Coping with the Death of a Patient
August 5, 2019
For doctors, nurses, and hospice workers, death is an inevitable aspect of the job. Since care providers often develop deep concern and even affection for their patients, it is only natural to feel sorrow when someone in their care dies. Coping strategies are essential, both for new nurses and seasoned hospice workers, so that they can go on tending to terminally ill individuals with the empathy and care they deserve.
Become Comfortable with Death and Dying
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A Touch of the Familiar Can Aid Palliative Care
July 1, 2019
Rummage bags are among the more creative applications of a basic idea in the treatment of dementia: that familiar objects and settings can help reduce anxiety and aid in comfort. A rummage bag is exactly what it sounds like, a bag of various common objects provided to people with dementia in order to both provide potentially familiar stimulus, and allow the person to “rummage” which can be a...
Managing Pain at the End of Life
June 6, 2019
Is death painful? Whether you are coming to terms with your own terminal illness or caring for someone who is nearing the end of life, you may have considered this question. A better understanding of pain and how to treat it can help create a more comfortable and gentle dying process for the patient and their family members.
Understanding End of Life Pain
The end of life does not need to be painful. The end of life does not need to be painful. According to June Dahl, founder of th...
Alzheimer's vs Dementia: What’s the Difference?
May 6, 2019
Sometimes, people use the terms “Alzheimer’s” and “dementia” interchangeably. But these words actually have different meanings. While there is a relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, there are key differences that are important to understand. Here’s an introduction to these often confused terms.
Put simply, dementia is a nonreversible decline in mental function. It is not a disease, but instead a group of symptoms that commonly include problems with memory, thinking, problem solving, language and perception. Dementia is a general ter...