Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Palliative & Hospice Care Info at the Manlius Library

A class for current & future care-partners on Hospice & Palliative Care.
Manlius Library on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Providing answers for What, When & Why 
     The goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient and family.

Topics covered will include:
     Nuts & Bolts of Palliative Care
     Health Care Proxies
     Advance Directives
     End-of-Life Decision Making
     Conflict Resolution

Contact Cynthia Stevenson to Register (315) 435-2362 Ext. 4993
Manlius Library
1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius, NY 13214
Hosted by Institute for Caregivers

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Gift of Knowledge - Help Celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016

Beep... Beep... Beep... went the overcrowded IV pole. I walked in the room mesmerized by the tangle of tubes and fluids. Several family and friends had gathered and were chatting. My patient was loved by many. She had been on the oncology floor with us several times. I always liked being her nurse; we loved to talk and laugh. During this stay I talked to her all the time, yet she never replied. She was lying comfortably in bed with her eyes closed. 

While figuring out the IV situation some of the visitors had started watching me and were commenting on the entanglement. Then the doctors came in. I stopped tracing the IV-lines to let the family and friends focus on them. I knew why they were there. The doctors had run out of options.  They needed to know what to do next.

One of the doctors started explaining the situation.

I held my breath...

Then, something wonderful happened! One of the women in the room stood up and said, “I am her health care proxy. I can tell you what she wants.”

She actually stood up! She knew what to do. My heart was singing... I went back to work at the IV pole with tears in my eyes. (Based on a true story - Nancy Aureli RN)

Health care decisions must be made by someone. If you are unable to communicate, healthcare professionals will look to see if you have a completed Health Care Proxy. Help celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, by filling out a Health Care Proxy form today.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Steering Into The Skid - When your health starts skidding.

Learning how to drive in winter weather is tricky. As a young driver in New York I learned to make sure my headlights were on, slow down, and if I started to skid across the road - steer into the skid. I still do these things to keep myself and others safe.

What a great analogy for when you health starts skidding...

  • First, turn your headlights on. Make sure people know what you are going through. If you don't tell them how are they supposed to know? 
  • Next, slow down and take inventory. Stay focused and do what you can.  Ask for help regarding matters you are unable to tend to, Your friends and family want to help - let them help you. Accept offers of assistance - let them love you.
  • Lastly, steer into the skid. This too is part of your life - make the best of it! Enjoy the beauty of falling snow, surround yourself with people you enjoy and love, revel in the light aroma of flowers, laugh watching old family movies, feel how soothing hot cocoa fells traveling to your happy belly, and be present...

Monday, February 1, 2016

National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16, 2016

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.      

Yes, a day was set aside during the year to bring awareness to this important topic. To find out more information please visit the following: