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Safely Removing Unused Opioids from Hospice Patients’ Homes

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Alifia Waliji-Banglawala, Pharm.D.

Care Dimensions is working hard to balance effective symptom management for our hospice patients with the need to ensure that opioids stay out of the wrong hands. ...

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Ways to Cope When you Cannot Visit a Loved one in a Facility

Posted on May 12, 2020 by Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, Ph.D., LICSW

If you are prohibited from seeing a loved one in a facility due to COVID-19, here are some things you can do to support them and take care of yourself: ...

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Podcast: Caring for the Caregiver

Posted on March 20, 2020 by Mia Buscone

In this latest episode of our podcast Living Forever, Not an Option, our hosts Mary Crowe and Lyn Skarmeas focus on the importance of taking care of and supporting the caregiver. ...

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Podcast: Concepts of Grief and Loss

Posted on March 10, 2020 by Mia Buscone

In this latest episode of our podcast Living Forever, Not an Option, our hosts Mary Crowe and Lyn Skarmeas touch upon the realities of dealing with grief and loss and ways that we can care for each other during those difficult times. ...

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Taking Care of the Caregivers in Hospice

Posted on October 21, 2019 by Robert Hagopian, M.Div.

In recognition of Spiritual Care Week's theme, "Cultivating Space," Care Dimensions hospice chaplain Robert Hagopian reminds co-workers they need space that enriches their well-being and humanity. ...

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The Truth About Hospice

Posted on August 8, 2019 by Dr. Anna Chon

Recently, doctors advised Tony Cacciotti, husband of 79-year-old TV star Valerie Harper, to engage hospice services for his wife. Harper, the "Mary Tyler Moore Show” star who played Rhoda Morgenstern, was reportedly first diagnosed with cancer in 2009.  Citing the couple’s 40 years of shared commitment, Cacciotti announced that he would not follow her doctors’ advice...

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10 Questions to Ask When Starting New Medication

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Alifia Waliji-Banglawala, Pharm.D.

Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but we must learn how they can best be used in our own bodies. This article lists 10 questions you (and your designated primary caregiver) should ask before starting any new medication. ...

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4 Tips for Caregivers of Someone with a Serious Illness

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Judy Driscoll

Caregiving is my 24/7 job and it can be exhausting. It requires a lot of work, patience, and assistance. In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, I’d like to share four tips to help others who are caring for someone with a serious illness. ...

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My Life in the Balance

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Barrie Levine

During the two tough years of my husband’s illness, I lost my balance. Every consideration in my life was laser-focused on his well-being. I never doubted the vital importance of my full-time role as a caregiver; in fact, I considered it a gift to accompany my husband as I always had in our marriage, this time (sadly) on the journey to the end of his life. He would have done exactly the same for me. In his acceptance of me as his caregiver, I felt his ultimate trust in me as his life's partner. ...

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3 Tips for the Caregiver of Someone with Dementia

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Susan Haas, LICSW, ACHP-SW

Caring for a loved one with dementia presents a host of challenges for the caregiver. Over time, the demands of 24/7 care become harder for the caregiver of the person with dementia. Here are three ways that caregivers can care for themselves. ...

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.