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May 12, 2017
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"He who says he can, and he who says he can't, are both usually right."

I heard this quote recently, and it really struck me as being true. When it comes to difficult things in our lives, we need to have the mental strength to choose to get through them. Being a caregiver is an extremely difficult, yet rewarding job. It takes a lot of mental strength to get through each day. There will be days when you want to give up, but if you choose to get through it, you can.

We have services that are here to help you get through those hard days, whether it’s through our Home Care, Palliative Care, or Hospice services. It's a sign of mental strength to reach out for help when you need it, and we will be there to help you get through it. You can do it!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

April 07, 2017
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Not a very fun topic to talk about. It's there though, and lots of people are suffering with it. Today is World Health Day, and the focus for this year is on the issue of depression. The WHO put out a good video I recommend that you watch, it can be found here. We can help those in our families that are depressed with a variety of ways. The first we should try is to talk about it. I found some good information from the Mayo Clinic on depression that I thought I would share with you here:

"Depression symptoms in older adults
Depression is not a normal part of growing older, and it should never be taken lightly. Unfortunately, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated in older adults, and they may feel reluctant to seek help. Symptoms of depression may be different or less obvious in older adults, such as:
-Memory difficulties or personality changes
-Physical aches or pain
-Fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems, aches or loss of interest in sex — not caused by a medical condition or medication
-Often wanting to stay at home, rather than going out to socialize or doing new things
-Suicidal thinking or feelings, especially in older men

When to see a doctor
If you feel depressed, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you can. If you're reluctant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or loved one, a health care professional, a faith leader, or someone else you trust.

When to get emergency help
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Also consider these options if you're having suicidal thoughts:
Call your mental health specialist.
-Call a suicide hotline number — in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Use that same number and press "1" to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
-Seek help from your primary doctor or other health care provider.
-Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
-Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone else in your faith community.

If a loved one or friend is in danger of attempting suicide or has made an attempt:
-Make sure someone stays with that person
-Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately
-Or, if you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room"

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

March 31, 2017
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"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."


Our bodies are like cars. What do I mean by that? Well, just like with any vehicle, parts wear out, deteriorate, rust, or just stop working altogether over time. We may do lots of preventative maintenance, "change our oil" like we are supposed to, but still, eventually, the car will fail for one reason or another. Our bodies are no different. Sometimes, we even are stuck with defective parts, but unlike the auto industry, there is no recalling parts of our bodies that didn't come as they should. So what does this have to do with growing older? As I tell my patients, the alternative to growing older and facing all of the challenges and problems that come with it, is simply this, dying young. No one gets out of life alive, so we might as well take good stock of our situation, and be grateful for what we have. It could always be worse.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

March 24, 2017
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Earlier this week there was a Facebook post on our site about spring cleaning. If you missed it, you can see it here:

The article did a really nice job of highlighting different areas to take note of, from making sure the cleaning was a team effort, to making sure you reorganize stuff as we all should. I have another take away from this article though. Let's do a spring "check up" on how our elderly family members are doing. Since a lot of us take the time to go around the house and see what needs to be done, why not meet with our elderly loved ones and see what stuff they need for their own personal care to be done? Maybe they are having a harder time showering, or getting the groceries. Maybe they don't feel safe driving anymore but still need to go to doctor appointments.

If you find yourself thinking that they do need additional help, give us a call! We would be happy to see how our services can meet your loved ones needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)



March 17, 2017
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Do you know what palliative homecare is?

First, it's care that is provided in your home environment. Second, it is care that manages your pain and keeps you as comfortable as possible. Unlike hospice care, palliative homecare doesn't require a terminal diagnosis of 6 months or less to live. If you have any of the following, please don't hesitate to call us and see if you qualify:

-Patients with chronic, severe or unmanaged pain.
-Patients with chronic or advanced stages disease such as CHF, COPD, Cancer (all types), Diabetes, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, MS, Parkinson's, Stroke, Sickle Cell Anemia, Huntington's Disease, HIV/AIDS, ALS.
-Patients not medically eligible for Hospice care or have a prognosis of greater than 6 months.
-Patients eligible for Hospice but the patient or family is not ready or accepting of Hospice services.
-Patients that have improved and are being discharged from Hospice services.
-Patients for which it takes a taxing effort to leave the home.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

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