Category Archives: Hospice & Home Care

Memorial Hospice: Caring for our veterans

Currently, Memorial Hospice cares for fifteen veterans. Staff delivered special service pins and “Welcome Home Vietnam”  pins yesterday to all of our veterans. Cali Hunn, a social worker, said her veteran was overwhelmed and thrilled. He pinned it on his … Continue reading

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Children’s Bereavement Workshop on Sept. 28

Do you know a child who is grieving the loss of a parent or other close loved one? Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering a hands-on workshop to help guide children ages 4-17 and their parents or guardians through the … Continue reading

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Grief recovery groups beginning this fall

Living with Loss—an 8-week discussion-based course working through the book Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Cost is $20 for book/materials, payable on the first day of class Tuesdays from 6 – 7 … Continue reading

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How to help a friend with cancer

Someone you care about is facing cancer, and you want—very much—to support your friend. But you don’t know what to say or do. You’re hardly alone with how you feel. For many of us, cancer is a frightening disease, and … Continue reading

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For caregivers: 6 medication safety tips

As a caregiver, you have a lot of responsibilities—one of which may be helping your loved one manage medications. This can be a complex task, particularly if he or she takes multiple meds. Here are six ways to help you … Continue reading

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Memorial wins national award for end-of-life and palliative care efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 17, 2014 Contacts: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications, 509.577.5051; Elizabeth Lietz, American Hospital Association, 202.626.2284 Memorial earns prestigious national award recognizing end-of-life care efforts YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been named a 2014 Circle of … Continue reading

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Community Resources for those with advanced illness…

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Yaly’s unforgettable hospice experience

By Branden Johnson Yaly Aguilera’s hospice experience began in YouthWorks.  YouthWorks is a program that allows students to experience Memorial’s four initiatives – Children’s care, Cancer care, Healthy Yakima, and End-of-Life care.  Throughout the year she gravitated towards End-of-Life care … Continue reading

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Hospice use not rising with end-of-life planning

A record 72 percent of elderly people had created advance directives in 2010 to guide their end-of-life care. That’s up from 47 percent in 2000, according to research from the University of Michigan (UM) and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. “Given … Continue reading

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YouthWorks puts rakes to good use for Memorial Hospice

By Branden Johnson   I received word from one of our hospice nurses that a hospice patient needed some help raking leaves in their yard.  I immediately thought of the best raking crew I could think of—our YouthWorks team.  I … Continue reading

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