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Palliative Care                  
           by Shelly Slaczka    

Palliative care is also known as supportive care. Many people believe it is the same as hospice care and it means end of life, but it is different. Palliative care offers medical and related treatment towards living as well and as abundantly as possible. It can bring hope, control, and a chance at a better quality of life for loved ones and their caregivers.
Palliative care is patient/family-centered care and is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious or chronic illness. Healthcare professionals embrace a patient's values, goals, and wishes when considering disease management and burden relief from pain, anxiety, fear, and other symptoms. The patient's plans and wishes are shared with family and friends who provide care, and support is provided to help relieve burdens. Benefits of such care will bring a better quality of life for patient and caregivers, help with difficult medical treatments, reduction in hospitalizations and readmission, and faster recovery and longer survival rates. 
Palliative care is more likely to be suggested when there are:
  • Frequent emergency room visits
  • Three or more admissions to the hospital with the same symptoms within a year
  • Serious side effects from treatments like chemotherapy
  • Eating problems caused by serious illness
Medical professionals who practice palliative care are committed to communication, compassion, seeing the "whole" person, and to include the family as part of the healthcare team.  

Transitions GuidingLights
Held an Open House on
October 20, 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended

Special thanks to 
 Atria Oakridge and Homewatch CareGivers for 
donating the appetizers


Next meeting on November 17, 2016
9:30 am - 11:00 am
You must become a member to attend.

Meeting Location:
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

To register, click here or contact:
Shelly Slaczka

To find out more please click here!

Radio Show that Focuses on Caregiving Concerns
Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?

Caring Connections with your host Nicole Bruno on
97.9 WCHL.  Reaches mainly the Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham County markets.  Listen in at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays.  Or you may find the pod casts of past shows by clicking here.

If you have a caregiving question that you would love to have answered on air or if you have a topic you think we should cover please email:

Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training

"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, and innovative approach to learning how to more effectively work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's. Learn more.

Training Dates
Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute now offers the DHSR approved Nursing Assistant 1 (NA1) program.  We also have scholarships available to Raleigh residents who qualify.  For more information about this robust and interactive program, please click here.

Information & Referral


Transitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or Click Here To Contact Us


Caring Matters

Transitions GuidingLights offers CPR, AED, and First Aid training.  This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.  

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Awakening Program

The Awakening Program is a comprehensive life management program designed for individuals afflicted with dementia, especially Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Caring Matters

Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving.  Click Here For Videos



Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a weekly radio show for caregivers about caregiving.  This show has entered its third year of production and can be heard locally on WCHL.  All shows are also available via podcast by clicking 

Lending Library

The Transitions GuidingLights lending library houses hundreds of books to aid caregivers in their journey as well as books that will help you to prepare to care.  For your convenience we also have a complete listing of our titles online which can be found here.

Skills Lab

Transitions GuidingLights has a skills lab available. Are you unsure of how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will work with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking here.

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