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Thursday August 20th, 2015

What to do after a death

If you know the end is near, anticipating the tasks that follow a death can make it easier when the time comes. Get the word out. Ask one or two family members or friends to contact others. Use your relative's calendar and address book for names. Don't forget the dentist, beauty shop, and other service providers. Contact groups your relative belonged to (bingo, exercise, community service, etc.). Consider placing an obituary in the local newspaper.
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Thursday August 13th, 2015

Living with purpose

"Meaning helps us see in the dark."  Rachel Naomi Remen, MD When life seems overwhelming, purpose helps us find meaning and stay true to our values. And research indicates that leading a purposeful life pays all kinds of dividends. People who report living with a sense of meaning and purpose are found to have
Thursday July 30th, 2015

The "Sandwich Generation"

Parents are living longer. Children are often dependent for more years than expected. Add to this the ongoing responsibilities to spouse/partner and jobs, and there is little wiggle room for the millions of family caregivers who find themselves in today's "Sandwich Generation."  It's easy to feel guilty and lose sight of the joy in your life when you are pressed on all sides. To support your resilience and make sandwich caregiving more gratifying, dedicate some quality time on a daily or weekly basis to each of your key relationships.
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Thursday July 16th, 2015

When Dad resists a walker

For many older adults, use of a walker carries great stigma. It's a symbol of disability and often of isolation. In actual fact, a walker can be the key to staying safely and actively engaged with favorite activities. A walker is superior to a cane because
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Thursday June 4th, 2015

Living with uncertainty

If you are supporting a seriously ill family member, your relative's condition and needs could change at any time. Such uncertainty creates practical problems. (You may suddenly need to leave work to take him or her to the doctor.) It also comes with an emotional cost. Doubts and the unpredictable can be hard to bear. You may put off decisions because you are not sure exactly how things will turn out. You may even find yourself wishing for something to happen right now, just to end the uncertainty.