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Ellen Gorbunoff has joined Lloyd’s Legion. “The mission of providing peace, comfort and support in the last weeks of our residents is why I became actively involved in the work of Caring House,” Ellen said. “I am also committed to advancing the awareness of the South Bay community regarding advance care planning and the journey at the(…)
Connie Senner is the newest member of Lloyd’s Legion. “My grandmother passed away in April and I can appreciate the support family need along with the patient as life is concluding. I believe that my mother and sister absorbed a burden in those last few weeks that taxed personal relationships” reported Connie. When she learned(…)
We thank the wonderfully generous Sandpipers for providing a mountain of caring — all items selected from our online Wish List. The Wish List shows items that we go through like crazy as we serve our residents and their families and other visitors. The mountain includes laundry detergent and fabric softener, paper towels and toilet(…)
We have special half-size pillows that we use to support the arms and legs of our residents. They’re a great resource in helping our residents be comfortable. The problem: pillowcases for these pillows are darn near impossible to find. The solution: A wonderful group of women from The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates teamed(…)
Carolyn Marie Joergensen Zimmerman has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Carolyn was born in Oakland, CA, the only child of Elmer and Bertha Swanson Joergensen. When she was nine months old her father died, and she was raised by her mother and grandmother. Carolyn attended San Jose State University and became a lab(…)
In this video, family members of past Caring House residents share their thoughts about the Caring House experience. Residents and families are the “stars” of our work. We’re proud to be part improving the end-of-life experience in America. We thank the Media Services Department of Torrance Memorial Medical Center for creating and donating this wonderful video experience(…)
Robert (Bob) Charles Simonsen has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Bob was born in Long Beach, CA, the youngest of three children of Charles and Joan Simonsen (who had emigrated from England). He grew up in Long Beach. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force, and was based at Griffiss Air Force Base(…)
Question: Christine asked us online “How to change my health proxy?” Answer: Christine, we’re assuming that you are asking how to change the person you’ve named to make care decisions for you if you become incapacitated. In California we refer to that person as an “agent.” Other states (including New York) refer to that person as a(…)
Advance Care Planning for Smarties is our popular five-part series on advance care planning. We cover how to select a best person to speak for you, advance directive documents, why even well-intentioned advance directives fail, figuring out and communicating your wishes, how to be an effective spokesperson for someone else, care lingo and California’s end(…)
In this 2:27 video, you drop in from the sky to Caring House and our neighborhood. Once inside, you tour the house and rooms. Then you meet residents, staff and volunteers, and see our house become a home. You then soar away, before receiving a final energetic volunteer wave goodbye. We thank Carey Fujita of TheSouthBayDrones.com Aerial(…)
Jerry Hilborn has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Jerry was born in Hollywood, CA, the eldest of three children of Frank and Elsie Hilborn. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended Washington High School. He attended El Camino Junior College and UCLA, and earned enough credits but did not graduate.(…)
You’re invited to a free screening and discussion of the PBS program “Being Mortal.” This event is a program of Torrance Memorial Medical Center presented in partnership with Caring House. You will be part of a national dialog taking place in our community that asks “Have you and your family had the tough conversations and(…)
Ronald Ray Fechter has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Ron was born in Hartley, Iowa, where he spent his early years living on a farm with his extended family. At age 8 or 9 he moved to San Diego with his mother and his older brother and sister. After high school in(…)
Fifty-six Caring House volunteers teamed to give more than 5,400 hours of their time and energy in 2016. That’s more than 14.8 hours per day, seven days a week. In dollar terms, that’s a $127,769 combined gift in support of Caring House residents and loved ones (based on Independent Sector’s $23.56/hour value of volunteer time in 2015).(…)
Syndicated columnist Helen Dennis has featured Caring House in her popular Successful Aging column. Helen is a nationally-recognized leader and sought-after speaker on issues of aging and the new retirement. Helen spent two hours recently at Caring House for a tour and discussion. The article she wrote after her visit gives an excellent sense of the mission and approach(…)
It’s quick and easy to support the work of Caring House when shopping at Amazon.com. This video explains the magic. Here’s the magic shopping link explained in the video: yourcaringhouse.org/amazon. You go there and click on the shopper image.
Looking for a nearby hospice service? We’ve created a free online hospice directory showing Medicare-certified hospices known to us to serve patients in or near our South Bay (Los Angeles County) area. We’ve noted whether they have served one or more residents at Caring House. Before helping residents, a hospice enters into a care coordination agreement(…)
Find answers to the questions people ask us about Caring House services. Fast. We’ve just added a handy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Take a look. And if you have a resident- or admission-related questions not answered there, let us know. It’s even easy to remember, yourcaringhouse.org/faqs. You ask, we answer.
Respite assistance gives family caregivers relief from caregiving responsibilities and a chance to rest and recharge. It can be a great help to the person receiving care, and to the whole family. Caring House is now offering respite assistance. The details, The potential resident does not need to be in the last weeks of life, but(…)
On Sunday, February 26, 2017, we gathered to publicly honor and remember twenty-two men and women. These men and women are the residents our staff and volunteers had the privilege to serve during our first year. A pioneer is someone who is among the first to explore something. And they not only explore, they show the way(…)