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Laughter As Stress Relief

Let’s start with Stress: Someone said, “It’s better to burn out than rust out!” I don’t believe we have to live at either end of the spectrum. Both extremes can be stressful. What are the warning signs of excessive stress in YOUR life? tension in your neck and shoulders drumming your fingers or pacing snapping at people when you’re irritable or depressed smoking more or the use of alcohol or drugs to cope sleeping and eating less OR sleeping and eating more loss of focus, apathy, social withdrawal or loss of interest in life Professionals will tell you to begin stress management with your physical well-being. Diet and exercise are at the top of the list. Activities which promote physical rel

21 Ways To Reduce Stress During The Workday

Take a few minutes in the morning to be quiet and meditate, sit or lie down and be with yourself…gaze out the window, listen to the sounds of nature or take a slow, quiet walk. While your car is warming up, take a minute to quietly pay attention to your breathing. While driving, become aware of body tension, e.g. hands wrapped tightly around the steering wheel, shoulders raised, stomach tight, etc. Consciously work at releasing, dissolving that tension. Does being tense help you drive better? What does it feel like to relax and drive? Decide not to play the radio and be with yourself. Stay in the right lane and travel 5 miles per hour below the speed limit. When stopped at a red light, pay a

Taking care of self

Self-Nurturing Activities Walk in the rain Exercise Keep a journal Play the piano or other instrument Sign up for a yoga class Take a warm bath Have breakfast in bed Take a sauna Get a massage Buy yourself a rose Take a bubble bath Go to a pet store and play with the animals Visit a zoo Have a manicure or pedicure…or both Stop and smell some flowers Watch the sunrise or the sunset Relax with a good book and/or soothing music Rent a funny movie Play your favorite music and dance to it by yourself Go to bed early Sleep outside under the stars Sit outside by the campfire on a cold evening Take a mental health “day off” from work Fix a special dinner just for yourself and eat by candlelight Go f

Distracted Driving…Who, me?

Distracted driving includes texting AND cell phone conversations while driving, regardless of hands-free technology. The National Safety Council discusses the myth of multitasking in this article: The Great Multitasking Infographic

SMSgt. Harold Eugene Boardman Honored

SMSgt. Harold Eugene Boardman Honored was honored for his service on March 15. Harold’s daughter, Linda daughter shared these photos of the ceremony honoring her father. You folks honored him in this ceremony on March 15, the afternoon before he died so peacefully at Hospice Care of the Southwest in Childers Place. Thank you so much from our family. Linda Boardman Kramer Here’s a wonderful photo of you presenting the certificate in honor of Daddy’s military service to our mother. What a blessing you were to our family that day–a true surprise. Imagine how it blessed our father! Thank you. Linda The “Heavenly Host” of guests at the presentation ceremony! How kind of them all to share the mome

Two more Veterans honored by Hospice Care of the Southwest

Hospice Care of the Southwest recently recognized one of our patients, a long-time resident of Borger, for his service to the Armed Forces. Mr. Newman was presented a framed certificate and an afghan made by one of our hospice volunteers. Roy Newman United States Army Mr. Newman is currently a resident at Borger Healthcare Center. Pictured L-R: Martha Johnson, CHPN, RN (Hospice Care of the Southwest Case Manager), Roy Newman, and Ira Purdy, LMSW (Social Worker, Hospice Care of the Southwest). Hospice Care of the Southwest recently recognized one of our patients, a long-time resident of Pampa, for his service to the Armed Forces. Mr. Cogdell was presented a framed certificate and an afghan m

WW II Veteran Earnest E. “Red” McAlpine honored by Hospice Care of the Southwest

Earnest E. “Red” McAlpine 1926 – 2012 Red was born in Olustee, Oklahoma. He graduated in 1942 from Springlake High School before his enlistment in the Army Air Corps in 1944. There he proudly served in the 8th Air Force 44th Bomb Group as a tail gunner in the B-24. In 1945, he was captured in Germany when they were shot down on their 16th bombing mission. Upon his discharge, Red married Vera McGowan. They moved to Dumas in 1948, where Red worked as a general contractor, building homes during the housing boom that followed the return of soldiers from World War II. He was a two-time commander of Panhandle Chapter of Ex-Prisoners of War and a lifetime active member of American Legion and the Ve

6 myths of hospice and palliative care dispelled

Achieving universal coverage of palliative care: Dispelling the myths. MYTH: Having hospice and palliative care means you will die soon. FACT: Hospice and palliative care is not just for the end of life. It is a holistic approach that includes caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement and much more. The truth is… Hospice and palliative care is about having the best quality of life for however long life remains. Palliative care patients have serious illnesses that eventually bring about the end-of-life but up until then it is important to be free from pain, symptoms, and suffering. Recent studies show that many patients who receive palliative care may live longer than those receiving sta

