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By contactus@intelicarehs.com
February 24, 2017
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"Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your burdens."

~Unknown

Perspectives. It really does matter in life how you look at things. Good things will happen to all of us, as well as bad things. That's why I agree with this quote, because we all have both blessings and burdens in our lives. If we focus on our blessings though, and think often of them and talk about them, it will change our mindset to be more positive instead of negative. Sometimes, we just have to be determined to be positive even when life gets us down. Maybe something bad has happened to you recently, and you do have a lot of burdens. Remember that all things in life are temporary, and there are ways out of problems and help you can get from others to get through them. Don't be afraid to reach out for that help. We have trained social workers, chaplains, and bereavement counselors that can assist you if you would like our help.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
February 17, 2017
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"The expert in anything was once a beginner."
~Unknown

Do you feel inadequate as a caregiver? That's ok! We all have to start somewhere. Being a caregiver is not something that we all intrinsically know how to do. We all need help though to become better than where we are currently. Have you asked your Homecare or Hospice nurse techniques on helping your loved one move around in a safer manner? Don't be afraid to ask our team any questions that you may have. We are happy to help you and your loved one. There is no shame in asking.

Find the closest InTeliCare location to you today to get the help that you need for your loved one!

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
February 10, 2017
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Uh oh, it's time to have "the talk." A lot of you may have instantly thought of that ever-dreadful moment where your kids ask you where babies come from. That's not "the talk" I'm talking about. I'm talking about when we see our parents age, and there are changes that need to be made in their lives that are difficult to discuss. It could be the need to tell them to stop driving, or the need to talk about a better home environment where they can receive more care. None of us really want to have "the talk" but it still needs to be done. I'm sure you have seen those articles or news stories about a 90 something year old that drives into a store and hurts people. See an example here. When we hear those stories, the knee jerk reaction is to think, why did her family let her drive? But then when it comes to our own parents, we shirk at the idea of taking away Mom's keys. Funny how that works.

How about when Mom or Dad can't take care of themselves anymore? Do you know the signs and symptoms to look for when they do need help? I found a good article here that will give you some help in that area.

So, you know you need to have "the talk," but how should you do it? I would definitely do it in person, this is not an over the phone or by e-mail discussion. I would calmly present your concerns, and be ready to listen well and not to argue. After all, how would you like it if someone took your keys away for your beloved car? Or if someone told you that you needed to move out of your house you owned and cared for the last 40 years? Go slow, and come from a place of love and concern. They may not agree with you the first time, and that's ok. Big changes take time.

As always, if you need help in this area, don't hesitate to contact us to speak to a social worker. They can help you with these concerns.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)

 

 


By contactus@intelicarehs.com
February 03, 2017
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"Don't judge people. You never know what kind of battle they are fighting."

~Unknown

It's easy to judge others. It's easy to dismiss the concerns and troubles of others when we haven't experienced them before ourselves. There seems to be a lack of understanding towards others in this world. It's nothing new, it's always been there. Why not do something about it? Why not show some grace to one another? To give others the benefit of the doubt? We may not like what other people do, but they have their reasons for it. We're all just trying to do the best that we can with what we know to be true.

I'm reminded of a video where a man berates his mother who has Alzheimer's, because she is doing things that she shouldn't be doing (like driving or lighting fires in the house). Instead of judging and becoming angry, instead, try to understand why things are happening as they are. Try to see the other points of view. Try to be understanding of that loved one with their disease and how it affects them. If we do so, we may all get along a little bit better and make this world a better place.

-Greg Poulos, Chaplain (InTeliCare Hospice- Novi)