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Create a Sports Basket

03/06/2016

I asked two Sport Enthusiasts (another word for Sports Nuts), if they were home-bound or in the hospital, what would they like to see in a Sports Basket? Here are 12 ideas for what to put into a Sports Basket for your favorite Sports Enthusiasts: A coupon for delivered pizza Gift card for Buffalo Wings […]

Caregiving Basic: Preserve the Dignity of the Person

02/16/2016

What do we see as we care for a person who is suffering? Do you see that person as a burden, an irritation, an interruption, or an old needy person? As caregivers–whether we are caring for a co-worker who is going through a divorce, or a friend who has cancer, or caring-full-time for a spouse or parent–we need to remember that the person is first of all a child created by God.

Don’t Forget The Patient

07/22/2015

Sometimes I whisper, “Forgive me mom. I didn’t know.” My lovely mother died eight years ago, and when she was in a nursing home for six years, I certainly made some careless caregiving mistakes.

For example, when my mom was recovering from pneumonia and was bed-ridden, many grandchildren and relatives visited her. That was wonderful, but I was so happy to see some of these individuals that what was supposed to be a visit with my mother became a social occasion.

What to do when visiting someone in the hospital

09/06/2015

Following are suggestions to guide you in visiting those who are ill. Since circumstances vary, some of the suggestions may not apply in a given situation. These may also apply to visiting someone in a nursing home.

Be There and Listen

02/06/2016

A story which I heard 11 years ago reminds me of a powerful way to care for people who are hurting. Gregory Richards was a chaplain to terminally ill children in a New York hospital. He tells of one of his experiences in the following story:

322 Cards

08/11/2015

There is so much bad news—just listen to the news or read a paper.  Yes, there is so much bad news.  So I especially love to hear good news stories of individuals helping other individuals. Proverbs 17:7 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”  I love the following […]

Please Give Me A Foot Massage

04/18/2016

When my friend, Pat, was dying, she asked, “Karen, will you please massage my feet?”  This request made me feel a little uncomfortable.  I didn’t know how.  I wasn’t trained.  Although I did remember how wonderfully soothing and relaxing it was when having my feet were massaged during a pedicure. Anyway, Pat handed me a […]