Care Dimensions Advocates for Hospice in Capitol Hill Meetings

Two Care Dimensions clinical directors joined 260 other hospice supporters from across the nation on Wednesday in Capitol Hill meetings that stressed preserving timely access to high quality hospice care for patients and their families.   The meetings with congressional

Artwork Connects Hospice Mission with Local Scenery, History

When I was asked to create art for the new Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA, I knew where to go for inspiration.   As I’ve written previously, I am inspired by nature. I sought to create a group

Hospice CNA: Kindness Reaps Rewards

Everyone likes to be treated with kindness.   As a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for over a dozen years, I have helped people in Greater Boston who come from many different backgrounds: rich or poor; black or white; Christian or

Make Your Health Care Wishes Known Before It’s Too Late

What would happen if you became seriously ill or injured and couldn’t make medical decisions for yourself?   If you have completed a health care proxy (HCP) form that identifies the person you most trust to make those medical decisions,

Lesson Learned: Give Grieving Children Their Voice

Over the many years of my work with young families, I have learned so much about the way they navigate tragedies. I remember one family with two children in grade school that was suddenly and unexpectedly motherless. They stand out

Managing Advanced Heart Disease at Home

February is American Heart Month. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5.8 million people in the U.S. suffer from heart failure, and 20 percent of them can die within one year of diagnosis.  

From Hospital Nurse to Hospice Reiki Volunteer

I am a nurse. I worked at North Shore Medical Center (formerly Salem Hospital) for 43 years, and for the last 25 years of my career, I prepared people for surgery.  I liked making connections with patients. I had people

4 Ways to Help Grieving Children Face the New Year

For many, the new year is recognized as a time of exciting change and renewal, but for those who are grieving, it’s not always sparkles and glitter. If you are supporting a child who is grieving, it is important to

What My Dog Taught Me About End of Life

Two months ago, our Maxie, a 16-year-old black Standard Poodle, died. During her 14+ year career as a therapy dog, she made over 300 visits with nursing home residents, hospice patients, and distressed college students. Watching how people responded to

10 Tips for Coping With Loss During the Holidays

For years after my partner Robert died, my emotions seemed to take on a life of their own. Starting at the run-up to the anniversary of his death (August), and crescendoing during the holidays, memories of our life together were

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