Dealing with a Terminal Illness

Posted by admin on March 16, 2017

Category: Caregiving, resources
When you hear that your loved one is suffering from a terminal disease, the first reaction is often shock and disbelief. Then you may feel overwhelmed, sad and helpless. But it’s important to accept the diagnosis and begin to think about practicalities, especially about how you will support your loved one during this difficult time. Talking about a Diagnosis Accepting a diagnosis means expressing the emotions you feel about it. For some of us, this

Improving Communication for Better Caregiving

Posted by admin on March 14, 2017

Category: Caregiving
My sister and I don’t always have to talk to make a point. Our shared history makes it easy to talk without words; sometimes a facial expression or a hand gesture is enough to convey a whole sentence (or paragraph). And sometimes we just know what the other one is thinking and feeling and we don’t have to communicate at all. This shorthand method is great for most family interactions, but when it comes to

Celebrating Women

Posted by admin on March 7, 2017

Category: Towne News
About 90% of nurses, nursing assistants and CHHAs are women, so we at Towne Home Care celebrate women every day. But International Women’s Day provides us with an opportunity to focus on some of the great accomplishments of women in the healthcare field. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the United States. She started her career as a teacher, but when a dying friend told her she would have been saved if her

Caregiving Is a Calling

Posted by admin on February 27, 2017

Category: Caregiving
When I was 10 years old, my grandpa moved into the house with us. He was still in pretty good health but was lonely living on his own after my grandma passed on. I loved having him around, and would run to say hello as soon as I came home from school. He would share a cookies and milk snack with me and would stay close while I did my homework, just in case I

Eating for Heart Health

Posted by admin on February 20, 2017

Category: Cooking, Heart Health
The statistics on heart disease in the United States are scary, with heart attack being the most common cause of death in the country. Preventing (and sometimes even reversing) heart disease is possible, and it starts with better nutrition. Here’s how to eat for heart health: Make Veggies a Priority Many of us learned to eat protein and carbs with a few vegetables on the side. But if we make veggies a priority and reduce