Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday to Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog (Video: .29)

Five years ago in January 2007, I decided to commit to writing Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog. Anybody who’s ever written a blog for years knows “commit” is the only word to use here, especially if you're the only writer. Cyberspace is a humongous place, but I firmly believe one person can make a positive difference.

Why do I blog? I want to promote more interest in hospice and palliative care, share my personal journey and insights as a hospice volunteer, increase person-centered nursing homes, and improve eldercare and quality of life for older adults in general. There are various ways to achieve this, and blogging is one of mine. Using stories, poems, news, research, interviews, photos, and videos, I  present universal information that includes the often-missing voices of people of color and concerns of urban areas.

The years keep ending and beginning, and now it's 2012. I can hardly believe it's been five years. Blogging is a challenging, rewarding, and service-oriented activity for me. It's given me the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with interesting and diverse people all over the world. 

Thank you to all my wonderful readers for your support during my five years of blogging Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog. Commemorating this milestone with song are older adults DameEdithDivine and HerHandyman whistling “Happy Birthday to You!”

Healthcare blogs like mine and healthcare websites can be persuasive. They are used by many to impact the thoughts and actions of others. Is one more persuasive than the other? Here’s what the research says:

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback at many booksellers and in e-book form at Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers.
Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog


  1. Congratulations!! 5 years is quite a commitment to keep a blog running, posting on a regular basis. I still struggle to keep mine updated, but I know through writing and blogging we can help others understand more about elderly care.

    Have a blessed day!


  2. David BickfordJanuary 30, 2012

    Congratulations and best wishes in carrying on in a great cause. One important truth of elder care is that we will all some day need it. Let us continue to celebrate what makes us one.

  3. Stephanie BowdenJanuary 31, 2012

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging Ms. Parker! This is not an easy subject so I commend you on your steadfastness and committment to getting the word out about hospice care. Keep the faith and keep up the good and important work you are doing for our community.

    Stephanie Bowden

  4. Congratulations and Best Wishes, Shani!

    Your information has truly helped me to make the right decision.


  5. Congratulations!

    Louise Rydzewski RN, BSN

  6. It's a great achievement!Congratulations on your 5th year!Continue to spread inspiring nursing home related stories, videos, pictures and more.

  7. Congratulations on your 5th year! I hope that you'd have more birthday celebrations to come so you'd be able to help more seniors.

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