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News, Opinions and Advice regarding the U.S. Home Health Care Industry

Archive for August, 2006

Loss and Caregiving:

August 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Caring for Yourself as You Care for Someone Else

Providing care for a friend or family member can be very exhausting at times. There are physical care needs along with the emotions you feel as you adjust to changes in your friend or family member’s life. With each change, you may experience feelings of loss. Coping with these feelings while you provide care for your friend or family member can be a challenge. Here are some of the feelings you may experience:
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Practical Caregiving Tips

August 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Some helpful tips:

Take Care of Yourself You won’t be able to provide the best care if you are always tired, sick or have frazzled nerves. Take time each day to do something for you. Even a five minute “time out” can do much to improve your outlook.

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Thoughts of the day

August 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Thursday, August 31, 2006

What you want
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What do you want? And what are you actually doing about it?

Whatever things you are actively working toward are the things you truly want. Anything else is what you merely say you want.

As each day unfolds, you use your time, energy, creativity and resources to bring certain things to reality. Those are the things you truly desire.
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Practical Considerations at the End of Life

August 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Following a death, there are many things that must be done by family members or representatives of the deceased. These can be difficult times for all concerned, and many issues may be more easily dealt with before death occurs. These issues may include decisions about:
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Nearing Death Awareness

August 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Nearing death awareness is a special communication of the dying. It usually occurs when patients are approaching or are in the dying process. Most patients who have signs of nearing death awareness are more peaceful after the experience.

Signs of Nearing Death Awareness

People who are experiencing signs of nearing death awareness may:
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The Dying Process

August 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Dying is a process, a natural slowing down of the body’s systems. This process is different for each and every individual and the duration may vary from hours to days.

You may have already noticed such changes as decreased appetite, increased weakness, withdrawal from family and friends, and increased sleepiness. As death approaches, body functions will continue to change.
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Approaching the Dying Process

August 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

As a person approaches the dying process, a natural slowing down of the body’s physical and mental systems occur. This process is different for each individual and may vary from hours to days, weeks, and even months.

There are some signs and symptoms that may indicate that the dying process is approaching. These changes may help you recognize the approach of the dying process:
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Thought of the day

August 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Whatever you decide
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If you allow others to define happiness for you, then you’re not going to truly experience it. If you allow others to dictate what your dreams should be, you will never reach them.

The way to surely and reliably realize your dreams is to choose the ones that have real meaning for you. The way to know happiness is by allowing it to be what you want it to be.
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Finding Caregiver Help

August 29th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

“Mom was only driving locally. Then she got lost in town. Was lost for several hours. Even ran out of gas. Somehow she called my sister. We sat on it (the problem) for 3 months. Then we went for help.”

The good news is a surprising variety of help is available from genuinely caring people. Some of the folks who can help will have gone through similar situations with an aging parent or relative. You will find them to be very understanding and helpful.
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Innovations in End-of-Life Care

August 29th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Spiritual Assessment Tool

An acronym which can be used to remember what to ask in a spiritual history is:

F: Faith or Beliefs
I: Importance and influence
C: Community
A: Address
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Thoughts of the day

August 29th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Over and over again
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What you do over and over again, becomes a part of you. What you do over and over again, becomes so comfortable and familiar that you don’t even think about it.

So what do you do over and over again? What thoughts do you think to yourself again and again?

What words do you repeatedly say to others? What habits have you built into your daily life?
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Time to Care

August 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Help For The Caregiver

Whatever your age, you are a caregiver if you provide care that helps a frail elderly or disabled person live at home. In fact, 80% of all our Nation’s health care is provided by informal caregivers such as you.

Caring for a relative or friend may be something you never expected or wanted. It can develop slowly or happen suddenly. Few are trained to be caregivers, and there is much to learn to make caring easier.

This brochure will help you understand what caring for an older person may require and how to find help when you need it.
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Thoughts of the day

August 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Monday, August 28, 2006

Willing to accept
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This day you will be provided with precisely what you are willing to accept. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

You are immersed in an endless sea of abundance. The treasures of that abundance are yours to the extent that you choose to bring them into your life.

There are opportunities branching out in many directions from every little detail. At each fork in the road, accept and explore the path that most closely resonates with your deepest purpose.
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Antisense Reduces SOD1, Prolongs Survival In ALS Rats

August 26th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Researchers at several California institutions have shown that blocking the production of abnormal SOD1, the cause of of 1 percent to 2 percent of all cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), extends survival in rats with the disease and that the compound is a good candidate for near-future testing in patients.

Don Cleveland, Timothy Miller and Richard Smith of the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) and colleagues, in partnership with Isis Pharmaceuticals, announced their findings online July 27 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Arimoclomol Safety Trial in ALS Complete

August 26th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

On July 24, the Los Angeles biopharmaceutical company CytRx (www.cytrx.com) announced it had completed its current dose determination and safety study in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) of its drug arimoclomol, a small molecule that may improve cellular stress resistance.

The company plans to release results by the end of the year and, pending regulatory approval, begin a large-scale trial to test arimoclomol’s effectiveness.