Bridging The Gap in the Hospice Unit

This last Sunday was my final training day in the hospice unit at the hospital. We had to do three classroom and three hospital training days. Nothing you learn in the classroom will really ever prepare you for what really happens "on the unit." It was the best day ever, but I'd like to tell you a little about what hospice volunteers do....more

Eternal Rest

I was here working on a scarf last night; not for long as my eyes were tired and almost ready for bed. I received a text on my phone. Sue had passed. It’s over. My friend had gotten her wish to be with her Mom. After the text from the caregiver, around ten minutes later, Sue’s husband phoned me to let me know. I told him I was so sorry, and he started to tell me how he was waiting on hospice to come. He knew the day was coming but he was in shock.He cared for her for the last four years and was married to her for the last thirty-two. I guess I’d be in shock too. ...more

Good bye my friend.

I do sick calls for the Church. I see three, maybe four people.One of them is my pal Sue. After getting off the phone now, I have mixed emotions.Her secondary caregiver informed me they started her on hospice yesterday. She is getting morphine for pain every four hours. **sigh** ...more

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The Elizabeth Hospice It is 3 p.m. the Friday before Thanksgiving. You have a sense of the days passing by with nothing to show for your efforts. You have a need to accomplish so much before Thanksgiving Day. You are tired, wish this was not happening and cannot wait for it all to be over. Sound familiar?...more

One Ask Act of Love

The Elizabeth Hospice - One Ask Act Of Love...more

Caregiver, Wife, Mother

While it is true that most of us wear an assortment of hats throughout our lives, what happens when we take on the responsibility of wearing more hats than we can manage to balance on our heads? This may be your scenario if you, like many baby boomers, have an elderly parent who needs end-of-life care, plus a husband and maybe even children at home. Since cloning yourself is not an option, how do you pick and choose how to divide your time among all these people who need you? Your maternal instinct is telling you to care for everyone, but is that realistic?...more

20 Tips for New Caregivers

Caregiving is a stressful and demanding job and to complicate matters, most new caregiving situations have a very quick onset giving the caregiver very little time to prepare for their new role.  As a result, many caregivers may not fully prioritize their own health. Caregiver health may in fact be the most important priority of all, but it is easily overlooked when one is constantly caring for another while also trying to balance the challenges of a busy life....more

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Planning a trip to visit a loved one is a great way to relax and reconnect with family. It’s the best time to just be you and not worry about school, projects, business meetings or keeping up with the Joneses. Though many of us get to see relatives on a fairly regular basis, many are not as fortunate. A year or more may lapse before everyone’s schedule syncs up long enough for a visit and it’s important to make the most of it when you do get the opportunity....more

Six Tips For Communicating With Elderly Loved Ones

For many of us, caring for and communicating with an elderly loved one can be quite the challenge. Though aging is something we may have been expecting for a while, it can be a very uneasy process to watch our loved ones decline in cognitive and communication abilities....more