April is National Counseling Awareness Month

| By Stacy Alameda

  We join with  American Counseling Association (ACA), in celebrating April as Counseling Awareness Month to advocate for the profession and honor the hard work and effort counselors give to those they serve. By focusing on the positive impact counselors have on both personal well-being and overall community health, we also seek to encourage anyone […]

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The Importance of Family Communication at End-of-Life

| By Meredith Ford

How would you respond if told that you had six months or less to live? What would you tell your loved ones? What would be most important for you during this time? When we face our mortality, it becomes clear that life is not held individually, but instead, it is shared with those we love. […]

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Four Tips for Family Caregiving Teams

| By Meredith Ford

Family caregiving teams can be wonderful for individuals because there’s someone else to share your responsibility, but they can also mean hurt feelings, confusion, and miscommunication. Here are five tips to make your family caregiving team run smoother. Schedule family conferences on a regular basis. A family conference is helpful to make sure every person […]

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Compassion with Me Always

| By Meredith Ford

A poem for caregivers by Tanya Bursey, Social Worker for Casa de la Luz I shall miss caring for you… I shall miss helping you do the things your body no longer lets you do. I shall miss your spirit, feisty and cantankerous; your kindness and words of wisdom… The weight of you in my […]

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Understanding Changing Appetites at End of Life

| By Meredith Ford

Over the course of your illness, it is natural that your appetite will decline. This can be very difficult for you and your loved ones, as the preparation and sharing of meals are deeply symbolic ways in which we love and nurture one another and celebrate life together. At Casa, we believe it is important […]

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Staying Cool in the Summer

| By Meredith Ford

As the weather begins to turn to triple digits, we wanted to take a moment to share some tips for managing the hot weather. Extreme heat is dangerous to all of us, and especially for the very young and the elderly. We urge you to practice smart heat safety and to check on elderly neighbors or […]

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