Tag Archives : caregiving

General Medical · Health

Caregiving: Positive Steps to Take

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Pat has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D. to consult with a wife who is overwhelmed with caregiving for her husband and is seeking advice about ways to share the responsibilities and the steps she can take to improve her quality of life.

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General Medical · Health

Hospice Care: A Primer for Patients and Their Caregivers

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Hospice care at home is not turning the home into a hospital, but making the home environment a safe and comfortable place to die. Hospice nurse Kimberly Hone explains how a hospice team educates caregivers on how to give the patient hands-on care; manages the patient's pain; offers crisis (emergency) care; and helps shepherd caregivers through their loved one’s dying process.

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Family & Friends · General Medical

Being in the Moment with Mom

By Julie M. Danis
By Julie M. Danis

Mom was mobile but unsteady. Getting in and out of a car was an act of faith on both our parts. We often waltzed our way out of a potential disaster into a waiting seat.“Would you like to dance?” I asked, turning our swaying into a dip. “Oh, yes,” she said with a smile.

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General Medical

For U.S. Caregivers, Many Changes

By Susan Baida
The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP have just released a new report about caregivers in the United States, an update of the last one issued in 2004. In just five years, I am amazed by some of the new information, and how significantly some of the numbers have changed. The report is based on interviews with 1,480 caregivers throughout…
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Family & Friends · General Medical

A Special Assignment

By Julie M. Danis
Special work assignments usually offer special experiences. Like the time I cooked and test-marketed new hamburger sandwiches — mushroom Swiss and pizza barbecue — as part of a promotion for a fast-food chain, or when I ran catering triage behind the scenes of a professional golf tournament. These out-of-the-office jobs opened my eyes to real assembly-line production and the unglamorous…
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Emotional Health · Family & Friends · General Medical

Susan Baida: eCareDiary, Building Community, and Sex in the Workplace

By Susan Baida
We at WVFC were thrilled to discover an essential new resource and “neighbor” on the World Wide Web:  eCareDiary.com, an online community formed in late 2008 for those of us caring for elders in our families. In some ways, this is the challenge of our generation: balancing, sometimes, multiple dimensions of caregiving for several generations, each with its attendant financial…
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