Caring Connection

We’re always looking for more ways to care for you and your family. That is why we have created these valuable articles to help guide you through some of the most common challenges. From the latest information about health care to how to cope with being a caregiver for someone who is far away or with an advanced illness. You will also learn all the ways that we go above and beyond to be able to continue to care every minute, of every day.

Advance Directives: What They Are and How to Make Them

Health care preferences are deeply personal and often change as you age. While you’re healthy and independent, it’s crucial that you take time to think about your own preferences for different situations such as aging, advanced illness diagnoses, or sudden medical changes. Advance directives create a clear roadmap for your doctors and family to carry [...]

Is Hospice Care Right for Your Loved One With Dementia?

Experiencing a loved one suffering from the cognitive decline associated with dementia is incredibly difficult. However, most people don’t realize that there is an option to ease that suffering for loved ones and families. Hospice care is an excellent way to ensure someone with advanced dementia receives the comforting, specialized care they need. For many [...]

Does Medicare Cover Hospice Care?

Does Medicare cover hospice care? It seems like a straightforward question. Unfortunately, many family members discover that it’s difficult to find a simple answer when they start researching the Medicare benefits their loved ones are entitled to. We hope we can help. The caregiving team at MJHS Health System understands that your focus is on [...]

Meeting Veterans’ Special Needs at the End of Life

U.S. Armed Forces are trained to be mission-focused, stoic and brave. Military personnel—whether deployed at home or abroad—also have extraordinary stresses, including being in combat theater and away from family, as well as physical demands and isolation. Once a servicemember transitions to civilian life, triggers may manifest in unexpected ways. These experiences can become even [...]

Simplifying the Difference Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans

People from all walks of life deal with illnesses and injuries but getting proper treatment can be financially challenging, particularly  for senior members of our community.  Original Medicare is a federal program that helps the elderly and disabled afford care. As part of our commitment to serving at-risk  New Yorkers, MJHS wants to make sure [...]

The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice

“Dignity is very important, especially when you get to a certain age. Every single day I give thanks for my MJHS doctors, nurses and social worker, as well as for the chaplain who ministered to my husband and me, and the music therapist who played my husband’s favorite songs from the 1940s. When I close [...]

When Your Loved One is Far Away: Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

Being a long-distance caregiver is not easy and presents unique challenges.  Although it may at times seem overwhelming or stressful, providing care and support to a family member is one of the most important responsibilities you may have. Being organized and utilizing available resources will help you ensure your loved one gets the best possible [...]

Options When Your Loved One Can No Longer Live Safely On Their Own

You may have been caring for your aging loved one for a significant amount of time. Maybe you are just starting on this challenging journey. Either way, realizing that they can no longer live at home without additional support can be a heart-wrenching but critically important decision. As the primary caregiver, there are limits to [...]

Donations to MJHS Foundation Support Life-Changing Care

Every moment of every day, the compassionate team at MJHS Health System helps a child, cares for an aging parent, encourages a beloved grandparent, and helps an anxious caregiver cope. For over a century, MJHS has been making a difference in our community, one patient at a time. When Mr. LeRoy, a vibrant veteran and [...]
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Is Hospice Care Right for Your Loved One With Dementia?

Experiencing a loved one suffering from the cognitive decline associated with dementia is incredibly difficult. However, most people don’t realize that there is an option to ease that suffering for loved ones and families. Hospice care is an excellent way to ensure someone with advanced dementia receives the comforting, specialized care they need. For many [...]

Does Medicare Cover Hospice Care?

Does Medicare cover hospice care? It seems like a straightforward question. Unfortunately, many family members discover that it’s difficult to find a simple answer when they start researching the Medicare benefits their loved ones are entitled to. We hope we can help. The caregiving team at MJHS Health System understands that your focus is on [...]

The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice

“Dignity is very important, especially when you get to a certain age. Every single day I give thanks for my MJHS doctors, nurses and social worker, as well as for the chaplain who ministered to my husband and me, and the music therapist who played my husband’s favorite songs from the 1940s. When I close [...]

When Your Loved One is Far Away: Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

Being a long-distance caregiver is not easy and presents unique challenges.  Although it may at times seem overwhelming or stressful, providing care and support to a family member is one of the most important responsibilities you may have. Being organized and utilizing available resources will help you ensure your loved one gets the best possible [...]

Options When Your Loved One Can No Longer Live Safely On Their Own

You may have been caring for your aging loved one for a significant amount of time. Maybe you are just starting on this challenging journey. Either way, realizing that they can no longer live at home without additional support can be a heart-wrenching but critically important decision. As the primary caregiver, there are limits to [...]

Continuum of Care: The Importance of Seamless, Uninterrupted Care

In life, especially when it comes to health, there are no guarantees. Things can change day-to-day and having a support system, as well as health care system you can rely on, makes overcoming each hurdle a bit easier. When you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness, or are [...]

Motivating Your Loved One to Participate in Activities

As your loved ones get older, it is not uncommon to notice that they have developed some feelings of indifference toward their normal activities. Daily activities may become more difficult for your family member to perform over time, which may leave them feeling less energized or depressed. Although they may require some motivation to stay [...]
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Advance Directives: What They Are and How to Make Them

Health care preferences are deeply personal and often change as you age. While you’re healthy and independent, it’s crucial that you take time to think about your own preferences for different situations such as aging, advanced illness diagnoses, or sudden medical changes. Advance directives create a clear roadmap for your doctors and family to carry [...]

Does Medicare Cover Hospice Care?

Does Medicare cover hospice care? It seems like a straightforward question. Unfortunately, many family members discover that it’s difficult to find a simple answer when they start researching the Medicare benefits their loved ones are entitled to. We hope we can help. The caregiving team at MJHS Health System understands that your focus is on [...]

Simplifying the Difference Between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans

People from all walks of life deal with illnesses and injuries but getting proper treatment can be financially challenging, particularly  for senior members of our community.  Original Medicare is a federal program that helps the elderly and disabled afford care. As part of our commitment to serving at-risk  New Yorkers, MJHS wants to make sure [...]

Which Immunizations are Necessary After Age 65?

Immunizations are an essential part of health care throughout your life. However, the vaccinations you need will change as you age. People over the age of 65 typically have a higher risk of contracting specific illnesses. They may also experience more severe and even life-threatening symptoms in the event they do contract an illness. As [...]
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Meeting Veterans’ Special Needs at the End of Life

U.S. Armed Forces are trained to be mission-focused, stoic and brave. Military personnel—whether deployed at home or abroad—also have extraordinary stresses, including being in combat theater and away from family, as well as physical demands and isolation. Once a servicemember transitions to civilian life, triggers may manifest in unexpected ways. These experiences can become even [...]

Donations to MJHS Foundation Support Life-Changing Care

Every moment of every day, the compassionate team at MJHS Health System helps a child, cares for an aging parent, encourages a beloved grandparent, and helps an anxious caregiver cope. For over a century, MJHS has been making a difference in our community, one patient at a time. When Mr. LeRoy, a vibrant veteran and [...]

The History of MJHS Health System: The Brooklyn Ladies

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” These famous words uttered by Coretta Scott King are a perfect example of how four immigrant women living in Brooklyn over 110 years ago not only made their community proud, but created a legacy that is still benefiting New [...]