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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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Compassion and Grieving Friends

I was very fortunate to be in a position where I could interview the wife and daughter of a patient who had passed while under the care of our hospice team. This blog is about their story, their grief and the world that had changed for them. In a world of social media and the […]

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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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Where Are You Now?

In the last year, I took the position as the Administrator for Treasure Valley Hospice and am also a minority owner of our company.  I still love to be out in the community but don’t make it to as many networking events as I use to.  However, this week I was able to attend a […]

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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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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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