By Terri Durkin, SLP
Springtime is not only a perfect time for home spring cleaning, but it is a perfect time to spring clean and detox your body as well. Your body needs attention after this harsh, snowy winter, especially when you have been providing care to a loved one with advanced illness.
Spring is a time of renewal. Internal spring cleaning will leave you feeling more invigorated and energetic. Read more
By Fran Moore, PT
After I saw my last patient of the day, I decided to stop by and visit a dear friend who is going through chemotherapy. Her husband had just undergone major surgery a few months ago, and she stayed by his side until he fully recovered. She never once complained, but I could see the toll that his illness had taken on her. She didn’t mind. She was able to give him exactly what he needed – her love, her presence, her being there when he needed her most.
And now the tables were turned. Less than a month after her husband’s final visit with the surgeon, she was diagnosed with cancer. She opted for chemo, and the side effects were devastating. I hesitated even going to visit her. But I wanted her to know that I cared. Read more
By Valerie Hartman, RN, CMT, CR
Hospice nurses and nurse’s aides working in end-of-life care all know how important it is to find the right product to soothe stressed skin. I think any caregiver at home or family member visiting a loved one in a skilled nursing facility or inpatient hospice unit will quickly notice skin changes. Lips almost always become dry when mouth breathing occurs; winter weather and heating make skin conditions worse for those confined inside; natural nutrition and elimination changes contribute to lack of hydration. Certain illnesses and medication side effects also contribute to skin and dry mouth conditions. Read more
By Sr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, MA, MS, LPC, Holy Redeemer Counseling Center
There is nothing good about pain and suffering, yet throughout life every human confronts them in any one of a hundred ways. We ask: “Why?”, “Why me?”, or “Why my loved one?”
Suffering and pain are one of life’s biggest mysteries. Even the most gifted speakers and authors are unable to permeate the depths of its meaning. They may offer us helpful insights and useful tools for dealing with pain and suffering, but it remains a troublesome mystery. People try to make sense of it and unfortunately fall short. Read more