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What it takes to be a Hospice Volunteer

As the Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice of the South Shore, I coordinate the 40 volunteers that support patients and their caregivers across the region.

Our volunteers visit with patients in their homes. They provide respite for caregivers, so that they can go out and do errands, go out to lunch with friends, or take a nap in another part of the house. They also visit patients who are in facilities, where the primary goal is more companionship and stimulation. Each volunteer gives about three or four hours per week of his or her time.

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Topics: Caregiving, People of South Shore Health, Home Care

South Shore Health System Supports Survivors of Early Adulthood Loss

When you envision a grief support group, what do you see?

If you are like most people, you may picture a scene from a TV show or movie, with chairs arranged in a circle and older, widowed adults blowing their noses. Certainly, there is a kind of nuance to the placement of chairs and tissue boxes that many support groups share. However, we recognize that grief occurs in all ages and stages of life, and it is not just older adults that are in need of support after a loss.

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Topics: Caregiving

What the Walk for Hospice Means to Hospice Nurses

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 8, 2018 9:45:04 AM

Each spring, more than 2,000 people from across the South Shore gather for the Walk for Hospice. Now in its 27th year, the Walk for Hospice raises funds to support the more than 600 hospice patients and their families served by Hospice of the South Shore.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Caregiving

Infographic: Caregiver Stress

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 30, 2017 8:28:00 AM

Caring for a loved one for any length of time without much assistance can lead to significant stress for a caregiver. But it may be difficult for a caregiver to not only see how that strain affects his or her life, but also how to alleviate that stress in a healthy way.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Caregiving

How Home Health Aides Ease the Burden on Cargegivers

Posted by Lisa Royer, Director of Home and Health Resources on Nov 16, 2017 9:31:11 AM

As the holiday season approaches, many of us will travel from near or far to spend time with family and friends. During this time together, it’s common for many families to realize that a loved one might need additional help at home.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Caregiving

Three Common Myths about Grief

Unfortunately, all of us will grieve the loss of a loved one at some point in our lives. Despite the fact that loss is a universal experience, grief is something that most of our society is uncomfortable engaging, allowing myths to flourish. From the “stages of grief” to wondering why someone isn’t “acting sad” after a death, these myths are part of our culture, and can make it hard for those who are grieving to feel understood and supported.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Caregiving, Home Care

Ten Ways to Identify and Alleviate Caregiver Stress

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 29, 2016 2:33:58 PM

Assuming the role as a caregiver is a selfless act requiring a level of commitment and patience that can be quite overwhelming. In fact, while caring for a loved one can be rewarding, more often than not, caregivers feel anxious by the amount of care their aging, sick or disabled family member needs.

“Family caregiving cannot be equated to professional caregivers, such as nurses who are taught to remove themselves emotionally after a day’s work,” said Tina Dwyer, RN, Director of Care Coordination for South Shore Health System's Home & Community Care division. “Family caregivers often juggle competing demands with the demands of their own life, which can be quite a challenge."

There are an estimated 65 million Americans caring for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly family member or friend during any given year—the majority, baby-boomers who are not only managing the lives of aging family members, but also raising children, working full-time jobs, and handling the day-to-day responsibilities in their own lives. 

“There is a tendency for caregivers to feel guilty when they are not focusing all their attention on the needs of their loved one,” Tina said. ”Over time, some caregivers may begin to disregard their own health.”

The good news is that through learning the specific signs of caregiver stress, we can effectively build awareness for ourselves and others so that the likelihood of stress-related health implications can be avoided.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Caregiving

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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