Sleeplessness in Hospice

How to Help Your Loved One Sleep Better at Night

Is Insomnia Becoming a Problem? A patient receiving hospice care will sometimes find their previous nightly rituals and patterns of sleep disrupted. There are quite a few reasons why this happens ranging anywhere from medication side-effects to psychological conditions. For instance, studies have shown that people with cancer could be affected by anxiety or depression, which in […]

What Do I Do Now That My Spouse is Gone?

Grief After The Fatal Toll Of Mesothelioma Written by Dr. T. David Willets (GC-C) Jessica and Michael finally made it!  Empty nesters.  After years of raising three kids, the big day came. Their youngest moved away to college.  It was a bitter-sweet moment as she backed out of the driveway, into the street and around […]

Activities to Enjoy with Your Loved One

Taking care of a loved one as they begin to near the end of their days can be filled with many joys and challenges.  There will be times when a caregiver struggles to come up with memorable and engaging activities for their loved one to participate in. When facing a terminal illness, your loved one […]

Springfield hospice elderly winter care

How to Keep your Loved Ones Warm this Winter

The body’s ability to regulate its own temperature changes as it ages. That’s why it’s extremely important for a senior’s temperature to be monitored during the chilly winter months.  It’s worth considering that the number of cold-related deaths, such as hypothermia, significantly increases for those aged 75 and older.  Hypothermia is a threat for seniors […]

Relational Resolutions: Improve Your Relationships in the New Year

Relational Resolutions Some senior adults say they’re too set in their ways for New Year’s resolutions. However, resolutions can be about more than losing weight or breaking a bad habit. No matter what your age or place in life, you can use relational resolutions to improve your relationships in the New Year. Here are some […]

Top 5 Gifts for Seniors

The hardest people to buy for… If you’re like most of us, the hardest people on your Christmas list to buy for are the oldest. I could never think of what to buy for my parents growing up, and now that I’m grown up it’s even harder. This is especially true if you have a […]

‘Tis the Season for Seniors! 10 Great Holiday Activities for Seniors

Seniors and Holidays Holidays are times when we love to get together with family and friends. However, older family members may occasionally get left out. Certain activities become difficult for seniors over time. My family has always had a holiday tradition of going to movies together around Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mother is now 85 […]

“The Extasy of the Gods” Happiness in the Sermon on the Mount

As we’ve put together our series entitled, “What Jesus Said About Happiness,” we have discovered lots of wonderful things. This blog entry is about one of those discoveries. We hope you find it as wonderful as we have. Makarios Many readers will know that the New Testament was written in Greek. Therefore, what we read […]

Shorter Days and Dementia: Fighting Late-Day Confusion

Late-Day Confusion One of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is late-day confusion. Often called “sundowning,” this phenomenon usually worsens as the days get shorter. If someone you care for has dementia, you may notice them getting more confused and agitated in late afternoon and evening. As the days get shorter, […]

Visiting Hospice Patients: Top 5 Questions Answered

Visiting a Patient in Hospice Care If you know someone in hospice care, you may have concerns about visiting. Will you disturb them? Will you make them feel worse? Will they be able to enjoy your visit? These are all valid questions, and their answers may depend on specific circumstances. However, there is one question […]