Hand it to the health care industry to come up with yet another couple of acronyms to add to their extensive list – ADLs and IADLs. These are prevalent terms in the healthcare field used to describe the routine self-care activities that an individual engages in on a regular basis to stay independent and healthy. It is also common for these acronyms to appear in conversations if you are looking for in-home care options for an older person, or if you are researching the cost of long-term senior care for yourself or someone you know.
I just got off the phone with the family of one of our clients, Sylvia B, who passed away this past Saturday. They were overwhelmed by the quality of home care service we provided to Sylvia in her final days. The daughter said she had no idea people like this still exist in the world. “What beautiful blessing!” They asked me to extend their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to: Yoanne, Aisha, Maude, Jane, Mirna, Diana, Marcelina, Emily, and Phoenix for all the work you did to ease the pain, create security, and ease the anxiety for Sylvia. The family said you are all angels. They remembered each of your names specifically.
Thank you for making such a significant impact during such a difficult time.
April 16, 2014 was National Healthcare Decisions Day and I was fortunate enough to take part in an amazing event at the Kaiser Center in Oakland. In collaboration with several passionate volunteers and exhibitors from local hospices and healthcare industries, we broke down some of the stigmas and got to talking. Hundreds of people from all walks of life attended; many, sitting down to have The Conversation and complete their Advanced Healthcare Directive.
In our culture, it is taboo to discuss death; it is unsavory to discuss medical care; it is uncomfortable to talk with your friends and family about your wishes should you not be able to speak or act for yourself. But, it is a conversation that has the power to assure that all are put at ease should a serious illness or injury occur. Why aren’t we having … Read More »