For the Caregiver

seniorsAre you currently the caregiver for a sick or hospitalized loved one? While you are making sure your loved one’s needs are being met, don’t neglect your own. Caregiving is a stressful and time-consuming job. You may neglect your diet, normal exercise routine and sleep needs. You may find you have little or no time to spend with friends, relax or just be by yourself for a while. But down time is important. Don’t be reluctant to ask for help in caring for your loved one. Find out more about how you can ease the stress of caregiving at the resources below.

CAREGIVER RESOURCES

Administration on Aging
www.aoa.gov

Family Caregiver Alliance
www.caregiver.org
National Center on Caregiving

www.caregiving.com
Online support groups and articles on caregiving

Duke Family Support Program at Duke University Medical Center
www.dukefamilysupport.org

Eldercare Locator
800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov
Help with locating aging services throughout the U.S.

Medicare
http://www.medicare.gov or 800-MEDICARE
Official U.S. government site for people with Medicare

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
www.naela.org
Legal help for seniors and people with special needs

National Alliance for Caregiving
www.caregiving.org
Support for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them

Caregivers Action Network
http://www.caregiveraction.org
Support for caregivers of chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones

Volunteers Needed

new green gift shop logo vector filesThe Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary needs volunteers to staff their gift shop, The Giftique. Do you have four hours to give each week? Volunteers assist customers with purchases, restock merchandise and work the cash register. Training is provided.

The Giftique is located just inside the main entrance of the hospital on the third floor. The shop offers a wide array of gift items including cards, flower arrangements, stuffed animals, baby gifts, jewelry, books, snacks and toiletries.

The hospital Auxiliary helps raise funds to support Duke Regional programs and services through The Giftique, the daily fundraiser operated by the Auxiliary and staffed by volunteers. They also hold fundraising sales throughout the year.

Click here to learn more about The Giftique.

Helping Cancer Patients During Treatment

make upDuke Regional is proud to offer American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better® program for our patients and the community. Look Good…Feel Better provides support for cancer patients who have experienced hair loss or other physical appearance changes due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Each session features a cosmetology professional who provides tips on styling wigs or head scarves, make up application and methods for dealing with discolored nails and skin changes. Participants learn these skills while bonding with others who are dealing with similar issues.

Look Good…Feel Better is held on the first Monday of every month from 5:30-7:30 pm in the North Conference Room at Duke Regional Hospital. To register, call (919) 470-7168. For a list of upcoming classes, click here.

Walking for the Health of Our Community

Did you know cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of all Americans?

  • Someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 39 seconds.
  • Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.

Duke Regional Hospital has once again teamed up with the American Heart Association to participate in the Triangle Heart Walk, and has already raised almost $7000 in lifesaving funds for the AHA!

The Triangle Heart Walk will be held this Sunday, September 28 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Festivities begin at 12:30 pm and the walk begins at 2 pm.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s annual celebration to promote physical activity and heart healthy living in a fun, family- and dog-friendly environment. Many of our employees will walk in honor of a loved one who’s been affected by heart disease or stroke. Others walk simply to help make a difference in the communities we serve.

To learn more about participating in the Triangle Heart Walk or to donate, visit triangleheartwalk.org.

Duke Regional Offers Comprehensive Heart Services

Whether it’s chest pain, abnormal heart rhythms or advanced coronary artery or valve disease, our staff provides complete heart care services, including diagnostic capability, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty and open-heart surgical procedures. Duke Regional has the technology and expertise to diagnose and treat your heart problem and guide your recovery.

Learn more about one of our cardiologists, Michael Komada, MD.

Duke Weight Loss Surgery Virtual Tour

For many people suffering from obesity, diet and exercise are not enough. Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, has proved to be an effective option.

Duke offers an individually tailored approach to bariatric surgery. Nearly 99 percent of our bariatric surgeries are completed using minimally invasive surgical techniques, meaning they require only small incisions. Smaller incisions can translate to less pain, fewer complications, smaller scars, and a faster recovery time.

Duke’s in-house bariatric team is comprised of six fellowship-trained surgeons, a physician assistant, a clinical psychologist, registered dieticians, an endocrinologist, nurses, and other dedicated support staff.

Our program is designated a Center of Excellence and Center of Distinction by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Optum Health, and Cigna. Only centers that meet strict criteria including high quality care and positive patient outcomes receive this designation.

Take a virtual tour of our clinic:

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Duke Minimally Invasive General Surgery and the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery is located at 407 Crutchfield Street in Durham. Our clinic provides free parking and is easily accessible.

Our waiting room features bariatric chairs and restrooms to accommodate our patients.

Our waiting room features bariatric chairs and restrooms to accommodate our patients.

Our exam rooms are bright and open. We take pride in ensuring our patients have a comfortable and inviting experience during their visit.

Our exam rooms are bright and open. We take pride in ensuring our patients have a comfortable and inviting experience during their visit.

Seminars are led by a surgeon. Feel free to ask questions during the seminar or at the end. To register for a seminar, click here or watch the online seminar.

Seminars are led by a surgeon. Feel free to ask questions during the seminar or at the end.

To register for a seminar, click here or watch the online seminar.

Preparing for Childbirth: What to bring to the hospital

Pregnant womanIt’s almost here…the day you’ve been waiting for. Whether this is your first child or your fifth, you may be eager, excited or even a little nervous. At Duke Regional, we are committed to providing a memorable experience for you and your loved ones. Wondering what to bring to the hospital? We recommend:

  • comfortable walking shoes or non-skid slippers
  • a robe
  • comfortable clothes to wear home
  • a nursing/support bra
  • three or four receiving blankets
  • an outfit for baby to wear home (we suggest something with legs as they work better with car seats)
  • two to three diapers
  • Your favorite snacks, although the hospital has a cafeteria and 24-hour vending machines

To learn more about The Birth Place at Duke Regional, visit dukeregional.org/childbirth.