TeleCaring™ provides peace of mind for West Virginia Caring patients and families

Being the primary caregiver for a terminally ill loved one usually means providing around-the-clock care with nearly every aspect of your loved one’s daily life. All of this is done to ensure your loved one’s well-being and comfort. WV Caring understands the crucial role of caregiving and the workload it demands. This is in addition to the continuing responsibility of daily life – work, kids, household chores, bills etc.

WV Caring wanted to find a way to provide more support in a way that would relieve some of the stress for the patient and family during this end-of-life journey. Sometimes to simply improve care, means to check-in and simply ask a few questions or listen.

Read on to learn more about TeleCaring™ and the benefits of this WV Caring program.

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WV Caring partners with The Conversation Project: End-of-Life Care Conversations

END-OF-LIFE CARE CONVERSATIONS Ninety percent of Americans say that talking about their end-of-life care wishes is important, but only 30 percent are actually having these conversations. WV Caring has partnered with The Conversation Project, a national public engagement campaign, for National Healthcare Decisions Day, recognized April 16, to educate people on the value of making […]

Camp Caring: A Bereavement Camp for Children

Losing a loved one is hard at any age. For a child, it’s hard to understand what is happening and to communicate how they are feeling. For an adult, it can be hard to explain things in a way that a child understands. At Camp Caring, we talk about loss and being able to express […]

Courtney Dunithan: West Virginia needs more palliative care options (Daily Mail)

The vast majority of West Virginians want to die at home, but most people lack the community resources to help with that process or are unaware of palliative care options close to home.

Join West Virginia Caring to Light up a Life

The holiday season is upon us and it is a very special opportunity to celebrate the life of loved ones. You can remember loved ones who have passed away or honor those living and those who are suffering illnesses. West Virginia Caring’s annual Light up A Life event begins now and continues through the end of the year.

Making Dreams Come True

The WV Caring Staff, Elkins High School staff and students, Elkins Police and Mayor came together to honor a wish for Austin Van Pelt, an 18 year-old patient of ours. Austin wanted to ride a bus to Elkins High School to visit some of his former classmates; but it did not stop there. The Bat Signal came on and Batman drove in his Batmobile from Huntington, WV’s Gotham City, to see Austin and lead a Hope Rally with the entire student body and to help raise funds for Austin’s family.

November National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Sparks Opportunity to Dispel Myths About End of Life Care

Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Yet inevitably – 100% of us will die, and the clear majority will experience debilitating advanced illness for which curative treatment is no longer effective.

Salute Dedicated, Compassionate People In Hospice Care During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and I encourage fellow West Virginians to be more aware of the innovative and compassionate end-of-life care available throughout the Mountain State.

West Virginia Caring CEO Urges Consumers to View Hospice Services in a New Light

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Advanced illness organizations nationwide are reaching out to raise awareness about these often-misunderstood benefits which are covered by Medicare Part A and most commercial insurance plans.

How to Support Primary Caregivers of Seniors

Caregiving is not an easy task whether it is paid or unpaid. It can take its toll on people responsible for the day to day living of older adults, those with limited mobility or impairment and seniors nearing end of life. In the US, there are over 39 million caregivers. Emotional and physical burdens affect caregivers which is why it is important to find support when you are looking after a senior. If you are not functioning properly physically and mentally, you will also be limited and ineffective in taking care of the elderly.

Studies suggest that specific interventions for caregivers are crucial to ensure that they are effective in carrying out their duties to elderly persons. Fortunately, there are several resources available for caregivers such as associations that help in funding senior care, support programs and training as well as logistics planning in the form of meals, transportation or home modifications. You can also tap educational resources to keep abreast of what is happening in senior or hospice care. Detailed resources for caregivers are explained in this article.