Many spouses incorrectly assume that there is no longer any VA assistance available to them after their veteran spouse passes away. Fortunately, a benefit called the survivors pension provides additional income to surviving spouses and their children.
The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for taking care of yourself throughout the grieving process.
End of Life Instructions- A letter of instruction acts as a clear guide to personal, financial, and funeral information for your surviving family members. Learn what to include in this document and how often to update it.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.
When a loved one is facing the end of life, families often experience a whirlwind of emotions. A hospice chaplain explains the techniques he uses to help family members understand and forgive one another and get through trying times together.
When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, it can be difficult to know what kind of care to arrange for them and where. Hospice, palliative care, home-based care, hospital-based care, and long-term care facilities are all viable options.
Selecting a course of action at the end of life can be a complex task, but it must be done. Often a new diagnosis is the instigating factor in formally deciding on a plan.This can include a DNR, advance directive, living will, and/or VSED.
Placing a loved one in a facility can be extremely difficult, but there are a few unexpected benefits that can arise from this decision. Allowing professionals to handle caregiving duties allows family members to really enjoy a loved one's company.
Donated brain tissue is a scarce, but valuable resource for doctors and researchers who are trying to devise preventative measures and treatments for diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurological conditions. Knowing more about how this process benefits science and humanity can make the decision to donate an easy one.
These strategies can be used to help plan final arrangements for yourself and your loved ones. Frank discussions about funeral planning are wise to have at any age. Don't put it off until it is too late.
Music has impressive healing powers for people of all ages but can be especially comforting for those who are terminally ill. Music-thanatologists are specially trained to use music to provide peace and reassurance throughout the dying process.
Should terminally ill patients be able to voluntarily end their life? There are many ethical implications regarding this hotly debated topic, but many proponents of the right-to-die stress how such a choice can help patients avoid unnecessary suffering.
Caring for a loved one who is dying often forces caregivers to come to terms with their mortality. Although death is a touchy subject, it is important for both caregivers and their loved ones to be able to express their feelings about this natural event.
After a loved one passes away, they are still susceptible to identity theft and fraudulent activity. However, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that their information does not fall into the wrong hands.