How Does Home Health Care Work in OKC?

If your loved one is suffering from illness or injury and isn’t eligible for hospice, you might consider exploring your home health care options. Sometimes the simplest comforts like sleeping in your own bed or drinking tea from your favorite mug contribute to a

7 Qualities to Look for in Hospice Care Companies in Moore

When a loved one receives the diagnosis of a terminal illness, the whole world can come to a halt. It can be difficult processing the news and knowing what steps to take next. However, hospice care companies can provide the support your loved one

Norman Hospice Care and Medicare: A Guide to Minimal (or Zero) Cost

One of the most common questions we receive regarding Norman hospice care is, “how much will it cost?” When your loved one has received a terminal prognosis, Medicare is an option to consider to help with costs. Before you enter a hospice program, a

What Hospice Care in Purcell Can Offer That Other Programs Can’t

For many, hospice care is an intimidating topic to discuss because of its association with terminal illness. But as a whole, hospice is a specialized care program that provides medical and emotional support in the final months of a patient’s illness.

5 Ways Hospice Helps Loved Ones Live Out Their Best Days

When a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it can set a roller coaster of feelings in motion. From medical opinions to treatment options and realistic perspectives, it can be difficult determining the right solution when you’re overwhelmed. All too often, we hear families

A Guide to Hospice Care and Pain Management

Pain control is one of the central pillars of hospice care. From a legal standpoint, federal and state guidelines require that hospice providers make every reasonable effort to ensure the patient’s symptoms are managed. It’s a goal of hospice interdisciplinary teams and RN case

Hospice Care for Patients With Dementia

It’s difficult for physicians to determine with precision how long a patient with a terminal illness can expect to live. But, it’s particularly challenging when the patient is also suffering from advanced dementia. Medicare requires a physician to certify that the patient entering hospice

10 Things to Expect When Starting Hospice Care in Norman

When a loved one faces terminal illness and the treatment meant to cure or slow the disease is no longer working, they may decide to forgo treatment and turn to hospice. In the later stages, the quality of each day is important. You desire

Your #1 Question Answered: What is Covered by Medicare with Hospice Care?

Hospice is a specialized type of service for those facing a terminal illness. Hospice addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and is provided to those with a life expectancy of six months or less. The goal of hospice care is to

Reasons You Shouldn’t Delay Starting Hospice Care

Hospice provides expert medical care with the unique goal of maintaining or improving the quality of life for someone facing a terminal illness. In hospice, curative practices are replaced with treatment to ease their pain and suffering. It’s administered by a team of skilled

How to Explain Hospice Care Needs in Oklahoma to Your Siblings

Hospice care uses a team-oriented approach to medical care, pain management and emotional support for patients facing a terminal illness. This support system is extended to their loved ones as well, as many family caregivers rely on clinicians to initiate family discussions about end-of-life

Hospice Care in Oklahoma and Medications: The Top Myth Debunked

One of the biggest hospice myths is your loved one won’t have access to important medications for symptom management and pain relief. Put simply, hospice care in Oklahoma provides comfort and care to the patient. If their existing prescriptions are bringing them relief, then

Where is Hospice Care in Ada Normally Provided?

Hospice provides patients with expert medical care, pain management and emotional support tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. According to a report led by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, over 1.3M Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in hospice in 2015. That number

How to Choose Hospice Care in Lexington: 5 Questions You Should Be Asking

There can be a lot of questions during this time following a loved one’s terminal diagnosis. We’re here to answer your questions, take some of the stress off your shoulders, and provide hospice care in Lexington 1. When should I start looking? You should

The Immediate Steps to Take When Hospice Care in Moore is Needed.

  Before starting hospice care in Moore, a patient first has to receive a terminal diagnosis with the expectation the illness will run its natural course in the next six months.  The steps immediately following the diagnosis will help ensure your loved one receives

5 Tips for Celebrating the Holidays With a Loved One in Hospice

The holidays can be unfamiliar terrain when a loved one is terminally ill. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your time together. Whether your loved one is at home or in an assisted living center, there are endless ways to

3 Reasons Why Hospice Care in Moore is So Important

Receiving a terminal diagnosis is devastating. The following weeks and months are difficult when a loved one is facing a serious illness. This is one of many reasons why access to hospice care in Moore is so important -- it helps your loved one

How Hospice in Ada works: Making their time as comfortable as possible.

