The fact that He is risen should give us, as caregivers, tremendous hope. There is hope for the future where all caregivers will be out of a job! For many that thought is “Hallelujah, it can not come too soon!” …for others it is “bittersweet.” Caregivers often do not want to be there, but neither would they be anywhere else. Stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and realize you are one day closer to being finished with this current, difficult lifestyle! Rejoice and Rest in Hope!
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Hope with Hospice
In light of Rev. Billy Graham’s homegoing, I would like to address the topic of Hospice. Hospice focuses on relieving symptoms and supporting patients with a life expectancy of months, not years. It involves a team-oriented approach to give expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support not only to the patient but also to their caregivers. In most cases, this care is provided to a patient in his or her own home. However, it can also be provided in a freestanding facility, the hospital, or a nursing home.
It can be frightening if you dwell on the fact you may be alone with your loved one as they are facing the end of life. “What will I do? Who can I call?” are a couple of the questions most caregivers think about. Hospice can provide a tremendous amount of support and comfort. Specialized nurses prefer to accept new patients into the program who are not imminently facing death. They will provide care for up to six months and renew it every six months as needed. Knowing someone will be there for you and help you with pain management, respiratory care, bowel and bladder care or other issues will never be a waste of time!
In some areas, there are multiple agencies providing this care. If you happen to not like the first agency, do not be afraid to talk to your doctor and request a different agency.
Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Spring with all the new life outside my window has always been my favorite time of the year. With that in mind, I would like to share my favorite signs of new life in pictures. I would love to see your signs of new life as well. (Click on the picture below to see more).
By focusing on God’s re-clothing of the earth, we can for a moment find renewed strength and hope for our daily journey as a caregiver.
Psalm 29:11 "The Lord will give strength unto his people, He will bless his people with peace."