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December 1, 2017

Seven Holiday Survival Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

For families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the holidays can be bittersweet times filled with family and friends, as well as stress and frustration. Festivities can agitate, confuse and over-stimulate the person with dementia. Caregivers can feel anxious, frustrated and lonely – leading to stress and depression. Here are seven tips for surviving the holidays while caring for […]
November 17, 2017

Home Healthcare or Home Care- What’s Right for Your Loved One?

Frequently (and understandably) confused, Home Health and Home Care are two different services to help you or a loved one feel their best. Home Healthcare is skilled care to help someone get healthy or recover while at home. This is typically after a hospital stay and provided by medical professionals. In order to receive home healthcare one must have a […]
November 3, 2017

Seven Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hospice

Depending on where you live there could be one or several hospice organizations serving your community. Here are some questions to ask when deciding which hospice you want to care for you or your loved one. Is the hospice Medicare certified? Most hospices are certified by Medicare and are, therefore, required to follow Medicare rules and regulations. This is important […]
October 20, 2017

Four Ways Pets Help People With Dementia

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s is never easy, but many effective, non-traditional methods of treatment are emerging. Utilizing pet therapy in the care of people living with dementia is a relatively new phenomenon, but both patients and their caretakers are seeing amazing results in improved mood, independence, confidence and overall quality of life Whether it’s a big floppy […]
October 13, 2017

Hope Helps You Heal: Five Ways to Find It

The power of hope to activate and accelerate healing is not a common topic in healthcare circles. There is evidence, however, that positive beliefs and an expectation of good outcomes set off a chain reaction in the brain and nervous system that makes improvement and recovery more likely. Researchers have demonstrated that hope promotes daily behaviors that support health and […]
October 7, 2017

Eight Reasons to Document Your Healthcare Wishes

If you were involved in a tragic accident or contract an illness that leaves you unable to talk about the type of care you’d like to receive, who will speak for you? Will your family or loved ones know what your wishes and personal beliefs are, or will they experience the anxiety of making difficult decisions concerning your care, potentially […]
October 2, 2017

Three ways Alzheimer’s Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

We’ve all heard it any time we board an airplane, “In the event of an emergency, secure yourself before assisting others,” the same can be said when providing care to a loved one. Often when trying to balance caregiving, work, family and obligations, caregivers find themselves unable to care for their loved one due to poor health. Almost half of […]
September 22, 2017

Educating the Modern Workforce Learner

By Steve Morse, MEd RRT CHPT CTP Director of Education, Covenant Care As organizations change their product or service delivery model to meet market demands and competition forces, the need for an agile and responsive workforce to support these changes is critical. Without a workforce that can readily attain the competencies and skills to support a changing business model, an […]
September 15, 2017

Five Things to Remember When Talking to Your Doctor after a Terminal Diagnosis

Terminal. A terminal diagnosis can raise a flurry of emotion and confusion.  Do you want to attempt everything available, both conventional and unconventional? Or, is your inclination to seek hospice or some other form of palliative care? Or, somewhere in between? Loved ones may possibly feel strongly about a course of action other than your preference.  Opinions of others may […]
August 25, 2017

Employee Engagement: Why Does it Matter?

By Amy Bajjaly, VP, Organizational Engagement and Development For years organizations have spent time and money conducting employee satisfaction surveys. The problem with this methodology is that happy, satisfied employees are not necessarily high performing, engaged employees – ones who will positively impact the quality of services and make the organization more successful, especially during times of rapid change. Engagement […]
August 18, 2017

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast: Five Fundamental Beliefs to Facilitate Change

By Kara Benedict, Director, Risk and Compliance, Covenant Care The words “risk management,” as I knew it when I was a brand new nurse, immediately brought this image to my mind:  Some old lady with reading glasses, gray hair in a tight bun, and really bad shoes, appears from “upstairs in management.”  She then “sequesters” the record, announces that she […]
August 11, 2017

Four Ways a Health Coach Helps You Reach Your Goals

Our nation’s ongoing healthcare debate has brought a healthy shift in focus towards wellness, disease prevention and management of health risks. Most people seek medical help for problems related to chronic, lifestyle-related issues. Doctors treat the symptoms and provide guidance for ongoing care, but they don’t have time or access to help the patient once they leave the office. Although it’s a […]
August 4, 2017

