Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Long-Term Care Can Be a Precious Gift for Dad

Father's Day is a traditional time to honor our fathers and all men who serve as a father figure. For many of us, it is a time to honor the memory of a special man. For those whose fathers or father figures are still living, it is a time to express your love and gratitude.

As our population has grown and changed over the past several generations, terms such as “fatherhood” and “parenting” have taken on new meanings. In many instances, adult children have become the caregiving “parents” of their aging mom or dad.

Caring for an aging loved one with limited abilities is one of the most difficult things we can do. One of the greatest gifts that you can give to your parents – and to yourself – is caregiving support.

Hope Hospice and Community Services now offers a variety of programs to help the elderly who want to live at home rather than be placed in a nursing home. Many of those in our care have children who live far away, and their only regular contact is a phone call. Often, Dad will say, “I’m doing fine son. Don’t worry about me.” While Dad may not be at his best, he does not want to be a burden. However, with the support of Hope’s caregivers, the family is assured that he is being given the best of care and attention. Everyone benefits.

Our programs offer total long-term health care solutions for seniors who want to remain independent and live their lives as fully as possible. Through these not-for-profit programs, Hope can provide primary medical and nursing care, physical therapy, all necessary prescription drugs, transportation to medical appointments, and much more. Hope’s service providers include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and personal care aides, all readily accessible.

Services can be provided in the home, in a retirement community, nursing home, assisted living facility or a hospital. At the Hope Health Center in Fort Myers, we serve adults with functional impairments who require a protective environment along with therapeutic social and health activities.

One of the greatest benefits of each of these programs is peace of mind for the entire family.

Long-term care can be a wonderful gift. For a free consultation on how Hope can help, call (239) 482-4673, or (800) 835-1673.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hope for Mother’s Day: Coping With Loss

For many, Mother’s Day is an occasion to celebrate with your mother and remind her of how much you love her. For many of us, it is be a time to reflect on that very special person in our life whom we have lost.

This day can be difficult for people as they cope with their loss, whether it happened recently or years ago. Even feelings of grief from years past can seem fresh. It can affect us emotionally, mentally and physically. The sadness of not having our mother is normal.

When we lose our mothers, we lose much that cannot be replaced. We may even feel that we have lost a part of who we are. Letting go can be a long process that requires being patient with ourselves.

Thoughtful preparation is a way to help cope with the grief. Be careful not to isolate yourself. It is important to take quiet, reflective time for ourselves, yet we should also accept the support offered by family and friends. Respect the choices and needs of other family members as well.

Although you miss her, you can celebrate her memory. Share your favorite stories with your family and friends. You may want to do something special for others, such as making a contribution in her name to a charitable cause.

Remember, a mother’s love is never lost as long as we continue to hold them in our hearts and minds.