ElderCarelink Blog

Week 1 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
January 14th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Congratulations to Tammy K. from Falkville, Alabama, who wins a $50 gift card as the Week 1 winner. In “Taking Care of Both Parents,” Tammy tells the story of being a caregiver for both her father, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and her mother, who has congestive heart failure (CHF). Tammy talks about supporting her parents with all the physical needs and activities of daily living, while working full-time. She admits how challenging caregiving can be: “It has been by far the hardest thing I have ever done.” But she also shares that she’s glad she could be with her dad when he died, knowing in her heart that she was doing the right thing.
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Can medical staff offer spiritual end-of-life support for your loved one?

by Dorian Martin
January 9th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Reaching the end of life can be very difficult for elders, yet these individuals can be comforted through medical, psychological and spiritual support. For example, hospice and palliative care plans are designed to supplement medical treatment and provide peace, comfort and dignity. In a recent study, most patients considered spiritual care an important part of the end-of-life treatment; however, few received this type of support.

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Share Your Caregiving Journey and Send in Your Story

by ECL Staff
January 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Caregiving is incredibly important, but it isn’t always easy. We understand how much you give every day to take care of your loved ones and meet their needs. Now we want to take care of you. Share your story about how you take care of your loved ones, including elders and adults with chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. You can write up to 300 words and submit for our Share Why You Care contest. Tell us how or why you became a caregiver or talk about what caregiving means to you. Your essay could win a $50 gift card as a weekly winner.

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Palliative care: Fewer ER trips for elders?

by Dorian Martin
January 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 am

Palliative care services continue to get good marks for improving care at the end of an elder’s life. Seniors in long-term care situations who received palliative care had significantly fewer visits to the emergency room and less depression, according to a new study from two Harvard Medical School affiliates — the Hebrew Senior Life’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and the Institute for Aging Research.

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