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, February 1, 2013

Friday Five: Caregiving for the End of Life

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

1. One of our favorites, the New Old Age blog, had this great story about how a group of women rallied around one of their own. For the Love of Sunny is a sweet story about how a group of friends caught the signs of their friend Sunny's decline from Alzheimer's, and how after Sunny's diagnosis, they remained, supporting Sunny and her husband. It's a lovely story about how friends can approach illness. It can be difficult to watch a friend change, but continued support of friends makes a difference for the seriously ill individual and for their caregivers.

2. Our second suggestion for links to read this week is a lot like the first. "A hospice visit: We will sing together again some day" is a doctor's article about visiting a dying friend. At the end of life, it's our relationships with others that matter.

3. When it comes to dying, it's going to happen to all of us. We encourage end of life planning because we know most of us will die from some kind of long-term, chronic illness. It's hard to know where to start the conversation, though, and that's why we like these questions in this LeadingAge article, "End-of-Life Planning: Starting the Conversation."

4. We admit it, we're suckers for a good checklist. These easy tools can be so helpful in identifying needs, making sure personal items and documents are in order, and just offering a good starting place. So of course we like this Where to Begin Checklist from AssistGuide Information Services. Not only is it an easy to read format and in a file format that you can save to your computer, but it also offers suggestions of how to tackle each item on the checklist.

5. Casa de la Luz Hospice is excited to have reached Level 3 in the national We Honor Veterans program. Learn more about the program and what hospices around the country are doing to better their care of veterans at end of life.

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