Tag Archives: California

How Can Someone Become an Organ Donor?

An interview with Deanna Santana, Part One

Today, SevenPonds is speaking to Deanna Santana, the director of public relations for Sierra Donor Services. SDS is a nonprofit organization located in Sacramento, California that coordinates organ and tissue donations in parts of northern California and Nevada. Her inspiring … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: “My Last Days: Claire Wineland”

Online documentary follows an inspirational teenager with cystic fibrosis

Claire Wineland, 19, has cystic fibrosis. She’s living on “borrowed time” as the cliché goes, because she has lived longer than doctors led her and her parents to believe she would. Claire has faced the prospect of death for her … Continue reading

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How Can Non-Medical Care Keep Your Loved One Safe and Comfortable? An Interview with Bridget Waller, RN, Part Two

Non-medical home care helps patients who are ill or at the end of life to stay at home.

In the second part of this two-part interview (read part one here), Bridget Waller, R.N.,  founder and owner of Hillendale Home Care, talks to SevenPonds about non-medical home care and how it can be integrated with hospice when patients are reaching the … Continue reading

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Can You Donate Unused Hospice Drugs?

Hospitals in California advocate for donor programs

When my grandmother was receiving hospice care after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, we had boxes and boxes of unopened medications piled knee-high in a closet. After she died, we asked her nurse what we could do with the medications. … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Push for Right-to-Try Bills Across the Nation

These landmark decisions could change the face of healthcare for terminally ill patients

“Right-to-Try” bills are sweeping the nation in 2015,  as 24 states have already granted patients with life-threatening illnesses the right to seek out experimental treatments not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In October, California was on … Continue reading

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How Do You Navigate Your Medical Benefits After Retirement? An Interview with Pat Macholl, Part One

A Medicare counselor talks about how to get medical care after retirement

Today SevenPonds spoke with Pat Macholl, a volunteer counselor with Legal Assistance for Seniors/Alameda HICAP. Her San Francisco-based office helps clients learn how to navigate their healthcare benefits through Medicare. Macholl teaches people about their benefits at the end of life, … Continue reading

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