Author: Amber McKenzie

Introducing Normie, the Hospice Therapy Dog

by Amber McKenzie Normie, a three-year-old English cream golden retriever therapy dog whose job is to provide comfort and companionship to children and adults in therapeutic settings and hospice care is part of Hospice of North Idaho’s Pet Pals DeLong Companion Animal Program. The program was established in memory of local veterinarian and animal lover, Dr. David DeLong, who passed away in 2008. “The mission of the Pet Pals program is to connect hospice clients with certified therapy pets to bring comfort, companionship and emotional solace,” says Denna Grangaard, director of communication at Hospice of North Idaho. Normie began...

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Hospice of North Idaho Delivering Comfort as the Journey of Life Winds Down

By Sheila Julson Until the mid-century, many people died at home in familiar, comforting settings. Through medical advances and changing family structures, dying at institutions such as hospitals and nursing facilities became commonplace. However, the pendulum is swinging back, thanks to strides in hospice and palliative care—an offshoot of the hospice model designed for those with acute long-term illness. Through efforts by organizations such as Hospice of North Idaho, patients can stay in their homes as death nears or illness looms, while receiving psychological and spiritual support along the way. Hospice of North Idaho has served the families of...

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Quantum Spinal Mechanics

by Kim White Quantum Spinal Mechanics, or QSM3, is a unique type of chiropractic care that looks nothing like the “bone out of place” model of chiropractic that many envision. QSM3 assesses the whole body from a balance and symmetry perspective, and then combines precise, gentle adjustments to rebalance it. Common symptoms of body imbalances include head and neck pain, migraines, numbness in the hands, back pain and sciatica. Clients visiting a QSM3 chiropractor for the first time will likely encounter a complete medical history and exam; X-rays to observe spinal curves, degeneration and misalignment; precise measurements of the...

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Entering the Mystery – October Letter From Publisher

“I’m kind of excited about it,” my mom, who was in hospice care, said to her best friend just days before her passing. “Excited about what?’ Her friend replied. “You know…” Mom said as she rolled her eyes back, cocked her head to one side and stuck out her tongue. They both laughed. “What about it excites you?” Her friend inquired. “The mystery.” mom said with a smile. I love this story about my mom’s final days. The notion that she was reluctantly open to the mysterious realm she was about to enter and could laugh about it fills...

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A Big Healthy Leap | Letter from Publisher

Sooner or later we all face our own special kind of scary. The kind that causes you to reach down and see what you’re really made of; an unexpected event or circumstance that catches you off guard, takes your breath away, and then patiently awaits your next move. It might be a divorce, broken heart, career shift, accident, diagnosis, the death of a loved one, the birth of a child, or physically or emotionally traveling far outside your comfort zone. If it doesn’t bring you to your knees or make you tearfully question everything, then it’s not the kind...

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