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Posted: Jan 21, 2020

Advanced Care Planning: Just Do It

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Most patients have no idea that hospitalization is coming, and many people don’t realize they likely aren’t going to be able to make their healthcare wishes known when it’s most important. Advanced care planning gives you a say in the medical care you receive if injury or illness leave you unable to speak for yourself. Find out who should make an advanced care plan, how to make a plan and which local resources can help you with the process.

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Posted: Sep 24, 2019

Tips to Avoid Injuries from Falls

By Nursing Quality Improvement Specialist Eileen Newell, RN

Did you know that most falls can be prevented? Yet, each year in the U.S., 1 in 4 people aged 65 and older falls, and these falls often result in hip fractures, broken bones and even head injuries. We all have the power to reduce our fall risk and protect ourselves from a serious fall. Use these tips from Sarasota Memorial experts and the National Council on Aging to avoid accidental falls — especially if you're age 65 or older. 

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Posted: Sep 10, 2019

Help Emergency Care Providers Help You

Written by SMH Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident Haden Geiger

Life can change in an instant. In a blink, something like a stroke, a heart attack or car accident can take away your ability to speak or think clearly. Be prepared. Keep a list of this important health and medical information handy, so first-responders and care providers can quickly treat you the most effectively. 

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Posted: Aug 26, 2019

Medically Dependent? Register Now for a Storm Shelter

Hurricane season is June 1 through Nov. 30. Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for severe weather. If you or a loved one is medically dependent and will require shelter in the event of a hurricane, now is the time to pre-register with the county for assistance.

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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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