How Bereavement Camps Help Grieving Kids

How Bereavement Camps Help Grieving Kids

“What can I do to help?”

That question often weighs on the minds of the parents or guardians of a grieving child.

Some children instinctually express their emotions through verbalization, art, music and play. Other children need guidance on how to express feelings of grief and loss.

“It is helpful to children when the adults in their lives provide opportunities to acknowledge the grief everyone is feeling,” The National Alliance for Grieving Children states. “It is also helpful when children can gather with peers grieving similar situations.”

Bereavement camp is a place where children can meet other kids who are facing grief, and are given the opportunity to bond and process loss with them.

Reiki in hospice – energetic connections

Reiki in hospice – energetic connections

Volunteering as a Reiki Practitioner at JourneyCare is an incredibly rewarding and sacred experience.

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique and a form of alternative medicine in which energy is channeled from the practitioner to the patient to enhance and rebalance the system physically, mentally and spiritually to reduce stress, pain, agitation and fatigue. Reiki is facilitated using either a very light touch or no touch with hands slightly off the body, providing a therapeutic option for those who are in pain or unable to be touched.

Step inside a JourneyCare physician’s world on National Doctors’ Day

Step inside a JourneyCare physician’s world on National Doctors’ Day

Saturday, March 30, is National Doctors’ Day and we're letting our wonderful JourneyCare physicians know how much they are appreciated! Dr. Dana Delach shares her thoughts on why she is privileged to serve.

I am a medical director for JourneyCare. I have been employed with JourneyCare since 2016. Many of you are probably wondering what does a medical director do? I do a variety of things for the organization. I oversee three out of twenty-one teams for the organization. We have over 35 medical directors that serve over 1,295 patients in Chicago and the surrounding communities.

3 New Ways JourneyCare is Helping to Prevent Patient Falls

3 New Ways JourneyCare is Helping to Prevent Patient Falls

It's Patient Safety Awareness Week and JourneyCare is committed to the safety of those we serve. We're focusing this week on education to help reduce patient falls.

Our population of patients is at a higher risk for falls. Falls can lead to serious injuries that may impair mobility or lead to less independence. For those who want to live better and longer, appropriate steps need to be taken to prevent falls. JourneyCare clinicians have a role in promoting safety to prevent them. Their simple changes and suggestions for change to patients and caregivers about their surroundings can make a big impact.

JourneyCare team members have been exercising Patient Safety Awareness Week through a few different methods.

 

Hospice social workers: serving patients with dementia and families

Hospice social workers: serving patients with dementia and families

For National Professional Social Work Month, JourneyCare Social Worker Rachel Risler explains how hospice social workers provide compassionate care and support to patients with dementia and their loved ones. 

I've been working as a social worker with the elderly population since 2004, the last five years at JourneyCare. I became a social worker specifically to work with patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Since making the move from long-term care to hospice care, I have been honored to share the journey of end-stage dementia with patients and families. 

Book review: "Every Note Played"

Book review:

Lisa Genova, the neuroscientist who engaged readers with “Still Alice,” her riveting tale of a professor struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s, has now written an equally riveting tale of an acclaimed concert pianist, Richard, struggling with the terrible diagnosis of ALS — that not only takes his life, but even more importantly to him, his career. Her new work, “Every Note Played,” puts a human face on this unrelenting disease.

Students share unconditional love of animals with hospice patients

Students share unconditional love of animals with hospice patients

Many of us understand the joy, love, laughter and healing that our own animals bring to our souls. Imagine a high school club that allows teens to take part in enriching lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond through visits to nonprofit organizations such as JourneyCare.

The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program has partnered with Barrington High School to create the SOUL Buddies Animal Therapy Club. Students are teamed with mentors and animals from the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program and the Masonic Association of Service and Therapy Dogs (M.A.S.T.) to learn how to handle registered and certified therapy animals with hospice patients and others. Then we visit JourneyCare with miniature horses and dogs (plus mini donkeys in training!) and other organizations in the Barrington community. 

In loving memory: ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’ performance benefiting JourneyCare

In loving memory: ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’ performance benefiting JourneyCare

This February 28, the JourneyCare Foundation is proud to invite you to 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore,' a play written by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. It is organized as a series of monologues and features an all-female cast. The women reflect on relationships and what they wore, using the wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman’s life. JourneyCare Board Member Stephanie Leese Emrich will direct this production.

Angel wings and art in hospice

Angel wings and art in hospice

I started as an art therapy intern with JourneyCare in July. I initially felt nervous to begin working in hospice. In school, we were taught treatment planning over the course of months  ̶  but with end-of life-care, it was potentially an expedited timeline. I knew that with some patients, I might only get to see them one time. I questioned how much of an impact I could possibly make having only one session with someone. I worried about the power such limited time could have.

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