  Talking about end-of-life care is never easy, but knowing how hospice in Ada works will help ease some of the common concerns that arise from uncertainty. The purpose of hospice is to make your loved one as comfortable as possible. And it starts

Hospice Care Services You Didn’t Know Existed

Beginning hospice care services can seem overwhelming and a little scary, but the services exist to help you and your loved ones. Most people know hospice can begin after receiving a terminal diagnosis, but the care goes beyond simply helping with medicine and everyday activities.

McCortney Home Hospice is a Fazzi Award Recipient

Wow, what an exciting season! We’re honored to announce McCortney Home Hospice is named a national best practice agency by Fazzi Associates. This particular award focuses on an important aspect of a home hospice - caregiver experience. We have every employee to thank for

Caretaker’s Guide: Celebrating the Holidays with Someone who has Alzheimer’s

Some of the best memories of a lifetime can happen around Christmas and the New Year. But when your loved one has either lost most those memories or is barely grasping onto them, the holiday season can be tough to celebrate.  Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Five fun activities to do with someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Memories hold the key to our most treasured experiences, and if you have known someone with Dementia or Alzheimer's, you know how heartbreaking and confusing it can be. It is hard to understand why your loved one doesn't remember all of the things you

Seven Tips for Senior Flu Prevention

The flu is an awful sickness for anyone regardless of age, but it is especially dangerous for the aging population. The oldest members of your family are at risk because as you age, you begin to lose the ability to cough adequately. This means

Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

Home safety is important for aging family members. For many older Americans, falls in the home are a serious risk for devastating injuries. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older Americans according to The Center for Disease Control.  29 million

End-of-life care: How to talk health with parents (and their medical team)

When your aging parent has a medical team helping them manage their end-of-life care including medications and treatment, it is important you know how to communicate effectively with all the members. Sometimes, your mom or dad doesn’t want to tell their doctor the whole

10 Tips for Managing an Aging Parent’s Finances

As you guide a parent through the aging process, more than likely you’ll encounter income and expenses you never knew existed. Credit card debt, mortgages, investments — the list goes on. Whether your loved one is in good health or on hospice, it’s wise

Seven early warning signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's is a deadly disease that attacks the brain and results in a decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Alone any one warning sign doesn’t mean Alzheimer’s, but it is crucial to visit a physician if you or a loved one are showing

Tough conversations: How to know it is time for your parent to stop driving

Driving means independence, and it is hard to know when it is time to put down the keys for good. If you are concerned about a family member or loved one on the road, then it is time for tough conversations. It also means

Six steps for Starting Oklahoma Hospice Care

When someone you love is sick with a life-limiting illness, then it might be time for you to seek additional help. The process of finding Oklahoma hospice care feels overwhelming. Don't worry. Getting started is sometimes the hardest part. We want to help by

Inevitable Doesn’t Have to Mean Unpleasant- How McCortney Can Help

Hospice is about comfort during a time of illness. At McCortney Family Hospice it is always about the patient and the family. Typically, a family member steps into the caregiver role when someone they love becomes ill and is unable to care for themselves,

8 Ways to Help Improve Sleep for Seniors

Have you ever wondered why aging adults tend to sleep and wake up at earlier times? As a loved one ages, they often experience changes in sleeping patterns — which is completely normal. However, if they’re waking up tired each day and experiencing fatigue,

The Basics of Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease can be a little unnerving. There are several stages of Alzheimer’s that require different levels of precautions and care, and everyday activities can become greater tasks to overcome. However, we’ve collected some information on what to

5 Strategies for Managing Your Parent’s Finances

It’s important to have conversations with parents early on before they’re unable to handle their estate, will and financial planning. In an ideal world, your parents will bring up these topics. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Helping a parent manage finances can

Planning a funeral: What you need to consider

Planning a funeral can be wrought with what feels like a million decisions – decisions made much more difficult when you’re grieving the loss of your loved one. Consider planning when possible, so that the choices you make best reflect the deceased’s wishes as

