All Care & The Case Management Society of New England are proud to present… An Evening of Education

All Care & The Case Management Society of New England are proud to present…   An Evening of Education   All Care VNA & Hospice, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Extension of the Case Managements Society of New England, is proud to sponsor an educational dinner program at HealthSouth New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn!   All Care’s own Dr. Jerry Schwartz, PhD, LMHC, will present The Sad Patient: Normal Grief or Clinical Depression? on Wednesday, June 8th, at 5 pm at HealthSouth New England Rehabilitation Hospital located at 2 Rehabilitation Way in Woburn.  After a 5:30 dinner, Dr. Schwartz will provide all attendees with the vital information to be able to define the existential perspective of sadness, discuss the history of melancholia, and discuss the modern psychology and psychopathy regarding sadness.   Prior registration is required by May 25, 2016. Registration is FREE to all CSMNE members as well as to All Care and HealthSouth NERH employees; registration is $10 for all non-members and includes dinner and 1-contact hours for RNs, SWs, and CCMs (included in registration fee).  Failure to register by 5/25/16 will result in a $5 to all ($5 charge for CMSNE members, $15 for non-members).   For more information please visit http://www.cmsne.org/events/ or to contact the Case Management Society of New England directly, feel free to call 603-329-7481 or email at CMSNEW@comcast.net CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE COPY Please remember to register by 5/25/16- we look forward to seeing you...

National Health Care Decision Day

April 16, 2016 By: Jerry Schwartz, PhD, LMHC   So what is “National Health Care Decision Day” and why April 16?  It certainly isn’t a day of celebration as familiar as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Labor Day, or the bit more obscure Secretary’s Day or, as I found out recently, Doctor’s Day. Hallmark has opened the door for days for just about anything. So, “National Health Care Decision Day”, is a beneficiary of this momentum although I doubt it was conceived by Hallmark! What began in Virginia in 2006 became a national effort in 2008 to bring awareness to and to educate the public on the importance of Advanced Directives. These directives are, simply putting in writing, who will speak on your behalf about your health care decisions if you are unable to yourself and what are your wishes regarding treatments and interventions that will impact the length, course, and quality of your life. April 16, the day after Tax Day, was chosen to epitomize Mark Twain’s quote, “there are only two certainties in life – taxes and death”. Unlike the world that my 92 year old father believed still existed when I encouraged him to fill out such Advance Directives – saying to me “Don’t worry, if something happens and I can’t speak for myself, they’ll ask your mother” – things are not so simple in this world of medical complexities and litigation. Our wishes need to be stated and in writing or a whole lot of difficulty is generated during situations when time is of the essence and emotions are running high. These Advance Directives, often known...

Tips for the Best Volunteer Experience

By: Elizabeth J. Potter “Every person can make a difference and every person should try.” -John F. Kennedy Volunteers are the invisible glue that keeps communities and nonprofit organizations together. Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The world has benefitted from the dedication and passion of volunteers for millennia, and the 21st century will be no exception as the next generation of volunteers are being connected through digital platforms, virtual giving, and awareness campaigns, the dynamism of volunteering has expanded exponentially.   Volunteer opportunities range from raising money, sharing information, to donating time and skills to a specific cause or nonprofit organization.  As wonderful as it is to be motivated by your sense of community giving or obligation, it’s important to remember that you want to make sure you’re choosing the right volunteer opportunity for you, your passion, and your skills.  Here are some good tips on how to make sure you are choosing the right opportunity for the best volunteer experience. Figure out what’s important to you What kind of a difference are you making? Do you want to make an impact on your local community? Make a contribution to a cause near and dear to your heart? Looking to build on existing talents or learn new skills that will advance your career or enable you to change career paths? Choosing the right volunteer opportunity will depend greatly on what you are looking to achieve personally.  Before embarking on a new volunteer opportunity, it’s important to reflect...

The Benefits of Volunteering

“One of the greatest ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” -Gordon Hinckle     The benefits of volunteering are infinite, for those who serve as well as for those being served.  Actual measurable health benefits, however, can range from increased longevity, decreased stress levels, to generally feeling happier and more fulfilled with your life.  Various studies that can be traced back to the early 80’s have found that physical, emotional, and psychological benefits of volunteering increase both the quality and length of life for those who choose to volunteer their time.       Here are seven examples of how volunteering can have a beneficial impact on your life and career: Increases Social Skills & Helps to Make New Friends One of the best ways to make new friends and acquaintances is to volunteer, what better way to get to know someone than when you are committed to a joint cause? Not only does volunteering provide a great sense of community involvement, it broadens your social network. If you have a hard time meeting new people or are new to the area, volunteering can help provide a chance to practice your social skills and connect with people who have shared interests and common goals, which can make starting a conversation that much easier!   Increases Self-Confidence Not only can volunteering help boost your self-confidence because you are making a positive impact on others and your community, it can increase your self-esteem and general quality of life.  Volunteering provides a sense of accomplishment, the better...

Local ‘Sisters’ Celebrate 5 years as All Care Hospice Volunteers

By: Maureen Burge, CLC When it came time for Nahant’s Maggie Smith and Judith Rotiroti to retire back in 2011, they knew they wanted to volunteer but weren’t quite sure where it would lead them. They thought they may volunteer with children having had careers as elementary school teachers for many years but then one day they were out for a walk on Market Street and stumbled upon All Care VNA and Hospice. They decided to go in and it was there that they learned about hospice volunteering and they never looked back. For Maggie and Judith, their friendship began 48 years ago in the novitiate for the Corpus Christi Carmelites in Gloucester. They served in that community until its dissolution in 1972. They then transferred to Sisters for Christian Community; a non-canonical group of women. They devoted their careers to helping professions including teaching elementary school children and spending their latter part of their careers working in the hospital setting supporting patients and their families through the registration process. Whether it is from young students in the classroom or patients at end-of-life, Maggie and Judith, being the good teachers they are, have learned from early on that they are students themselves learning life’s lessons as they encountered each student they taught or each patient they’ve companioned. Through volunteering, they’ve learned to have patience with the process, that there’s always time to extend love and how to laugh in the face of illness and loneliness and death. Smith and Rotiroti share, “Since the early days, we have met so many beautiful beings, patients and workers, each a particular messenger,...