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By contactus@intelicarehs.com
January 27, 2017
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Most people don't like talking about death. I get it, it's not a very uplifting or fun topic to think about, let alone openly discuss. Most people don't want to die, and we tend to think we will live forever, even if we know that's not true. There comes a time though in most of our lives where our health will start to deteriorate, and we will find ourselves needing more care and support from others. Eventually, this could lead to the diagnosis of a terminal illness, and then we are faced with some stark options. Do we continue to treat aggressively until the day we die, or do we try to focus on pain management and forgo aggressive treatment? Which is the right option? It really is a personal choice, but it is a choice that our loved ones should know about should we ever get in that situation where we are unable to speak our wishes to them (by the way, that's why you should have a will and MDPOA- Medical Durable Power of Attorney).

In hospice care (the "H" word people don't like to discuss), we subscribe to the philosophy of quality of days over quantity of days. Why have another year to live if you're going to be in and out of the hospital and as a result feel drained of life every single day? Why not focus on what time you have left and enjoy it? Eat that chocolate sundae, spend time with your family, and for some, check off that bucket list! In hospice care, we want you to make the most of every day and make it count. After all, life is short, enjoy it!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
January 20, 2017
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Today is inauguration day. A day that occurs every 4 years where we peaceable transition power from one President to the other. It got me thinking about change, and I found this gem of a quote I want to share with you all.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

~Socrates

What changes have you made in your life recently? Are there New Year's resolutions that you are working on? Is there some other personal of professional goal that you want to start but are afraid to try because you might fail? Why not go for it? Recently at our office, we've been focusing on being more healthy by getting fitness trackers and encouraging each other. We've made some great progress, yay team!

So like Socrates said, put all of your energy into building the new. Too many of us spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror when we should be focused on where we are driving forward. Being excessively focused on the past is not a good thing; it's fun to reminisce, but not at the expense of the living in the present and properly planning for the future.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
January 06, 2017
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"At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared; not our competence but our character; and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love."

~Author unknown

Love seems to be the theme of late, but it bears repeating until we start really living it out. After all, people are what matter, not the stuff we have. The things we buy, treasure, and desire only last for a little while. The things that really matter are the people in our lives. The family, the friends, and those in the community around us. There has been a lot of divisive speech and anger in our nation these past few years, and what I want to remind everyone is that we are all people. Flesh and blood, just like one another. We may be different, but instead of focusing on what we don't like about others or have in common, why not focus on what we do like and have in common? That's part of what love is all about. Overlooking someone elses flaws and still wanting to be with them or around them and getting along with them. We need a lot more love in this world.

I want to highlight our hospice and homecare caregivers that take care of our patients. Thank you! We couldn't do it without you, and it truly is an honor and privilege to come into your home and provide whatever help we can. We don't take it lightly and appreciate the trust you bestow upon us.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)