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Music and Hospice Volunteering

Hospice Volunteering

One of the most meaningful activities I engaged in as a residential hospice volunteer was singing to the residents. I wasn’t an official music volunteer nor was I a music therapist. Recently I received a book by another hospice volunteer – someone who plays the guitar and rarely sings along. After he retired, Steve chose hospice volunteering as a guitar player to give back to people.

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The Heart of Hospice Volunteers

Hospice 101

“Many of our hospice volunteers don’t even realize the impact they have on the lives they touch”. Volunteers are valuable members of our society. Volunteers are found everywhere! Volunteers are in more places than many even realize. They are silent workers who do not need, or most-times want, appreciation or big recognition because they are usually doing their volunteer work for one reason only: to make a positive difference. Hospice

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“This is what life is about”: The legacy of a 90-year-old hospice volunteer

HopeHealth

A 90-year-old hospice volunteer reflects on 22 years of writing patients’ life stories and comforting families after loss. “My The post “This is what life is about”: The legacy of a 90-year-old hospice volunteer appeared first on HopeHealth. HopeHealth Blog Volunteers

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Learn about becoming a Hospice Volunteer

High Peaks Hospice

Informational Sessions about becoming a hospice volunteer are going on throughout the month of November! In conjunction with Hospice & Palliative Care Awareness Month, High Peaks Hospice is offering informative talks about becoming a Hospice Volunteer.

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Thank You, Hospice Volunteers

Hospice Promise

We want to thank all our volunteers who selflessly contribute their time to make a difference in our patients’ lives. We sat down with Scott, our Volunteer Coordinator, to talk about the significance and impact of our volunteers’ work.

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Hospice Volunteer Meets Patient Living With Dementia

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Henrietta was going to be my new hospice patient, my first at this particular nursing home. Later, she would become my first patient whose health improved so much she was discharged from hospice care. What would the future hold for us as patient and volunteer?

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NHPCO Presents Hospice Volunteer Awards at National Conference

NHPCO

Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards Celebrate Outstanding Volunteers. Volunteers are an integral part of every hospice organization, and these selfless people truly represent the best of what we can be. The Elizabeth Hospice, Escondido, CA.

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Writing in bars

Hospice Volunteering

I wanted to share my latest publication, which has very little to do with hospice volunteering (except that I sometimes wrote in bars about my experiences at hospice!) Hello to my readers and followers! It’s been a long time since I posted here! I hope it gives you a few laughs!

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Hospice pioneers

Hospice Volunteering

This is a lovely piece about Margaret Anderson, who founded Ian Anderson House, a hospice in Oakville Ontario 25 years ago. I’d heard of the hospice but never knew the story behind it. She had cared for her husband when he was dying and wanted to make sure that others could have the same kind of care.

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Nursing Home Mealtimes With Dementia

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

At nursing home mealtimes, I served as a hospice volunteer at several Detroit, Michigan nursing homes for many years. Hospice residents are predicted to have up to six months to live, but may exceed that time. My assigned hospice residents were always my primary concern.

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Finding new ways to serve

Hospice Volunteering

I wanted to share the latest videos I’ve made on caring for caregivers. These videos were made at the request of Abbotsford House, the Seniors Centre where, in “normal times,” I would take fitness classes. The pandemic has disrupted everyone’s lives.

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"Missing" - An Older Adult, Loneliness Poem

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Missing” is one of sixteen original poems at the end of each chapter in Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes. A hospice volunteer, I wrote it after witnessing the sadness of lonely nursing home residents who were missing the missing. Hospice and Nu rsing Homes Blog , Frances Shani Parker's Website Frances Shani Parker, Author "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes" [link] Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog [link].

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Expanding our Bubbles during COVID-19

Hospice Volunteering

My latest video

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Ancestor Tribute: Hospice, Dementia Poem

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

A hospice volunteer, I admired her brown, wrinkled hands often when I visited her weekly at a Detroit, Michigan nursing home. A hospice volunteer, I lean closer, talk into your listening left ear. Visit Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog and Frances Shani Parker's Website.

