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“Thank you” goes both ways

What a beautiful post! ‘Thank you’ is reciprocal, but no matter, it is nice to hear!

Hospice Matters

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

thank you 2014At Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, we get thank you notes every day. They are beautiful, heartfelt expressions of gratitude, written by loved ones, and reading them makes our job a whole lot easier. I’ve said before that caring for patients at end of life is a calling for our clinicians, but that’s not to say it doesn’t take a toll emotionally. We have hearts. We get attached to patients too. And saying goodbye isn’t easy for us either. But reading these notes keeps us going. The words on the paper make us realize that what we do is special. Meaningful. And always appreciated. Here are just a few tidbits:

From a niece: “I did not have a positive experience with hospice care during the loss of my father in Virginia and was somewhat skeptical about hospice care here for my aunt…

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Signs Of A Successful Person

Kelly, this is a great post of an individual who is very motivated! I am sure that not all those seeking employment are this motivated or open to feedback. If one isn’t so motivated or open to feedback-can this be changed? If an individual is slightly receptive, how do you engage them in a discussion?

Employment Counselling with Kelly Mitchell

Back in late 2014, one of my co-workers shared with me that she had been applying for internal jobs in our organization, hoping to move from the ranks of permanent part-time to permanent full-time. This week she shared with me the news that she has successfully landed a full-time position, and how she went about it might provide you with an example if you are in a similar position.

When I first heard she was looking for employment, I asked her how things were going in order to get an idea of whether or not an offer of help would be appropriate or not from me personally. As it turns out, she mentioned that while she was getting some interviews, she would invariably not do well in the interviews themselves; sometimes wondering if she was saying too much, perhaps not really answering the question, and her anxiety coming through. Bazinga!…

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The ICU of the Future

Yesterday I had dinner with Carles Calaf and Victor Úbeda, and we were talking about the future with a couple of beers. Philosophy of bar and brainstorming: probably the most creative combination. How will be the ICU of the Future? As we have thought before, for me it is clear: centered in persons and to… Continue reading The ICU of the Future

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Why does Papa act this way?

Alzheimer’s—-not easy to understand for children or grandchildren. This article may help!

Jill's Experiences with Mental Health , Stigma, Alzheimer's Disease, Grief & Grieving & serenade2seniors

Alzheimer’s is not easy to cope with, and it became difficult to reply to the barrage of questions asked by my grandchildren who wanted to know why their Papa acted the way he did. I thought long and hard in order to come up with a reasonable explanation, then this is what I said:

‘Your Papa has an illness called Alzheimer’s and that makes him act the way he does. It’s a bit like having a broken leg, you know. But with Papa, a small piece of his brain is broken and doesn’t work the way it should. Because of this, he can’t remember what you told him yesterday. Because of this, he forgets how to use the television remote. Because of this, he often falls asleep when you are in the middle of telling him something important. Because of this, he forgets people’s names. BUT, the part of Papa’s…

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I am your Doctor and this is my Humble Opinion

What is it like to be your primary care physician? How do day-to-day pressures, concerns and unfolding developments impact the one who looks after your health and wellbeing? What does your doctor feel about the responsibilities and nagging questions that are an integral part of every waking hour? What is it like to know that… Continue reading I am your Doctor and this is my Humble Opinion

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OHSU prepares students for end-of-life care conversations with terminal patients | OregonLive.com

What a great idea! Medical students to interact and have a dialogue with patients that are palliative or diagnosed with a terminal illness.

“Specialists are so focused on disease,” Samuels said. “We had to argue not to do further procedures. We had to argue for palliative care.”

Loss, Grief, Bereavement and Life Transitions Resource Library

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