Day: March 22, 2016

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Providing a Ministry of Care and Dignity to Hospice patients with Dementia.

A Message from our Chaplain Greg Friedrich Hospice of the Midwest {Johnston, Iowa} Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementias can be challenging and at times very frustrating. It can also be very rewarding. When caring for those with dementia it is helpful to remember a few important things: Grief and loss are spiritual concerns for those with dementia. Because of an altered sense of time, a confused person may experience grief from previous years as intensely as if the loss had just happened. Validating the moment, hearing of their sadness is critically important. In the early stages…