I truly feel the warm thoughts and sincere prayers coming to me at this time, due to the loss of my Mom. As I worked with my sister clearing out her room I was struck by the flow of nursing assistants, nurses and activity staff who came to the room to pay their respects. With [...]
Does life inside a nursing home seem frightening, unappealing, or mysterious? Are you unsure how to choose a really good one for your elderly relative? Please Get To Know Me, by Virginia Garberding, R.N., is an insider’s guide to everyday life in a nursing home. Her unique experience as a professional and a family member will encourage and equip you to resolve issues lovingly and proactively.
Help your elderly loved one find comfort, safety, relevance, and respect no matter how frail he or she is.
- What is the “promise” that parents ask of their children?
- How can I communicate effectively with the healthcare team?
- Who are the significant members of the healthcare team?
- What are their responsibilities?
- Why does the quality of life depend so much on the family, when we have selected the best facility?
- How can I visit meaningfully, when the elder has Alzheimer’s disease?
- How can I let go, and let God, and be able to say that last good-bye?
About the Authors:
Virginia Garberding, a Registered Nurse certified in Restorative Nursing, has devoted more than twenty years as a geriatric staff nurse and supervisor. She is a nurse educator for The Wealshire in Lincolnshire, Illinois, a pioneering facility in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
Cecil Murphey, former pastor and hospital chaplain, has authored more than a hundred books, including the best seller 90 Minutes in Heaven, written for Don Piper. Cecil and his wife, Shirley, cared for an elderly relative for over seven years. He has written several books on this topic, including My Parents My Children: Spiritual Help for Caregivers, and Aging Is an Attitude.
Please Get to Know Me – Aging with Dignity and Relevance, is available at:
Posted on May 15, 2013 - by Nurse Virginia
Everyone wants people to show interest and pay attention when they speak. A person with Alzheimer’s disease is no different; they want the respect that was given to them and their conversation before they developed Alzheimer’s. Yet, persons with Alzheimer’s disease many times will be unaware that their speech has changed and may even be [...]
Posted on May 9, 2013 - by Nurse Virginia
I just read an article called the 5 things that make a good nurse. In reading the list I realized these 5 things would be good traits in anyone, especially anyone caring for an elder. 5 – Traits that make a great caregiver: 1. Compassion – the ability to really see you’re elder and take [...]
Tomorrow is National Bosses Day, while many people are born leaders and always seem to know the right direction for the group. Some of us can learn a little from nature. GEESE FLY IN A V SHAPED FORMATION The lead goose takes the brunt of the wind and the flapping of all their wings creates [...]
PART II Many times when the dying person is asked their last wishes the dying individual will just ask to be able to die at home. At the time when George asked, this didn’t seem to be such a large decision. After all thought Mary, we will get hospice in and a 24 hour care [...]