The Importance of Family Communication at End-of-Life

| By Jodi Horton

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 Jodi Horton

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 Jodi Horton

A poem for caregivers by Tanya Bursey, Social Worker for Casa de la Luz Hospice 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 […]

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Understanding Changing Appetites at End of Life

| By Jodi Horton

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 Jodi Horton

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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How to Take a Mental Mini Break

| By Jodi Horton

We know as a family caregiver you struggle to find the time to take a break and relax. While it can be difficult to find a whole afternoon of free time, we looked for quick ways that you can take five minutes to reset your mind. Here are five simple ways to take a deep breath and […]

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