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  • Caregivers ·

Celebrating Caregivers

Celebrating Caregivers In 2020, an estimated 41.8 million adults in the United States were caregivers of someone 50 years of age or older. That’s one in six Americans. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we want to take the opportunity to applaud all these caregivers for all they do for those they love. Dear Caregiver, You work round the clock to care for someone you love. Maybe it’s a parent. Maybe it’s a spouse or partner. No matter who it is, you are committed to doing the best you can for them because you love them. And because you…
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  • Awareness ·

COPD Hospice Referral Guidelines

COPD Awareness Month: Hospice Referral Guidelines By: Laura Mantine, MD Chronic lung disease is the 4th most common cause of death among older adults in the United States. More than 3 million people worldwide died of COPD in 2015, representing 6% of all deaths that year. People dying from COPD frequently experience difficult and uncomfortable symptoms that lead to distress and panic. They commonly have disabling respiratory symptoms including severe breathlessness, limited tolerance for activity, and intractable coughing. They are also usually oxygen dependent, often experience anorexia with weight loss, cachexia, and ultimately become dependent on others for their activities…
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  • Awareness ·

Hospice: Care Wherever You Call Home

Hospice: Care Wherever You Call Home By: Laura Mantine, MD It is a fact that only 25% of deaths occur at home while nearly 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home. Unfortunately, many individuals will die in hospitals, while receiving care that is not consistent with their wishes. It’s important for older adults to plan and let their caregivers, doctors, or family members know their end-of-life preferences. In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we want to highlight the fact that hospice is not a place- it is an approach to care. Increasingly, people are choosing…
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  • Awareness ·

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month By: Dr. Margarita David Ph.D., RN What is Alzheimer’s Disease November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that cannot be reversed. This disease declines the person’s ability to think, remember, and carry out familiar tasks. Neurons and connection pathways The progressive decline in patients with Alzheimer’s is due to the loss of communication between neurons. The neurons are responsible for sending messages from the brain to all parts of your body. Frontal lobe The frontal lobe is responsible for your social and emotional skills, motor functions, language, and cognitive functions.…
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  • Awareness ·

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month Bullying is defined as abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger, more powerful, etc. Unfortunately, bullying is nothing new. However, with each new technological advancement we see, bullies find a new outlet to use to prey on their targets. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Hospice of the Midwest is taking a stand and raising awareness for the immense need to stop bullying. Bullying Can Occur at Any Age Typically, we think of bullying as being something that occurs among adolescents. However, bullying can occur among any age group, race, or…
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  • Caregivers ·

Caregiving During COVID-19

Caregiving During COVID-19 By: Laura Mantine, MD During periods of crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic, family members and close friends continue to provide daily care for their loved ones. These caregivers provide the initial response and defense for individuals who are often battling chronic medical illnesses. Like many first responders, caregivers often experience stress due to heavy workloads, fatigue, and anxiety. There are important steps that caregivers can take to help manage and cope with this ongoing pressure. Important Steps for Caregivers to Take Caregivers should develop habits and strategies to maintain their own physical health and emotional well-being. A caregiver…
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  • Awareness ·

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What It Is and What To Do

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What It Is and What To Do A leading cause of death in the United States, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 356,000 people each year. This includes 23,000 youth under the age of 18. It is a life-threatening health emergency in which the heart suddenly stops beating, and it can occur in people of any age, including those who appear to be otherwise in good health. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, they collapse and do not respond or breathe normally. They may also gasp or shake, similarly to a seizure. It…
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  • Get to Know Us ·

What Hispanic Heritage Means to Me

What Hispanic Heritage Means to Me As the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month grows near, we are shining a spotlight on Director of Business Development, Nereida. We asked her what Hispanic heritage means to her. Thank you, Nereida, for sharing your story with us! Nereida’s Story Hispanic/Latin/LatinX heritage and culture, to me, means family. I was raised with a large, loving family. Food, music, and family created a sense of warmth, love, and good times. At the center of it all, our matriarch, my Abuela Juana. She moved to the United States from Puerto Rico in the 60’s. She…
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  • Awareness ·

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States, second only to skin cancer. It’s a disease in which the cells in the breast grow out of control. There are several types of breast cancer, but there are two that are most common. Invasive ductal carcinoma is when the cancer cells begin in the ducts and then grow outside them into other parts of the breast tissue. Invasive lobular carcinoma is when the cancer cells begin in the lobules and then spread from there to the breast tissues that are…
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  • Education & Resources ·

National Primary Care Week: The Importance of a PCP

National Primary Care Week: The Importance of a PCP We do our best to stay healthy by making nutritious food choices and exercising regularly but getting a little help from the experts is another important step to take. It goes beyond just going to the doctor when you are sick. It’s important to have a healthcare team that also takes a proactive approach to help keep you healthy. This is where a primary care physician comes in. A primary care physician (PCP) is a general practitioner who provides their patients with continuous medical care. They are trained to treat a…
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  • Education & Resources ·

Advanced Heart Disease and Hospice Care

Advanced Heart Disease & Hospice Care By: Marisol Ramirez, RN Every stage of life is important. Hospice of the Midwest clinicians understand how to care for late-stage heart failure patients. Every minute of life is valued and deeply treasured, emphasizing our utmost commitment to providing the best expert care in the last moments of life that matter most. It is a great honor to be a part of vulnerable moments, provide expert care, and provide emotional support and guidance when deciding the best options for your loved one. Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with advanced heart disease?…
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  • Education & Resources ·

Tips for Healthy Aging

Tips for Healthy Aging According to the National Institute on Aging, 61% of Americans aged 65 or older have multiple chronic conditions. Aging is an inevitable part of life. There’s no avoiding it, but there are things we can do to age in a healthy manner. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we are sharing some tips for focusing on healthy aging. What is healthy aging? There are several components to consider when thinking about healthy aging. There is the obvious one: physical health. But it is also important to focus on others like mental health, social health, and even…