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People with disabilities during COVID-19

Hospice Volunteering

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/people-disabilities-personal-support-workers-covid19-1.5554052. news/canada/ottawa/people-disabilities-personal-support-workers-covid19-1.5554052. Great article featuring my good friend (and guest speaker in my class many times, Liz Winkelaar

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Caring for Caregivers during Covid-19

Hospice Volunteering

I wanted to share the second video I’ve made for Abbotsford House – this one focusses on the impact of Covid-19 on people who are caring for someone in these challenging times, whether their loved one lives with them, or at a distance, or in a long-term care home or retirement residence.

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Volunteering during a pandemic

Hospice Volunteering

Here’s a lovely article about the resilience and flexibility of hospice services and volunteers in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. Now more than ever we need to find ways other than in-person to support others in need in our community. link]. Let’s do our best to reach out to neighbours, family members, friends, and people in your community, especially people who may be isolated or alone. Be safe, be healthy, and enjoy the holidays

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Life After Death Dementia Story

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

This true story is from my book Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes. When Mamie Wilson (pseudonym) became my hospice patient, she had several unusual qualities that made me wonder.

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The impact of COVID-19 on our views and experiences of death and dying

Hospice Volunteering

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused over 700,000 deaths world-wide and resulted in millions of casualties. How has the pandemic changed our perceptions, attitudes, and policies towards death and dying? Has it led to a greater understanding and acceptance of death as a part of life? Or has it increased our fear of dying, as people witness the devastation COVID has wrought in long-term care homes and other congregate facilities?

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Long-Term Care Homes

Hospice Volunteering

People in Ontario and Quebec have expressed shock and anger at the findings of the reports produced by the military personnel who have been deployed to long-term care homes in those provinces. I have watched the news coverage, read the Ontario report closely, and listened to the premiers and the Prime Minister. One question that remains foremost in my mind: what can I do to make sure that the system of long-term care homes is completely overhauled?

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What’s going to happen?

Hospice Volunteering

What’s going to happen? As restrictions because of COVID-19 begin to loosen across Canada, I wanted to share my latest video. I was asked to produce a series of short videos on the impact of COVID-19 on seniors. This video explores the possibilities and challenges we face today

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Mother’s Day in a time of pandemic

Hospice Volunteering

As I was on my daily constitutional today (amidst polar winds and swirling snow), I passed a lengthy line of men outside the new artisanal chocolate shop in my neighbourhood. As I moved onto the street to maintain physical distance between the shoppers and myself, I found myself thinking about all the mothers who will face Mother’s Day during this extraordinary pandemic, COVID-19.

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Are You Asking People to Tell You Your Name?

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

As a hospice volunteer over 20 years mostly in Detroit nursing homes, I have learned there is no one way of handling dementia issues. For example, I have pretended to be a male hospice patient's deceased wife.

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Can Volunteer Service Choose You?

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

If you are a volunteer, have you ever thought that you didn't choose volunteer service, but that it chose you? I have been a hospice volunteer for twenty years, most of them in urban nursing homes. Volunteering with sick people? Several months later after Sam had moved on, I met a friend I had not seen in quite a while who told me she was a hospice volunteer. I had been a hospice volunteer all that time and didn't even know it.

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Kinship Care: What is it?

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

This was my first major introduction to hospice care. Frances Shani Parker Frances Shani Parker is author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and off-line booksellers. Visit Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog and Frances Shani Parker's Website. "Kinship care" is a popular term often used in reference to caregiving performed by a family member.

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The Georgia Mass Choir - Come On In The Room

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Frances Shani Parker, Author "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes" [link] Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog [link

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Hospices Work to Recruit More Volunteers Before COVID PHE Ends

Hospice News

The number of hospice volunteers plunged during the first two years of the pandemic, and many are still working to rebuild their ranks. Many hospices saw volunteer volumes dip drastically as they suspended activities during the pandemic.

