Author Archive | Kimberly Ouwehand

Choices in Healthcare Checklist

Having up-to-date medical information helps you to manage health care and medications and is crucial to have in case of an emergency. Keeping your doctor current will also help in managing your health needs. Primary Emergency Contact (name, relationship and phone number) Secondary Emergency Contact (name, relationship and phone number) YOU HAVE A CHOICE: Do […]

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After the Funeral, Help Them Help You

I joined the W Club in July of 2016 after my husband lost his battle with cancer. I blog about my revelations as a widow working my way through grief at The Wandering Widow. I’m grateful Treasure Valley Hospice invited me to share some of my observations with you. Starting the moment your loved one […]

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When To Call Hospice

If you say yes to one or more of the indictors below, it may be time to get a Free Hospice Evaluation: Recent weight loss or decreased appetite?  Frequent hospital, ER and/or MD visits? Increase in infections and/or skin breakdown? Increased pain or other uncontrolled symptoms? Changes in behaviors and/or interests? Require more assistance with […]

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Football and Caregiving: Teamwork is Essential

Football season is here! I am often forced to watch football, being surrounded by a “team” of boys. It is a love-hate relationship, but I love the atmosphere of football and the feeling of belonging I have during the season. Gathering together to watch and cheer on the team through the celebrations and the frustrations […]

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Grief Filled Holiday

Joy Filled Holidays…not always.  It probably comes as no surprise to health care providers that several studies show people have a greater chance of dying on Christmas, the day after Christmas or New Year’s Day than any other single day of the year.  As reported by Jen Christianson of CNN, this is true for people […]

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Conversations About Conversations

What is going on about all the conversations about have “The Conversation?” An interesting phenomenon is building momentum.  Healthcare crisis is something we don’t think about until we are in it.  Why should we?  As American’s we are excellent at reacting, living in the moment and problem fixing. However, this comes at a cost.  Conversations […]

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Hospice verus Palliative Care

Hospice care is palliative care, but palliative care is not hospice. The difference between these two types of care is something that can be difficult to clarify. However, this care is a fundamental part of treating any chronic or terminal illness. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word palliate means “to make the effects of […]

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Top Four Regrets of the Dying

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate […]

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Handling Restlessness or Agitation during End of Life Care

Terminal Agitation often surprises many family members and caregivers alike. A loved one who is usually calm, suddenly and unexpectedly becomes agitated and restless.  It is common knowledge that individuals who are experiencing even minor illnesses may demonstrate mood changes such as irritability, anger, depression and avoid communication with others. Such mood changes are often […]

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Know Your Healthcare Options Before a Crisis Strikes

Treasure Valley Hospice Stresses the Importance of Advance Care Planning and Talking with Loved Ones November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to help people understand the importance of planning for the care they would want if they were facing a serious or life-limiting illness. “One […]

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