Tag Archives: Caregiving

How Dare You Die Now!

Acknowledging the anger or pain of an earlier-than-expected death

“I’m so angry – I can’t forgive him for dying and leaving me,” whispered Amy. “Does that make me a bad person?” Sweethearts since high school, Amy and Don had been inseparable, and married at age 20. Now, the future they had … Continue reading

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I Wish This Was Over!

Uncensored truths about caregiving and prolonged dying – Part One

After struggling to give her mother a bath for 45 minutes, Rene’s patience was spent. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s caused her to resist the bath, and Rene had to deflect her flailing arms and verbal assaults. With no time to take a … Continue reading

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How Can Caregivers Practice Self-Care During the Holidays? An Interview with Judy Long, Part Two

A hospital chaplain offers tips and calming techniques for caregivers

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Judy Long, an educator and chaplain at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. In her role as a chaplain, she communicates with patients, families, caregivers, physicians and nurses to find the best possible care plan. Judy … Continue reading

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Physical Intimacy and the Dying

Is Touching Taboo?

Join SevenPonds each month as Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN, offers practical on-hand guidance to demystify the dying process. As an RN since 1976, Tani has been working to empower families and healthcare professionals to have the best end-of-life experience possible both through education and the … Continue reading

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Are We Doing It Right?

Providing the best care for the dying is challenging even for the "experts"

Join SevenPonds each month as Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN, offers practical on-hand guidance to demystify the dying process. As an RN since 1976, Tani has been working to empower families and healthcare professionals to have the best end-of-life experience possible both through education and the … Continue reading

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For-Profit Hospices Discharging Patients Before Their Time

Cost savings take precedence over patient wishes, study shows

According to a recent New York Times article, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has found that approximately 20 percent of hospice patients in the United States are being discharged from care before they die. Of this number, the article suggests, … Continue reading

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