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With volunteer’s help, hospice patient shares her legacy

HopeHealth

Hospice volunteers share their unique gifts and personal touch to make a difference for patients. The post With volunteer’s help, hospice patient shares her legacy appeared first on HopeHealth. HopeHealth Blog Hospice Care

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2022

NHPCO

NHPCO Issues Proclamation Honoring Hospice Volunteers During National Volunteer Week, April 17 – 23, 2022. Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice. NHPCO National Volunteer Week Proclamation. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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Older Adults and Robotic Dogs: Meet Aibo

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

"Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes" [link] Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog [link]. Robotic Pets for Older Adult Seniors Sony Aibo Robotic Dog. Jennie Robotic Therapy Dog by Tombot

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A Great-Grandmother Who Listened

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

"Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes" [link] Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog [link]. African American Black Lives Matter Colored Great-Grandmother Jim Crow Laws Listening Negro Racism Segregation

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National Volunteer Month

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Volunteers are an essential part of the hospice care team. Whether it’s through direct care or administrative work behind the scenes, there are countless ways a hospice volunteer can help. Get to Know Us National Volunteer Month Volunteers

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National Volunteer Month

AT Home Care & Hospice

National Volunteer Month Volunteers are an essential part of the hospice care team. Whether it’s through direct care or administrative work behind the scenes, there are countless ways a hospice volunteer can help. Get to Know Us Volunteers National Volunteer Month

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End-of-Life Dreams and Visions (ELDVs)

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Research reported in the American Journal of Hospice Palliative Care concludes that p ositive general attitudes toward end-of-life dreams, visions, ( ELDV) and positive perceptions are correlated with better bereavement outcomes.

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Dementia Violence in Healthcare

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

As a hospice volunteer in Detroit, Michigan nursing homes, I viewed dementia as a fluttering bee. Frances Shani Parker, Author "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes" [link] Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog [link

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Dying: Being in Control (Research, Hospice Story)

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Because I have been a hospice volunteer many years, people sometimes assume that my patients and I talk about death a lot. S ome people also assume my volunteer visits must be depressing because no one really wants to die. All this talk about control reminds me of my hospice patient named Rose. Visit Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog and Frances Shani Parker's Website. Are you ready to die?

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Alzheimer's Dementia Reflections (Video 4:44)

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Frances Shani Parker, Author Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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Fleece Takes Helm as Empath Health CEO, Begins ‘One Hospice’ Initiative

Hospice News

Empath provides hospice, home health care, primary care, palliative care, PACE, AIDS and sexual wellness care, and adult day services to a combined total of more than 23,000 individuals. We were a service family, and it was just a wonderful sector to be in,” Fleece told Hospice News.

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How to Create Your Advance Care Plan Series with The Conversation Project Episode 3

The Heart of Hospice

She’s also a registered nurse, hospice volunteer, and an ordained Unitarian Universalist … Continue reading "How to Create Your Advance Care Plan Series with The Conversation Project Episode 3". The post How to Create Your Advance Care Plan Series with The Conversation Project Episode 3 appeared first on The Heart of Hospice

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Becoming Dead Right in 10 Steps

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Frances Shani Parker Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes Frances Shani Parker, Author Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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Deathwives Founders: Death Doulas Fill End-of-Life Care Gaps, Ease Strain on Hospice Staff

Hospice News

They facilitate conversations regarding the dying process, discuss advance care planning, hospice election and advocate the patient’s wishes around ceremony, memorialization and disposition. What areas can death doulas offer hospices the most support?

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Spirituality, Cancer, and Aging

Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

Frances Shani Parker, Author Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers. Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog , Frances Shani Parker's Website Frances Shani Parker, Author "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes" [link] Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog [link].

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I'd Like To Volunteer For That - Innovations In Volunteerism In Hospice And Palliative Care

Palliative Care Chat Podcast

Episode 24 - I'd Like To Volunteer For That - Innovations In Volunteerism In Hospice And Palliative Care. Volunteers play an important role in hospice, and recruiting volunteers is an ongoing effort in hospice.

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