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Caregiver tools to assist with the elderly at home.

Being a caregiver is one of the most challenging things you might do with your aging loved ones.  The following series is designed to ease your frustration and understanding of how to do things properly and safely at home.  Simply click on the link below each description to watch a short video. This series is […]

Click the Facebook icon in the top right corner to learn more about our activities

There’s a whole lot more to learn about us on our Facebook page.  We do so much every day with our patients from celebrating their birthdays, participating in activities and volunteering in their facility.  Simply click on the Facebook icon at the top, right corner of our page and you will automatically be directed there. […]

You don’t have to wait until the last days for hospice

Hospice doesn’t always mean that a patient is lying in a hospital bed waiting to take his or her last breath. A majority of patients have already earned their Federal hospice benefit. As long as a doctor is monitoring a decline of someone with a hospice diagnosis, they are eligible to receive this benefit as […]

Common myths of hospice care debunked

In the past 40 years, attitudes toward death and dying in America and much of the rest of the world have slowly changed. The hospice movement has grown considerably and now constitutes its own segment of the health care system. Prior to hospice, people often died alone, in institutional settings like hospitals.   While some […]

What can you do when someone is grieving?

What can you do when someone is grieving?  

This is why we do what we do.

This powerful photo comes from Snohomish County. Firefighters there granted a wish to an elderly hospice patient. The former forest ranger wanted to see the outdoors one more time, so the firefighters wheeled him through the forest, where he could experience nature once again. Thanks to Bellevue Firefighters for sharing it.  Good job!

How do you know when it’s time for hospice?

  Has your loved one: • Been hospitalized or been to the ER several times in the past 6 months? • Been making frequent phone calls to his/her physicians? • Spent most of the day in a chair or their bed? • Fallen several times recently? • Started using medication to alleviate their physical pain? […]

Is it time for a long-term care facility?

If you have a growing concern for your independent loved one’s safety and well-being, it may be time to start looking into assisted living or nursing home options. While the decision can be heart wrenching at times, knowing that your loved one will be well cared for in a setting appropriate to their needs will […]

Understanding Advance Directives and DNR’s

  What is an advance directive? An advance directive tells your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions (if you are in a coma, for example). If you are admitted to the hospital, the hospital staff will probably talk to you about advance directives. […]

Music Lives In The Soul

If you have a loved one that suffers from memory loss try playing them their favorite songs and watch how they react. Music lives deep down inside and can spark something special. In the early stages of dementia my mom stopped talking to us other than just a few words here and there. When we […]

What’s in Your Emergency Kit?

Have you ever received a phone call in the middle of the night? When answering that call, most of us would fear a crisis with one of our loved ones. When you’re a caregiver for an elderly family member, it’s likely an emergency. Being prepared for a crisis can make it more manageable. And having […]

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