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WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU; what to expect from Hospice | downtown-houston

December 20, 2012


The word “hospice” comes from the Latin word hospes: meaning to host a guest or stranger.  The modern hospice movement traces back to 1967 when Dame Cicely Saunders started St Christopher’s Hospice in England. We don’t like to dwell on the fact that we are all mortal but, in fact, we and our loved ones […]

Who can benefit from in home health care | downtown-houston

December 19, 2012


There are many things in life that can throw us for a loop but one of those at the top of the list must be the need for Home Health Care. Who could benefit from private duty home care? A family caring for an elderly, disabled or sick family member. A patient who has been […]

Do you ask yourself “how can I ever get through this?” Part 3, fear and worry. | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 5, 2012


The stress on a family caregiver can be immense and the tendency can be to focus on getting the job done and not take the time to examine the feelings and frustrations we feel.  As we focus on the job at hand we can begin to feel loneliness, boredom, fear and worry and a loss […]

Having to think about the unthinkable

May 27, 2012


This article comes from the LA Times so some information is specific to California.  I have posted Texas specific information in another blog.  Most people don’t like to plan for dying, but in our state of denial, we leave ourselves vulnerable to conditions we would never want. Arrangements for the end of life are essential. […]

Caregiver Humor: Finding Something to Laugh about in Not-So-Funny Situations – San Francisco health and happiness |

May 23, 2012


by Allen Klein Sometimes a laugh is the only weapon we have. —Roger  Rabbit Several years ago my father-in-law was very ill.  One time, when he came home from the hospital, it was his and my mother-in-law’s wedding anniversary.  I suggested that they invite a few friends over for dinner and I would do the cooking. […]

Alzheimer’s Patients Turn To Stories Instead Of Memories

May 18, 2012


Great story from NPR on Alzheimer’s and storytelling therapy. Alzheimer’s Patients Turn To Stories Instead Of Memories : Shots – Health Blog : NPR. You may also be interested in another blog entry about Alzheimer’s and story telling. If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia know that there are resources to help you. […]

Who’s calling palliative care “euthanasia”?

May 14, 2012


Two basic questions that we have all heard the answers to in one form or another: Why do you need advance directives? Why should you consider having a serious talk with family and friends about what your end-of-life wishes are? Here is another answer that you probably have not thought about – the caring medical […]