Welcome to House of Light, a blog produced and managed by the staff of Casa de la Luz Hospice. Casa de la Luz ("house of light" in Spanish) is a locally owned and operated hospice, serving the city and surrounding communities of Tucson, Arizona. Through this blog, we hope to offer education, information, and support about caregiving and hospice care to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. For more information, visit the contact us page.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Five: Caregiving for the Terminally Ill

The Friday Five is our weekly roundup of links to smart articles and helpful resources across the Web.

1. Because we all love a feel-good, heartwarming story, we especially loved this video from NBC Nightly News about a terminally ill woman getting her last wish granted. She's one lucky grandmother.

2. No one would ever say working in hospice is easy, but it is incredibly rewarding work. If you ever wonder what it takes for hospice workers to do what they do, this is a lovely article, "A Day in the Life of a Hospice Worker" by Rev. Amy Ziettlow.

3. For many family caregivers, this isn't a role they spent a lot of time studying and researching. It's a role you're thrust into as parents or spouses age, and you learn along the way. This list of Caregiver Tools by the Hospice Foundation of America can help you.

4. There's a wonderful slide show on AARP's Caregiving section of their website, 9 Secrets of Caregiving. These are some valuable tips to remember as you take care of your loved one. I especially like the first secret, keep your own medical records.

5. It's not easy meeting with your doctor. Sometimes, it's hard to get in for an appointment, and then once you're there, you're never sure what you need to ask your doctor. Inevitably, you feel as though you've forgotten one of your questions. Here's an article from Living with Serious Illness about Talking with Your Doctor to help you feel a little more prepared for that next appointment.

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