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End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Care
This publication is based on research, such as that supported by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.
This research base is augmented with suggestions from practitioners with expertise in helping individuals and families through this diffcult time.
Troughout the booklet, the terms comfort care, supportive care, and palliative care are used to describe individualized care that can provide a dying person the best quality of life until the end. Most of the stories in this booklet are fictitious, but they depict situations that reflect common experiences at the end of life.
National Stroke Association provides education and services in stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. We serve both the public and professional communities – people at risk for stroke, health care providers, public health officials, stroke survivors, their families and caregivers. Our public and professional education programs have provided millions of Americans with life-saving tools to prevent stroke, recognize stroke symptoms, educate people on where to get the best stroke care and provide information to stroke survivors so they can get more enjoyment from their lives.
Cancer In Older Adults
Aging is the single biggest risk factor for developing cancer. However, it also increases the risk of other diseases and injury and can affect a person’s well-being, independence, and feelings of self-worth all issues that need to be considered when cancer treatment decisions are being made, as well as during treatment.
The aging process is complex, and each person ages at a different rate. This means your actual age may not reflect your physiologic age, which can be estimated based on how well your body is functioning both physically and mentally. Age should never be the basis for making treatment decisions.
Choosing a Quality Hospice
Depending on where you live there could be one or several hospice organizations serving your community. If there are multiple hospices in your area, you can decide which hospice you want to care for you or your loved one and let your physician know which one you prefer.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has developed some questions to help you identify factors that may be important to you and your family when selecting a hospice.
What Are Advanced Directives
Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on.
Tips For Caregivers of People With Alzheimers
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Research has shown that caregivers themselves often are at increased risk for depression and illness, especially if they do not receive adequate support from family, friends, and the community.
One of the biggest struggles caregivers face is dealing with the difficult behaviors of the person they are caring for. Dressing, bathing, eating—basic activities of daily living—often become difficult to manage for both the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver. Having a plan for getting through the day can help caregivers cope.
Choosing an Assisted Living Community
When choosing an assisted living community, be selective. Choose a community that best suits your needs. The following guidelines will give you an idea of what to look for and what you should expect from an assisted living community.
The following guidelines will give you an idea of what to look for and what you should expect from an assisted living community.
Volunteer Opportunities Guide
Organizations find senior volunteers appealing for a number of reasons: seniors already have at least some work and management experience, seniors have a history of life experiences to draw from, seniors usually already have volunteering experience
These national resources that can help you engage with other seniors in a variety of volunteering activities, from working with youth to improving our environment.
Washing & Bathing
For most adults, washing is a personal and private activity. When you are helping someone with dementia to wash, it is important to be sensitive and tactful and to respect their dignity. A few simple considerations can help to ensure that washing and bathing remains a relaxing experience for both of you.
Personal care, including washing and bathing, is a common source of anxiety for those who care for people with dementia. It’s not hard to understand why − most of us have been carrying out these activities on our own since we were small children. However, there are some particularly common reasons for anxiety among people with dementia.
The necessity of providing care giving assistance increases as we grow older, ranging from a just a few hours each week to 168 hours a week (24/7). An individual’s care needs increase with age and progression of chronic disease or terminal illnesses. As well, personal safety concerns increase as the physical and mental capabilities diminish. Knowing when and how to get care giving assistance for your spouse or parents is crucial to help increase their quality of life. The following questions will help determine whether it is time to seek outside help in managing care for your loved one
Caregiver Information Guide
Caring for the people that once looked out for you is one tough job. At various times, youʼll have to act as an elder advocate, financial expert, nurse, doctor, housekeeper, cook and personal assistant. In addition to all this, you ʼre still the child to your parents. Just remember to take care of yourself first and maintain your sense of humor, and remember youʼre not alone. Nearly one in four American households includes someone who provides care for an aging parent, older relative or friend. Many have discovered that having a plan in place before its needed makes everything easier. If you wait for a crisis to force a quick decision, your options may be limited.
Daily Care Logs
This download includes: Pain Log, Incontinence Log, High Blood Pressure Log, Medicine/Prescription Log, Emergency Contact Information