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The Importance of a Health Care Directive

Even though death is a very natural, inevitable part of life, we are often reluctant to think about it. Due to that reluctance, many of us fail to plan for end-of life issues. However, leaving everything up in the air is a big risk to take! If you take the time to prepare an Advance […]

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7 Tips to Prepare for a Productive Check-Up

Most Medicare and Medi-Cal patients are eligible for free annual wellness exams. These check-ups are important, as health conditions that are detected early are usually much easier to treat. Plus, seeking regular preventive care can actually help to ward off the development of many serious diseases. It’s important to take your loved one to the […]

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How to Keep Your Loved One Safe at Home

If you’re caring for an older loved one, you might be undertaking this task in their home, or in yours. Either way, it is likely that the house is not already set up for caretaking duties of this magnitude. The design of most homes does not take into account the tasks and responsibilities you face […]

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4 Secret Benefits of Volunteering

We all live busy lives, and finding the time to volunteer can sound like a challenge. However, when you weigh the benefits of performing volunteer work, it’s easy to see how helping others really does help you. In fact, you might quickly find that volunteer work enhances your life so much, that finding the time […]

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7 Reasons Why Caregivers Should Consider Joining a Support Group

As a caregiver, you have probably been reminded many times that you must make the time to take care of yourself, too. After all, if you aren’t healthy, then taking care of another person becomes nearly impossible. But it might feel as though you’ve simply been issued another assignment, just one more task to cram […]

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Dementia and Hospice Care

Dementia is often a difficult topic to discuss, because it’s technically a collective term that denotes symptoms of over 70 different medical conditions. Dementia refers to a set of behaviors which can show up in many elderly and chronically ill patients, making it a common scenario that we encounter. And yet, the signs and symptoms […]

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What is Hospice Care?

When you hear about someone receiving hospice care, what do you picture? Hospice care is not a place you go, or a particular medical provider whom you visit. Hospice care is a philosophy that applies to those who suffer from terminal illnesses, or those for whom there is no cure. The number one goal of […]

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Hospice of the Valleys: Over Thirty Years of Service

Over thirty years ago, two sisters recognized a need in our community. They founded Hospice of the Valleys, a nonprofit hospice, so that those who are sick and dying would never have to feel alone. Our founders believed strongly in reducing pain and suffering for those at end of life. What began as a volunteer […]

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How to Choose a Caregiver Agency

If you’re providing care to an elderly or sick loved one, at some point you will consider hiring help. It might be because you need to work a full time job, or maybe you just need backup on the weekends. Whatever your reasons, choosing a caregiver can be a complicated decision. You want to hire […]

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6 Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout: Is it Time to Ask for Help?

For months, or maybe years now, you’ve served as the primary caregiver for an elderly or sick loved one. But at some point, you begin to notice signs of caregiver burnout: You’re stressed, depressed, lonely, or even getting sick yourself. It’s time to take the right steps toward taking care of yourself, so that you […]

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