Oct 31, 2014
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Oct 29, 2014
"Everyone's life has a story." Billy Bob ThorntonPerhaps we do not take enough time to honor the life we are living. Buddhists remind us that to be born human is extraordinary -- so extraordinary that we should not take it for granted. What story is your life telling? Is it the story you want it to tell? When I am with my loved one, I try to talk with him about the story of his life: the great impact he made as a teacher, the children he parented, the dogs he cared for, the friends he made. Each of our lives does tell a story. Let's make sure that the story we are telling is the one that is true for us.
Oct 28, 2014
"The Medicare Annual Election Period that allows you to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Prescription plan lasts from October 15 - December 7, 2014." www.medicare.govFrom now until December 7, 2014, we have the opportunity to change our prescription drug insurance plans. It is quite easy to do by going to the www.medicare.gov website and going to the tab that lets you compare available insurance plans in your state. I did this the other day and saved almost $3000 next year on just my loved one's plan. It was well worth the few minutes it took me to do it. Since he has a long list of medications, I entered them several years ago and saved them with a password. Now, all I have to do, is find his prescription list with his password and the website does the rest. It compares how much it will cost us to fill his prescriptions for the year in 2015. I encourage you to take the time to do this.
Oct 27, 2014
"Seek out a counselor or other mental health professional if you need assistance in dealing with the stress of caregiving." HospiceCaregiving is far too difficult to do without support. Spiritual or emotional support is critical. Some people can find the support they need in their own prayer or meditation practices, and other people need an actual person with whom to talk. We will have many feelings in caring for our loved one as she or he dies. We will also have many, many difficult decisions to make. Getting the skilled and objective opinion of another person can be invaluable in helping us sort out what is right for us to do. Let us find the support we need to do this caregiving role with graciousness.
Oct 26, 2014
"Don't try to do everything yourself." Hospice pamphletThat is easier said than done. Our family is widely dispersed and/or busy so decisions and tasks are left to me. That may very well be true for you too, but if we can find someone to help us make decisions, do errands help with money, do household tasks; then that is optimal. I consult with financial advisers, attorneys, medical personnel to help make the decisions that are necessary. I hire a handyman to do the tasks I cannot do. Who have you found to be helpful to you?