you know, this holiday season, remind them that you're there to help and that self-care is essential. Give them a gift to help them care for themselves.

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Grief and the Holidays: Three Tips to Help You Cope

With decorations up in every store and Bing Crosby on the radio, it's hard to miss that the holidays are fast approaching. For most, this is a time to spend with family, sharing meals and exchanging gifts. But when a loved one has passed away, the holidays can be a harsh reminder that there’s an empty seat at the table.
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Becoming a Family Caregiver: 10 Tips

When a loved one becomes ill, family and friends are often thrust into the caregiver role, creating questions like:

  • What do I do first?

  • What kinds of help can I get?

  • Where can I look for help?

When you’re acting as a caregiver, whether it’s happened suddenly or was a gradual transition, it’s important to understand your role and who can help. Here are 10 tips to help you become a caregiver.

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What in the World Is Roxanol?

Morphine sulfate is the gold standard in the treatment of pain and shortness of breath in end-of-life care. It’s a valuable tool for symptom management in the hospice setting.

So what is it? Well, let’s start with the basics of morphine. Morphine is a drug that hospice nurses are well-versed in, and it’s a safe and effective medication when given in appropriate doses. The doses should be administered at prescribed intervals, and increased slowly to address escalating pain. The medication can only be given by order of a primary care physician or the hospice medical director.