The Parrish Nurse
WHEN RED & GREEN BECOME BLUE
Many feel sad and isolated during the holidays. You might be missing a loved one or cannot be with loved ones during this time of celebration. If you are experiencing loneliness and depression yourself or are trying to help someone with their feelings, there are ways to cope.
-Talk to the other person and ask them how they are doing.
- Be a good listener.
- Recommend resources for getting help if needed.
- Bring them a small token of friendship.
- Be there.
- Maintain a normal schedule.
- Get enough sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat and drink in moderation.
-Take time to be yourself, but avoid isolation, be with others.
Health & Wellness
HOW HOSPICE HELPS PATIENTS and FAMILIES
Hospice is a specialized care option for patients facing a life-limiting illness from conditions like COPD, heart disease, and dementia. When they receive hospice care early on, they experience less depression, and can improve mentally, emotionally, and physically. In fact, patients under earlier hospice care may live 25% longer due to better management of symptoms by a team of doctors, nurses, aides, volunteers, social workers, grief counselors, and chaplains united around one special person... their patient.
Choosing hospice benefits the patient and family more by the patient participating in all planning and decisions in pain and symptom management; reduced hospitalizations. Advance directives can be prepared to avoid difficult decisions later.
In addition to gaining comfort, independence and quality of life, patients and families with hospice care also receive: physical, emotional and spiritual support...
A nurse who coordinates the patients care; training needed to properly care for a loved one; medications; medical equipment such as electric beds, walkers, and wheelchairs; a nursing assistant to provide personal care such as bathing; disposable supplies such as gloves, adult briefs and wound-care kits; bereavement care and grief support.
Hospice services are provided in the comfort of your home, assisted living facility, hospital or nursing facility, and are covered by Medicare and most private insurances. Ask your doctor if or when hospice may be able to help you.