An Introduction to End-of-Life Doulas
March 5, 2019
When you hear the word “doula,” you may think of a person who assists a woman during childbirth. But did you know that another type of doula exists to help those not at the beginning of their lives, but at the end? Here is everything you need to know about end-of-life doulas.
What is an End-of-Life Doula?
Also known as a death doula or death midwife, end-of-life doulas provide care and support to those transitioning through the dying process. For the dying patient, they may provide ...
Document Your Health Care Wishes
Feburary 4, 2019
This time of year lends itself to self-reflection, resolutions and is a good time to take stock of what is important in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. At Care Dimensions, we believe that one of the most important resolutions you can make in 2019 is to engage in advance care planning by completing an advance directive.
What is Involved in Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning involves taking steps to ensure that you get the medical care you would want if you were unable to express your wishes for care. One component of advance care planning is the ad...
Strategies for Coping with a Terminal Illness
January 2, 2019
When a person is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is common to experience feelings of sadness, anger, fear and even numbness. This can be a confusing time for both the patient and his or her loved ones. Although there is no one “right” way to cope with a terminal diagnosis, this guide will help you understand what to expect and how to prepare during this difficult time.
Understanding Terminal Illness
A terminal illness is a disease or condition that cannot be cured, and that will likely lead to the patient’s death. Some of the most common terminal illnesses ca...
Thanksgiving in the Land of Dementia
December 1, 2018
The drive from Monessen, PA to Cincinnati, OH, is a relatively easy one consisting of 278 miles of mostly unscenic highway portal-to-portal. It is a particularly dreary drive this year, although it is difficult to tell whether that dreariness derives from the already barren trees and foliage visible from the interstate, or is merely a reflection of my melancholy mood.
I restlessly listen to some radio news, to some music, to some of my current Audible book, but my mind wanders from the sounds emanating from my speakers to thoughts of what to expect on this Tha...