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Navigating Life with Grace: Mindfulness for Chronic Conditions

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Living with a chronic condition, like Diabetes or COPD, is more than a medical challenge; it’s a journey that intertwines with every aspect of your life. Amid the routine of medications, doctor’s appointments, and self-care, it’s easy to lose sight of what brings you joy in life. This is where mindfulness, a simple yet profound […]

Managing Caregiver Stress with a Gratitude Journal

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Managing Caregiver Stress with a Gratitude Journal   Stress (n): \ ˈstres  \ a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc. something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety Stress Management Stress can occur in any aspect of our lives, including (and sometimes especially) caregiving. Those caring […]

Handwashing Awareness

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Handwashing: The Best Way to Prevent the Spread of Germs National Handwashing Week is celebrated in the United States during the first full week of December. It is a time to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing and to teach people how to wash their hands effectively.   Handwashing is one of the simplest […]

Hospice for AIDS Patients

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World AIDS Day: How Hospice Can Help Each year on December 1, people worldwide recognize World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to remembering and raising awareness about the HIV and AIDS epidemic. We take part in this day to remember the lives lost since 1988 and raise awareness for help and support for those living […]

What You Should Know About Pancreatic Cancer

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National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: What People Should Know National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of this deadly disease. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with a five-year survival rate of just 10%. However, early detection and treatment can improve survival rates significantly. […]

Transitioning Alzheimer’s Patients to Hospice

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Making the Transition to Hospice with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are progressive diseases that eventually lead to end of life for those suffering. When your loved one reaches more challenging stages of dementia, hospice care is extremely valuable.  Hospice is a specialized type of care that […]

Celebrating Heroes Without Capes

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National Family Caregivers Month: Celebrating the Heroes without Capes November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the millions of Americans who provide unpaid care to their loved ones. Caregivers play a vital role in our society, helping people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and age-related impairments live their best lives. Caregivers provide a […]

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

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Caring for and Loving Someone with Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone differently, but it eventually leads to severe cognitive impairment and death. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but […]

Liver Cancer Awareness

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Liver Cancer Awareness Liver cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Early detection can be challenging because symptoms frequently do not present until the cancer is in the later stages. Adding to the early detection challenge is the lack of standardized screenings for average-risk individuals. Therefore, when symptoms […]

Thank you, Chaplains!

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Clergy and Chaplain Awareness Month Our chaplains provide exceptional spiritual support to our patients and staff. Chaplains are a vital member of our interdisciplinary team, and especially during Clergy and Chaplain Awareness Month, we would like to take the time to express our gratitude for the work they do every day. The Role of Hospice […]