Category Archives: Hospice & Home Care

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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Capturing Precious Memories with YouthWorks

Capturing Precious Memories with YouthWorks By Branden Johnson Karlee Jones, Raegan Ramynke, and Jessica McCallister came to Cottage in the Meadow with one goal in mind—to create a memory book for one of our hospice patients.  We all sat down … Continue reading

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Memorial’s Home Health, Transitions and Hospice offices are moving

• Home health care is a skilled, personalized service provided to patients of all ages in their place of residence, including assisted living or group home settings. • Hospice offers comprehensive support to terminally ill patients and their families. In … Continue reading

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Raegan’s Heart for Hospice

By Branden Johnson     I had the opportunity to observe Raegan Ramynke during her senior project. Raegan’s senior project was to increase community awareness about hospice care and to raise money for end-of-life care services in our community. Her … Continue reading

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