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palliative care

Safely Securing and Disposing of Medications

Safely securing and disposing of unused or expired medications eliminates an unnecessary risk in the home, especially if children are present. Safely Securing Prescription Medications Never share medications with family members or friends. If guests will be in your home, place prescription medications in a medication lockbox. Keep all medications out of reach of children…
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Specialty Pharmacies

Specialty pharmacies handle medications that are given by infusion, injection or orally. These medications traditionally cost more than prescription medications, have special storage and handling requirements and need to be administered on a strict schedule. Patients, being treated for pain, may be prescribed higher dosages of opioids and opioid “rescue medications” that will require a…
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Books: Palliative Care

Medical Reference Tarascon Palliative Medicine Pocketbook. Bates D. Moses, MD, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014 Oxford American Handbook of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care. Sriram Yennurajalingam, MD and Eduardo Bruera, MD, Oxford University Press, 2016 Palliative Care and Ethics. Edited by Timothy E. Quill and Franklin G. Miller, Oxford University Press, 2014 Prescription…
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Family Caregiver’s Bill of Rights

The StewARTworks Foundation supports the family caregiver’s right to: Maintain and promote their own health and wellbeing. Expect all their loved one’s healthcare professionals to be knowledgeable about concerns and options related to the care recipient, caregiver and family; and to recognize the importance of the palliative care support system to improving the overall quality…
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COMMUNICATION – Words Matter

If you attended one of the foundation’s past events, you may remember there was a fair amount of talking taking place: about art, our story, caregivers and palliative care. But over the past year, with everything that has been going on, you are forgiven if you’re a little fuzzy on some of the language and…
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The Communal Table

One of the best parts of the StewARTworks Foundation’s annual gallery event is enjoying a glass of prosecco or rose, along with a tasty snack or two while talking with all the wonderful people there to support the foundation and its mission. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to do that this year. Even though we…
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Creativity in the time of COVID

This year, I think everyone can agree, has been unusual – surreal actually. A tiny virus, COVID-19, shut down the world for months and even now, we find our daily lives unbalanced and skewed. Businesses have closed, homes have been turned into schools, offices, playgrounds and hospitals. Large gatherings are ill-advised and discouraged. Yet, with…
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Online Resources – Advance Care Planning

GET PALLIATIVE CARE How to Prepare Your Own Advance Directives Planning for Serious Illness. Advocating for Loved Ones Healthcare Proxy vs. Living Will Planning for the Future: A Living Will Update CONVERSATION PROJECT – Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for advance health care planning. An initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement…
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Panel Discussion: The Role of Opioids and Medical Cannabis for Pain Management (for caregivers and the general public)

Friday, May 17, 2019 4:00PM – 5:30PM Women’s Exchange Winnetka, IL A panel, consisting of experts from the specialty pharmacy, medical cannabis and palliative care fields, moderated by the StewARTworks Foundation, discussed pain management in palliative care and answered attendees questions at the Women’s Exchange. This frank conversation “demythtified” some of the common misunderstandings regarding…
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Roll-out Celebration for StewARTworks Foundation

Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Terra & Vine Evanston, IL Family and friends gathered in Evanston to celebrate the introduction of the StewARTworks Foundation. Established in memory of Stewart B. Leavitt, the Foundation’s mission is to provide family caregivers of palliative care patients being treated for pain, with the support, information,…
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