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, March 15, 2013

Friday Five Links

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

1. CNN shared an excellent opinion piece from Joan Teno about giving patients their end-of-life options. As an hospice organization, we're continually asking ourselves about the points Teno makes in this piece. How can we give patients and their loved ones our full support when the patient dies within three days of the hospice referral? How do we change the focus from quantity of life to quality of life? The answers are complex and the problems won't be solved tomorrow, but we do hope we can continue to educate individuals about end-of-life options and continue to have a discussion about end-of-life care.

2. Recently some projects have popped up centering around how to encourage individuals to engage in discussions about end-of-life wishes. Here's another one that looks interesting: Death Over Dinner. They're still developing the site, but the idea sounds interesting and what's up is very visually appealing. We think this will be worth keeping an eye on.

3. What would you want written about you in your obituary? This obituary about Harry Stamps went viral due to its quirky tone. Death is sad; saying goodbye to the ones we love is sad. However, this daughter didn't let her dad's death change how people would remember her father.

4. Are you using Pinterest yet? The fast-growing network offers a visual and virtual bulletin board for almost everything, including tips for caregivers. We're impressed by The Caregiver's Survival Network's collection of boards and pins, with great suggestions for books for caregivers, a toolbox, inspirational quotes and images, and more.

5. Do you provide care to a loved one with Alzheimer's? Use this Caregiver Guide from the National Institute on Aging to help you with your caregiving duties.

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