October 6, 2017

Nearly every week I have secret discussions with families across the Chicagoland area.  I call them secret because that is how they are often treated initially.  What are we talking about exactly?  

Hospice. 

"What will my husband think if he hears I'...

October 2, 2017

The decision to place your loved one on hospice care is one that takes considerable thought.  Many families think about placing their loved one on care long before they make the final decision.  Questions that typically arise when consider care are: 

1. Will p...

September 7, 2017

(Meghan: pictured fourth from the left in photo)

Hope would like to express thanks to our MSW Intern, Meghan.  We are grateful not only to have found an excellent student, but a great person.  Meghan's warm demeanor was evident from her very first day.  It undoubtedly h...

July 25, 2017

I began working with a man named "George" in April of last year.  He was in his last stages of Alzheimer's disease, leaving him relatively unable to communicate.  George was a people person in every sense of the word.  After serving a long career in public service, he...

April 19, 2017

"My family knows what I want." 

"I want to die at home." 

"I want to be without pain." 

As a hospice social worker, I hear these comments time and time again.  But what do they really mean?  If these are our wishes, how do we ensure they are honored?

How will you stay...

April 5, 2017

Discussing advanced care planning proves difficult for most.  Even doctors, some of our most trusted guardians for healthcare decisions, do not always feel comforatble starting these conversations.  So why is it so troublesome?  For a variety of reasons:...

October 25, 2016

Perhaps after some careful thought and deliberation you have decided hospice is best for your loved one. So what now?  What should we look for in a "good" hospice provider?  We will discuss this in today's post.  

Do your research!  There are numerous hospice provi...

October 12, 2016

Throughout life we pass many milestones, graduation, marriage, a job promotion, children, and maybe grandchildren.  Certainly these moments stand out in our memory.  But let us not forget the small fleeting moments of happiness that help us get through day to day....

September 21, 2016

What if I told you that actively participating in an 8 week mindfulness program could reduce loneliness?  Dr. Steve Cole of UCLA, and colleagues report that an 8 week mindfulness program, aimed at centering the mind in the present, has effectively reduced feelings of l...

August 31, 2016

Anticipatory grief- the feelings of loss experienced before the physical loss of a loved one.  The grief that occurs when someone you know is diagnosed with a terminal illness, has a disability that impairs their ability to thrive, or simply begins to age and decline....

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