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Lettuce Rejoice! HeLP’s Aquaponics Program Continues to Grow and Thrive!

by Nathan Hokama  The St. Francis Healthy Lifestyles Program (HeLP) has successfully merged food security, Hawaiian cultural preservation, and health education all into one by offering experiences in aquaponics. Aquaponics is a sustainable system of food production that combines...
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A Contagious Caring Spirit! Marieta Agustin, RN Named Our Employee of the Quarter

How we relate to our patients and their families is often a reflection of how we treat each other within St. Francis Healthcare System. When employees on the frontline who are providing direct patient care feel supported and respected, this is often transferred to those who are...
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The Right Time for Hospice Care

Many people believe that choosing hospice care for someone with a serious illness means that they are “giving up hope”.  This mistaken thinking can lead to greater financial and emotional stress for the person dealing with an illness, and his or her caregivers,...
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Lent: A Time for Fasting (and Feasting)

For Christians, Lent is a time of preparation for the Resurrection.  If fasting is part of your normal Lenten observance, you may have been thinking of giving something up for the season—coffee, chocolate, soda, and desserts seem to be popular fasting choices.  While giving up...
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Welcome New Hospice Volunteers!

by Hathan Hokama   “Golden apples in silver settings are words spoken at the proper time.” – Proverbs 25:11   Every St. Francis Hospice volunteer brings a special presence into the lives of our hospice patients. Their role is invaluable in making the final months, days and...
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Home Health Aides Promote Independent Living

by Elder Care Link Whether we want it to be or not, caregiving for a loved one is a full-time job. As most of our parents would like to remain at home when they age, there comes a time when we cannot possibly provide all of the care and assistance they require.   Rather than...
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Dealing with a Loved One’s Hoarding

Is your mom a “collector”?  Does Dad find it difficult to throw anything away?  Sometimes, our parents’ love for mementoes of happy times is simply a wish to remember, and harms neither them nor anyone else.  Sometimes, though, this behavior may be a sign of...
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Saying Thank You

After the Christmas and New Year holidays, we seem to spend a great deal of time saying “thank you” for gifts, for invitations to parties, or for other blessings we’ve received during the season.  Sometimes, it is easy to express gratitude in ways a recipient...
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Does Your Parent Need Help at Home?

###Excerpt from Agingcare.com Maybe you’ve noticed that Dad’s unopened mail is piling up. Or Mom, once meticulous about her appearance, is wearing wrinkled clothes and not doing her hair. Perhaps there are bruises on your aging parent’s arms. When you bring up...
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Discussing a Loved One’s Need for Care

### Excerpt from Aging Care Newsletter Oct. 2010   When an elderly parent is diagnosed with a serious illness, Alzheimer’s or dementia, or is no longer able to care for himself or herself, there are many issues that a family needs to talk about and many decisions to be...
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