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Caregiving Monday: 9 benefits of hospice

Caregiving Monday: 9 benefits of hospice

    Hospice is a great resource when the time comes.  They provide equipment, supplies and assistance at no charge.  If you think you need hospice, I’d advice that you speak with your doctor about the manner.   Hospice is usually called in with the decline of that patient from cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.  Your doctor or local hospice can give you more information. Just remember to be thankful for all that the workers do. Some of the assistance provided…

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Caregiving Monday: 9 Things to Remember When a loved one is dying

Caregiving Monday: 9 Things to Remember When a loved one is dying

Eventually our time as a caregiver will come to an end and our loved one will pass on.  This can be a very tiring and trying time.  This is also a bittersweet time.   The end of a painful journey is coming to an end but you are also saying a final goodbye to that loved one. This can be a long goodbye at times lasting from a few hours to a few weeks. So what should you do when your…

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Caregiving Monday: Grief in Alzheimer’s

Caregiving Monday: Grief in Alzheimer’s

Recently a dear friend of mine with Alzheimer’s mourned the loss of his wife.  He would often twists his wedding ring when thinking about her and asks questions.  There were times when he was quiet and other times when he had bursts of anger.  All of this is a natural part of the mourning process. Alzheimer’s does not stop our loved ones from grieving when they lose a loved one, whether it is a sibling, spouse, or child. So how…

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Caregiving Monday: When You’re Next in Line

Caregiving Monday: When You’re Next in Line

Within the last month, GG* has said goodbye to two of her first cousins.  One of these cousins she was very close to.  For the last year, all the two of them talked about was turning 90.  Their birthdays were only 29 days apart.  Sadly, our cousin died four days before her 90th birthday.             Her birthday was a bittersweet day for all of us.  We knew she was better off and no longer in…

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Caregiving Monday: When Heaven Nears

Caregiving Monday: When Heaven Nears

When my grandmother, GG*, discovered her first cousin had passed, her response was “I’m the oldest now.” She has few first cousins left on either side of the family and is the oldest and next to oldest living on each side.                What GG did not voice, but the rest of us understood her saying was, “I’m next.” We know that she is ready, whenever the time comes.  She grows tired much easier now and has often told us in…

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