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Her name was Estella.
I was struck by her name when we were informed there would be a little 7-year-old girl coming into our hospice care unit. It was a beautiful name and was as unique as she was.
Preparations were underway to get her room ready and we found that the side rail of the baby crib that slides up and down was loose. As a chaplain, I pitch in and help staff wherever I can. I immediately seized the opportunity to work on my ‘inpatient maintenance merit badge’ and ran down to the facilities department for tools. Thus began my unexpected connection with a little girl I had never met, born with infantile cerebral palsy.Read More
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Trustbridge is pleased to welcome Kristin Ahr, of counsel in Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach Office, to its Board of Directors. Ahr joins local industry leaders serving as director members.
Ahr has been practicing law in Florida for more than twenty years. At Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel, her practice is focused on employment litigation and compliance, and commercial litigation. She serves as counsel to a broad range of clients, public and private, in both federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, and alternative dispute resolution forums.
“My father is a retired oncologist who practiced medicine in Palm Beach County for 40 years. I am excited to join this organization to honor my father’s work, dedication and compassion and to honor the memory of the patients he cared for in his 40 years as a physician,” said Ahr.Read More
"I realized it wasn't that he was not wanted, it was that he was waiting for us."
"...there is nothing pretty about watching a child die. It was not a beautiful experience, but I prayed his death would be able to be at home with our family present, and not chaotic and full of procedures and painful interventions."Read More
Increasingly, people in their 60s and 70s are assisting their moms and dads.
"Though older caregivers get scant attention, resources are available. Over the years, Hall has shared caregiving ups and downs at CareGiving.com — a significant source of information and comfort. Across the country, local chapters of Area Agencies on Aging run caregiver support programs, as do organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network, the Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Alliance for Caregiving and Parenting Our Parents, an outfit focused on adult children who become caregivers. A helpful list of resources is available here."Read More
"For some sons and daughters, getting your parent to accept help may require more than just strategy, patience and a plan. It may take a crisis."Read More
"That summer, my siblings and I joined the ranks of the 15 million or so unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in this country. A recent study found that almost half of this largely invisible work force spends, on average, nearly 30 hours a week providing care to relatives, many of whom have dementia, an estimated more than $400 billion worth of annual unpaid time.
The work takes its toll. These sons, daughters, husbands and wives are at increased risk of developing depression, as well as physical and financial difficulties, including loss of job productivity. Being sick and elderly in this country can be terrifying. Having a sick and elderly loved one is often a full-time job."Read More