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St. Francis Moving Forward with Plans for a 100-Bed Skilled Nursing Facility to Meet the Needs of Hawaii’s Elders

  The Sullivan Building lobby was filled to near capacity last Friday, May 31, as media and invited guests gathered for a morning news conference to learn about St. Francis Healthcare System’s plans to further the healthcare ministry that began with St. Marianne Cope and the...
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St. Francis Hospice Reaccredited

Congratulations to Our Hospice Team! St. Francis Hospice has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission, effective March 23, 2013. The accreditation is good for a three-year period and The Joint Commission’s report noted that St. Francis Hospice was compliant in all areas with no...
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Senior Care Terms–Explained

If you are caring for an elder loved one, no doubt you’ve been exposed to many new terms.  Healthcare professionals have their own language for describing the services our loved ones need and it is sometimes difficult for caregivers to determine what their healthcare team...
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Is Caregiving the Right Profession for You?

For many people, caring for a loved one is a rewarding experience–so much so that they choose to embark on a professional career of caring for others.  The skills they learn caring for a family member or friend easily translate into caring for others, and provide a...
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Get Help with the Costs of Caregiving

Caring for a fragile loved one can be filled with challenges.  Caregiving takes time and sacrifice, and it’s often emotionally-charged.  Caregiving can also be expensive.  Medications and medical supplies, respite care, and supportive services can put a strain on a...
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World Wings International Presents Check for $12, 512 to Benefit Hospice Volunteer Program

World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pam Am flight attendants, held a garage sale at McKinley High School cafeteria in February 2013 to benefit the volunteer program for St. Francis Hospice.  At the volunteer appreciation luncheon held on April 20,...
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Volunteer Luncheon Salutes Those Who Serve

St. Francis Healthcare System hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 20, 2013 at the Hale Koa Hotel.  Organized by Patty Martin, Sallyanne Pekelo, and Betty Coffer of the Volunteer Programs Department, the luncheon was attended by more than 200 volunteers,...
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Take the Stress Out of Traveling with an Elder Loved One

Summertime is often travel time.  Graduations, weddings, and family vacations often mean getting in the car, or on a plane, and heading out to where the festivities are located.  Sometimes, travel with an elder loved one, especially one who might be frail or have health issues,...
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Caregiving and Maintaining Friendships

Caring for a frail or elderly loved one is a labor of love–one that often requires tremendous sacrifices from the caregiver.  One of those sacrifices may be that the caregiver’s friendships are compromised.  The time commitment required from the caregiver to meet the...
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Worried About an Elder Loved One Living Alone?

As our loved ones age, we may begin to worry about whether they can live alone.  While our kupuna value their independence and are comfortable in the homes they may have occupied for decades, we may wonder if it’s time to offer support to help them stay independent while...
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