End of Life Document Checklist
Not sure where to start when facing the daunting task of filling out end of life paperwork? Not sure even what that even means? Here is a fantastic checklist to help you on your way.
Green Burials? Parties in lieu of Funerals?
Not sure what you want done with your body once you pass? What do you want your funeral to look like? This video can help you navigate the newest trends in body disposition and ceremonies.
Does Medicare Cover Hospice?
Here’s an article on how to go about finding out if you qualify for hospice under your Medicare plan, what hospice services are covered and what you might need to pay for. (I am not affiliated with this website.)
A brief review of the use of aromatherapy in palliative and supportive care, including essential oil suggestions.
The importance of just being quiet.
A brief overview of what to expect while taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Understanding Dementia Behaviors
A guide for caregivers that reviews common dementia behaviors.
A video showing caregivers what it is like to have dementia from a sensory standpoint.
A valuable set of videos that demonstrate how to physically care for a sick loved one.
Sew your own apron to help those with Alzheimer’s or dementia keep their hands busy.
Specifically designed to help families and loved ones of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia who want guidance about “having the conversation.”
A great TED talk by Nora McInerny about grief. I highly recommend it for anyone experiencing loss.
Levin & Perconti have put together a comprehensive guide on everything to know about nursing home abuse, including signs of it, how to prevent it, statistics, and a ton more.
For Medical Staff
The Best Possible Day
A New York Times piece written by surgeon, Atul Gawande. This contains the four questions that every clinician needs to ask their patients.
Dr. Christopher W. Kerr speaks about patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. These near experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated.
An article about Dr. Christopher W. Kerr’s work with dreams and what they can teach us about the dying.
The Management of Common Symptoms in Terminally Ill Patients. Covers the management of fatigue, anorexia, cachexia, nausea and vomiting.
The Management of Common Symptoms in Terminally Ill Patients. Covers the management of constipation, delirium and dyspnea.
The Serious Illness Conversation Guide
How to speak with a patient about their illness and how to develop the best possible treatment plan for them.
A short film demonstrating the power of music for those with dementia.
Find a harpist in your area who is trained to work with patients.
Current research on music and the brain, playlists and free guides for medical professionals and caregivers.
Reviews common challenges and offers recommendations for clinicians.