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Heather Meyerend is a hospice nurse who works in several neighborhoods in South Brooklyn—Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, Marine Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge. She usually has between sixteen and twenty patients, and visits each at home once a week, sometimes more. Some patients die within days of her meeting them, but others she gets to know well, over many months. She sees her work as preparing a patient for the voyage he is about to take, and accompanying him partway down the road. She, like most hospice workers, feels that it is a privilege to spend time with the dying, to be allowed into a person’s life and a family’s life when they are at their rawest and most vulnerable, and when they most need help. Some hospice workers believe that working with the dying is the closest you can get on earth to the presence of God.
HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley received $7,499.99 from Glenwood Springs Subaru and Subaru of America.
Glenwood Springs Subaru selected HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley to be its 2015 charity partner for its “Share the Love” event. Subaru donated $250 to Hospice of the Valley for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased through Dec. 31, 2015. Plus, Subaru of America and Glenwood Springs Subaru each made an additional donation.
This is the eighth year for Subaru’s “Share the Love” national campaign. In 2014 this program provided more than $15 million in donations to charities across the country.
HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is nonprofit charity that provides end-of-life care to patients over a 6,000-square-mile service area stretching from Aspen to Parachute to Vail. The mission of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is to provide compassionate and dignified palliative and end of life care to patients and their families. For more information call (970) 930-6008 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glenwood Springs, CO – HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley was recently awarded $152,600 in grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation for “Advance Care Planning for Colorado’s Western Slope.”
Funding will support the creation of a new community outreach program for people in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, a 6,000 square mile service area, to promote person-centered care and shared decision making by engaging and educating local health care professionals and residents in advance care planning. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley will accomplish this goal by offering a series of 60 community meetings over two years for various constituencies (e.g. physicians, seniors, students, Hispanic Americans) led by a medical social worker, a nurse, a physician or a chaplain, depending on the audience.
“Research by the National Council on Aging suggests that over 50% of seniors 65 and older have not made any plans in case they become seriously ill. Our plan is to help, not only seniors but people of all ages, understand how important it is to make end of life decisions when there is still time for understanding and contemplation,” stated Markey Butler, HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley executive director. “Our plan is to reach over 900 people through community meetings and over 300 people in their homes over the next two years to help them make educated health care plans. Their families need to know their wishes.”
“We are very excited to lead a coordinated advance care planning effort with other key organizations and members of our communities. Knowing a person’s goals, values and preferences about end-of-life care is extremely valuable to both loved ones and the health care
professionals treating them,” said Jim Hoganson, HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley chaplain. “This initiative will inform, train and counsel people of all ages to formulate and document their preferences through community meetings and individual planning sessions; providing necessary forms and literature for advanced care planning.”
About HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley
The mission of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is, “to provide compassionate, dignified palliative and end-of-life care to patients and their families, and to support families and their loved ones with peace, comfort and dignity.” HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley offers hospice, home health, palliative, bereavement and private duty services to patients in their homes, assisted living an nursing home facilities. They are the only Medicare/Medicaid certified hospice agency in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For more information, please visit www.hchotv.org.
About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grant making, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org.
The May/June 2016 issue of Roots is out. You can download an electronic copy here.
HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley announced today they have received a $100,000 Daniels Fund grant to support the Palliative Care for Colorado’s Western Slope.
The mission of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is to provide compassionate and dignified palliative and end of life care to patients and their families.
“The Daniels Fund is a wonderful philanthropic organization and we greatly appreciate their support and their very generous grant,” stated Markey Butler, HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley Executive Director.
“We provide three core areas of service to patients and their families who reside in any of the local communities in the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Eagle River Valleys,” added Butler. “The Daniels Fund grant will enhance our Home Health Services, our Private Pay Services and our Hospice care for individuals diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.”
In addition to caring for our patients, our mission is to support families and their loved ones with peace, comfort, and dignity.
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.
HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For more information call (970) 930-6008 or visit email@example.com.
This free presentation to the public is offered by staff at Home Care & Hospice of the Valley.
They will present a review and conversation about advanced directives, as well as end of life wishes and planning.
Andrea Grohmann, MSW, will educate the class about what Advance Directives are.
Gail Britt, Chaplain, will be presenting the 5 Wishes form.
Alison Bloom, LSW, will discuss how to go about having the difficult discussion.
Kristen Finneran, LPC, will touch base on bereavement.
HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley (HCHOTV) is proud to announce the arrival of Roots, the bi-monthly grief and bereavement newsletter.
Grief is one of the hardest things we experience as humans. Many metaphors are used in the description of loss. Grief is like a tidal wave crashing over our heads. At times the wave can suffocate us, taking our breath away; but at other moments the waves gently lap at our feet.
A root metaphor is an image, narrative or fact that shapes an individual’s perception of the world and understanding of reality. Much like a root metaphor, the process of bereavement, grief and mourning is the attempt to accept our new reality. Many times after a death our sense of what is right and what is wrong in the world is shattered. Bereavement represents the state of loss as a fact that someone we love has died.
Our grief is the internal response we experience physically, affectively, cognitively, behaviorally and spiritually. Our grief is how we react to the fact that someone has died. When we mourn we outwardly or publicly express loss through ritual and cultural practices. Many times we process grief and bereavement through sharing our stories.
Our hope is that Roots will offer helpful articles and suggestions in your time of loss. We grieve so heavily because we loved so much. Even in the most complicated relationships, we grieve. May this newsletter offer some guidance and support to you and your loved ones.