Spring Break Fun for Grandparents and Grandkids

As a kid, spending time with your grandparents over spring break could be either an awesome adventure or a total buzzkill. However, there are plenty of wonderful activities for kids to do with their grandparents over the holiday. Here are just a few of

How to Negotiate Caregiving with Siblings

A joint study conducted by Cornell and Purdue universities in 2013 found that a parent’s more likely to become depressed when his or her preference of primary caregiver isn’t honored. Splitting up caregiving roles can be an uneasy conversation for siblings. Each sibling is

Exploring Home Delivery Options

“According to estimates, there are hundreds of thousands — maybe even a million seniors living in their homes who are malnourished” (NPR 2015). Cooking nutritious food can become difficult to impossible as you get older, because a number of health problems may arise including

9 Caregiver Resolutions for 2017

If your caregiver for a loved one, it’s easy to find yourself strapped for time. You may be tempted to nix resolutions this year. After all, your plate is already pretty full. But, hang on just one second. Family caregivers face a series of

4 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Though winter lays out pristine blankets of snow, it can quickly become worrisome for aging seniors. Because winter is unpredictable (especially in Oklahoma), it’s important to plan for any case – unsafe traveling conditions or even power outages. Seniors need to take extra precaution

6 Tips for Helping a Parent Refusing Care

Your father’s eyesight is deteriorating. He refuses to stop driving. Your mother has fallen twice this year. She won’t accept help. Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, relative or friend, it’s tough watching a loved one age. It's even tougher when you try helping a

Home Care vs. Nursing Home Care

A great majority of seniors hope to stay in place as they age. After all, it’s home sweet home — and a familiar surrounding. Today, there are dozens of options for seniors when health or mobility has become a burden. Whether you or a

Benefits of Pets for aging parents.

Pet owners and healthcare workers alike know the positive power animals can bring into our lives. Studies have shown that animal-assisted therapy can offer immediate physiological and psychological benefits, including lowering blood pressure and relieving stress and anxiety in many patient populations. In other

5 Tips for Preventing Senior Falls

Did you know one-fourth of Americans, age 65 and older, fall each year? (1) Senior falls are frightening incidents for both the individual and their family. A sudden slip may result in a hip fracture, broken bone, or even a head injury. Even if

6 Common Hospice Misconceptions

Choosing hospice care can be a difficult decision for you or for your loved one. With hospice misconceptions, people who could truly benefit never receive these services out of fear. Naturally, no one likes to dwell on the subject of death. People tend to

Jennifer Cary Named to Oklahoma’s Great 100 Nurses

Our team at McCortney Family Hospice is excited to announce our VP of Operations/Director of Nursing and RN, Jennifer Cary, was selected as one of the Great 100 Nurses of Oklahoma. Jennifer was awarded this prestigious honor Sept. 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are

Tips for Traveling with Oxygen

Hospice patients and others who suffer from medical conditions like COPD frequently use oxygen, and this can make them feel like they’re “trapped” inside their home. However, that’s far from the case. We have tips for traveling with oxygen, so your loved one can gain

Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Preventing Falls in Older Adults When seniors are living in their own home, the biggest danger they typically face is falling. One out of every three people over age 65 has a serious fall each year. In people 75 and older, those falls

Hospice Care as an Antidepressant?

Hospice Care as an Antidepressant? If your husband or wife is dying and you’ve been providing care, nothing can replace those final precious days with your loved one. However, caregiving is an extremely tough row to hoe for spouses, and we’ve known for a

Deciding Where to Get Care for Your Elderly Parents

I typically try not to copy and paste too much from the in-home care articles that I link to on this blog, but I'm just not sure I could write this story much better than they did.  (Read the whole thing here.)  I'll give

Oklahoma is the Third Cheapest State for Long-Term Care Costs in 2014

Oklahoma is the Third Cheapest State for Long-Term Care Costs in 2014 You will have to follow the links to find the details of the study, but I thought it was noteworthy that Oklahoma is the third cheapest state in which to receive long-term

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