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July 25, 2015

Some questions to ask when deciding it may be time to place a loved one...

 

1. Is help needed with cooking, shopping, completing housework, taking medications or handling money?

2. Is help needed with eating, dressing, bathing, walking or using the bathro...

July 16, 2015

Are you familiar with Hospice Services? Many people think they "aren't ready for Hospice, yet, because they aren't dying." Hospice services can be started long before becoming very, very ill. Many times Hospice can be used for years before someone passe...

 

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I thought I would take a walk outside. What a surprise, it was windy and cold! I decided to make it a short walk. Inside, I can meet and talk with friends and make new ones. Recently, to my surprise, I met a couple who...

April 1, 2015

 

Generally, I'm an easy-going person and I don't frustrate easily. Recently, I had the fortune to be a guest at a local hospital for a couple days. Even though I have been a part of health care for over 20 years, I have never actually been a patient bef...

Clostridium Difficile is a bacteria that causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis.  Symptoms include watery, foul smelling diarrhea with mucous--at least 3 bowel movements for 2 or more days--fever, decreased appetite, nausea and abdominal ten...

 

I would like to thank the staff of Ark for making transition of homes so smooth for our precious loved one, Nancy H. Nancy came from another facility, in Greensburg, and the experience was traumatic to her. She entered Ark, in January, and since has ca...

March 3, 2015

Do you know....?

 

There is a difference between SS and SSI?  Many families come to me, saying my Mom or Dad receives SSI, when they actually mean Mom or Dad receives SS. This is another example of our Government making everything very complicated.

 

Most p...

 

I arrived at Ark Twin Valley Personal Care Home on May 24, 2014. The building itself is beautiful and when I went inside I was greeted warmly. My room is large and sunny. I met my roommate, Joyce, and we hit it off right away. There is a lot going on h...

February 26, 2015

 

 

Working in the healthcare field is a stressful job, but at the end of the day, we get to go home and leave the worries of the job until we come back to work.  Having said that, we truly understand the role of caregivers in the home. 
Caregiv...

February 22, 2015

By: Dave Withers

 

For my second blog, I have picked a more serious subject. And no, if you read Blog #1 - I never did get the pie baked.

 

Let me disclose that I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. I believe He is my savior and redeemer and I belie...

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