Monthly Archives: March 2014

Palliative home care: What it is, how you can access it, and what you need to know in order for it to be successful.

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  Many people are interested in dying at home, but don’t know what steps to take in order for this to happen successfully and peacefully. Palliative home care is a program offered by Alberta Health Services, for individuals who have … MORE

Aspen Care Calgary is now on Twitter!

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@AspenCareYYC is has joined the masses of Twitter fans around the globe! Come connect with us as we keep you up-to-date on the latest findings in aging healthcare, Alberta Healthcare policies and practices, resources and activities in your community, and … MORE

How to use our resources page: A look at our featured care facilities

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Hi Calgary!   I’m excited to talk to you about our resources page – particularly the section that offers information on care facilities. Have you ever gotten a call from a loved one’s doctor suggesting that you start exploring supportive … MORE

Your options for home care services

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   I predict great things for Aspen Care this year, and hope you all come along for the ride. Keep checking our blog for new articles on health, wellness, aging, and resources in Calgary, and come follow us on Twitter … MORE

Volunteering in hospice palliative care

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My love for hospice and palliation was born in 2008, when I began volunteering at the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, BC. It was there that I developed my profound love and respect for end-of-life care. To say the … MORE

Transitioning a loved one into Personal care assistant – the complexities of progressive dementia

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Imagine the following scenario: Your loved one has accelerating dementia and you’re concerned about her safety. You aren’t sure if she’s taking her medication, and aren’t sure if you can trust her to remember. When you try and offer her … MORE

Group bereavement support in the Greater Calgary Area

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I came across an article in the Huffington Post British Columbia that described a weekly Bereavement Walking Program in Vancouver (found at www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/12/vancouver-hospice-society_n_4263859.html?utm_hp_ref=tw). This is an informal support system for people who have recently lost a loved one and are … MORE

Wondering where to donate? Financial donations to health care education/improvement.

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In our life journey, it is likely that we will come across some incredible health care providers. These are people that are emblazed in our memories and shape our recollections of our medical adventures. In many cases, patients and their … MORE

How can we plan for a good end of life?

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One year ago, Judy MacDonald Johnston did a beautiful TED Talk on preparation for a good end of life. The clip and transcript can be found at her website http://www.goodendoflife.com. I strongly encourage you to set aside 6 minutes of … MORE