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Broken Heart Syndrome

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 2 comments

Broken Heart Syndrome

Abigail folded her hands and bowed her head. “Thank you Jesus for our food. In Jesus Name. Amen.” “That was sweet, Honey. Wasn’t it dad?”  Marilyn patted her aging dad on the knee. “Dad. Didn’t Abby do a great job with the prayer?” Her father stared at the table. He unfolded the plaid cloth napkin and placed it in his lap. Marilyn’s teenage son gently nudged his grandfather’s arm. “Green beans?” Still no response. Marilyn...

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What About Our Elders

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 0 comments

What About Our Elders

By Cindy Sproles “Place the elderly in prisons. They will get a hot shower a day, video surveillance to ensure immediate nursing assistance (i.e., in the case of a fall – many elderly victims will be stuck for hours without assistance,) three meals a day, access to a library, computer, TV, and a gym. Put criminals in nursing homes. They have cold meals, lights off at 7pm, one bath a week, live in a smaller room and pay rent at $4,000 a month! It’s pretty sad that we treat prisoners...

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A Minute – A Lifetime

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

A Minute – A Lifetime

It’s true. In a minute you can find a lifetime. The problem is we rarely take the minute. I know from experience, and one that made me rethink, what was important. I grew up listening to the stories of a wonderful man named Harold. Every Sunday when we’d enter the church he’d snag your hand and pull you to one side. “Did I ever tell you about the time…” As a teen, his stories rarely interested me. He’d grown up playing in the same schoolyard as my...

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Water, Water – Who’s Got the Water

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 1 comment

Water, Water – Who’s Got the Water

By Cindy Sproles Marybeth was the new charge nurse in a prominent nursing home facility. As she perused the hallways after resident meals were served, she noticed carton after carton of unopened milk, 8 oz. glasses of cellophane sealed tea and cups of coffee…all untouched. “My residents aren’t taking in fluids.” She commented to the board. “I want to begin a campaign to encourage our people to drink more water.” So she did. It took time, but Marybeth and her CNA’s poured cups of ice water,...

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