Seven Ways Eleventh-Hour Volunteers Ease the Transition from Life to Death

A basic tenet of hospice care is that no one should die alone without the supportive presence of loved ones. Eleventh-hour volunteers, made available and trained by many hospices, keep vigil to provide a comforting presence needed by patients and families in the final hours of life. Patients who have little or no family members nearby often find themselves isolated […]
July 28, 2017

Children and Grief

By Ariell Ussery, Covenant Care Children’s Support Services Hospice care is very unique in that we take a holistic care approach. We not only value our patients and their needs, but we value extending our support to their family members as well. Because of this passion to support the whole family, we have taken high interest in providing specialized support to […]
July 21, 2017

5 Ways Home Health Care Can Help the Healing Process

If you’re providing full-time care to a loved one and feel caregiver burnout approaching, you’re not alone.  More than 65 million Americans juggle the daily demands of a career, home life, family and caring for family who may be disabled, ill or aging. Managing busy families and the emotional choices that must be made when looking after a recovering loved […]
July 14, 2017

Do You Know What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?

By Suzanne Kelly, Pharmacist, Covenant Care Have you ever taken the time to check the contents in your medicine cabinet?  Where is your medicine cabinet?  Or, better yet, where do you keep your medicines?  Most people will say that the medicine cabinet is in the bathroom; however, they keep their medicines in various places.  Some medicines are kept near the […]
July 7, 2017

Seven Hospice Myths Exposed

Too many Americans entering life’s final phase are missing out on high-quality hospice care, despite Medicare covering the expense. Far too often, patients nearing the end of life are rushed to an emergency room and end up in the ICU where, after aggressive treatment, they eventually die. In reality, many would rather have died in their own home, but the mere […]
July 3, 2017

Volunteers: At the Heart of Hospice Care

By Sandra Huster, Director, Volunteer and Community Relations, Covenant Care One cannot overstate the value of hospice volunteers enhancing the care of patients with a life-limiting illness. Hospice volunteering allows exceptional, caring individuals to use their education, experiences, gifts and skills to help provide patients, caregivers and families with the most peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience possible. In addition to […]
June 16, 2017

After Dementia Diagnosis: 12 Steps to Secure Your Future

When you or a loved one experience troublesome cognitive symptoms, an early, accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will allow you time to make decisions regarding your own future and to make your wishes known. If you are newly diagnosed with dementia, take these steps to secure your future and to help your loved-ones care for you. Advance Directives […]
June 9, 2017

Five Ways to Beat Depression while Recovering

Many patients at the end of treatment for serious illnesses or after a prolonged hospital stay find themselves in an unexpected period of transition. It’s the bewildering feeling of having to transition back to some semblance of normalcy with no discernable road map to guide the process. When discussing the physical aspects of recovery, clinicians don’t often prepare their patients […]
June 2, 2017

Three Ways to Start the End-of-Life Discussion with Your Loved One

A national survey done by The Conversation Project concluded that 9 out of 10 Americans want to discuss end-of-life care with loved ones, yet only 3 out of 10 have actually had a conversation about it. Facing everyday life with all its struggles and trials is difficult enough, but facing the end of life seems overwhelming. For anyone faced with […]
May 27, 2017

Six Ways to Thank our Elderly Veterans

U.S. veterans have sacrificed so much to serve our country and preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. The elderly men and women who have served in the armed forces often consider their military service as one of the greatest points of pride in their lifetime. Here are some ways to remember and show gratitude to our nation’s older heroes. Say […]
May 22, 2017

Five Secrets of Healthy Caregivers

The U.S. is home to approximately 70 million Baby Boomers, now ages 53 to 74. They also have been called the “sandwich generation,” as nearly 70% of them face the challenges of caring for elderly parents – even as they juggle pressures of a job and supporting their own children. Even more impactful, many of those aging Baby Boomers find themselves as caregivers […]
May 15, 2017

Seven Steps to Prevent Falls in Older Adults

This year, one in four older adults will fall and injure themselves. Falls are one of the main causes of injury and loss of independence in people ages 65 and older. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active, which could lead to more […]