Common misconceptions regarding hospice

Hospice is where you go when there is nothing more a doctor can do. Hospice is care designed for patients with a life-limiting illness. Hospice is not a place where you go to die, rather hospice professionals are trained to assist patients in living their lives fully, completely, and without pain until the end of their lives. To be eligible for hospice, I have to be in the final stages of dying. Hospice patients and families receive care for an unlimited amount of time, depending upon the course of the illness. There is no fixed limit on the amount of time a patient may continue to receive hospice services. Quality care at the end of life is very expensive. Medicare beneficiaries pay little

Ten Facts About Hospice Care You May Not Know

Some people mistakenly think hospice care is just about dying…that hospice is the place you call when there’s nothing more that can be done. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice helps patients and families focus on living. Hospice care brings comfort, dignity, and peace to help people with a life-limiting illness live every moment of life to the fullest. It also reaches out to provide support for the family and friends who love and care for them. Last year, 1.45 million dying Americans were served by the nation’s hospice providers. Yet, there are some important facts about hospice that people don’t know. And this may be keeping people from getting the best care possible, when the

What Does A Social Worker Do?

Most people have perceptions of social workers which may be skewed or biased. Some possible misconceptions include: Are they going to put me in a nursing home? Will they report me because my house is not clean? Will they take my children from me? Will they intrude in my personal business? They only work with the poor. Modern social work in America has its roots in the 19th century. Social work found its beginning as society began to acknowledge the struggles of people, with leaders wondering how to deal with poverty and associated problems. Therefore, social work is intricately linked with the idea of charity work, but it should be understood in broader terms. In 1889, Jane Addams was a youn

Living Longer with Hospice Care

Comparing Hospice and Non-Hospice Patient Survival Among Patients Who Die Within a Three-Year Window, an article that appeared in the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, reporting that some terminally ill patients live longer when they utilize hospice care. The study, sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, compared 4,493 terminally ill patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) or cancer of the lung, breast, colon, pancreas or prostate, based on specific clinical data and found that: Patients who chose hospice care lived an average of 29 days longer than those who did not choose hospice. Patients with heart failure, though few chose hospice care, the mean sur

Eight Key Points about Hospice that Everyone Should Know

More than 1.2 million people were served by the nation’s hospice programs last year. Yet for every person that received hospice care, it is estimated that another individual would have benefited from the services of hospice but didn’t get this compassionate care at the end of their lives. There are eight key messages about hospice care that everyone, healthcare professionals and consumers alike, should understand. Hospice is not a place but a special kind of care focusing on relief of pain, symptom control, and spiritual and emotional support. Care goes out to the patient and family caregivers. The majority of hospice care takes place in the home, where the person can be surrounded by family

10 tips for family caregivers

Caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often. Watch out for signs of depression, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do. Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors. There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence. Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction. Caregivers often do a lot of lifting, pushing, and pulling. Be good to your back. Grieve for your losses, and t

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers do many things. There are opportunities for them to work in the home or facility setting with patients and caregivers. Some volunteers help with administrative duties in the hospice office. Others make phone calls to our bereaved or to the caregivers of our patients. VOLUNTEERS CAN: serve as companions to patients help with community outreach assist with administrative tasks furnish baked goods provide caregiver relief run errands give haircuts knit prayer shawls make activity aprons for Alzheimer’s patients make hand cushions for arthritis sufferers help with public relations provide gardening/lawn care help with patient special occasions collaborate on special projects play game

Balancing Career with Caregiving

If you are a caregiver who also holds down a job, you’ll want to read a helpful article by Amy Goyer in the November 2013 AARP Bulletin. It’s all about Balancing Work and Caregiving. Balancing Work and Caregiving

Caregiver Bill of Rights

I have the right: To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will enable me to take better care of my loved one. I have the right: To seek help from others even though my loved one may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength. I have the right: To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things for myself. I have the right: To get angry, be depressed and express other difficult emotions occasionally. I have the right: To reject any attempt by my loved one (either conscious

Looking Forward in the New Year

For some, the beginning of a new year brings joy and anticipation of new opportunities—a “clean slate.” Others face the year ahead with some anxiety or dread. Many of us come off the holidays somewhat emotionally drained and physically filled. How can we begin the new year in a positive, forward-looking way? Count your blessings from the past year. Go ahead—make a list of the good things you accomplished or unexpected blessings you experienced last year. Put some positive fuel in your emotional cup! Be prepared to be flexible. As stress rises, our inflexibility may increase. You can’t control everything and everybody, so give yourself permission to quit trying. Ask yourself, “Am I making a b

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