Join us for our Fall Volunteer Training!
Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your community? – Volunteering for Hospice allows you to make a difference by bringing joy and dignity to individuals facing end of life and providing their loved ones with compassionate support during a critical time.
Our volunteers support hospice and palliative care patients in a variety of ways, such as companionship, caregiver relief, Veteran Pinning Ceremonies, Music Therapy and more!
Fall 2019 Training dates are:
Sept 14th 9:00am—3:00pm
Sept 16th 5:30pm—8:30pm
Sept 17th 5:30pm—8:30pm
(All sessions will be held at The Hospice Center located at 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam)
Interested individuals will need to complete a Preregistration Form. A pre-screening interview may be completed over the phone.
For more information, please call or email our Volunteer Manager, Linda Caamano at 315-265-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospice Volunteer trainings are held on a Saturday from 9:00AM-4:00PM, and two evenings the following week from 6:00-8:00PM. All training sessions take place at the Hospice Center.
Ginger Storey-Welch, a long-time Hospice Patient Volunteer, talks with North Country Matters host Donna Seymour about the rewards and opportunities of being a volunteer with Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley. They discuss what Hospice is, how to volunteer, the training, and the kinds of volunteer opportunities there are.
She shares some of the heartfelt stories of people whose final days were filled with warm memories and last wishes granted thanks to the caring of Hospice staff and volunteers.
The number one feedback we get from patients and families is “I wish we had called sooner”. While having an serious illness that will limit your life is part of qualifying for services, it is not the focus. Comfort, joy, family and LIVING – whatever that means for each individual – is the focus. Our dedicated staff work endlessly to make every day on Hospice as good as it can be!
For more information on the benefits of Hospice Care call our office at 315-265-3105.
If you are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer, contact Linda Caamaño at 315-265-3105 or email@example.com
The Youth Philanthropy Council of the Northern New York Community Foundation visited the Hospice Center this month to learn more about how their generous grant is helping residents in St. Lawrence County. The YPC of NNY selected Hospice to fund our new Music & Memory program.
Music & Memory is intended for patients living with a dementia-related illness and provides therapy through the playing of familiar and meaningful music. Research shows that, when done appropriately, the use of music with patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia can help relax them, increase communication and can contribute to their quality of life. This program also provides a great way for our volunteers to connect with patients.
With the help of the Youth Philanthropy Council, 8 Hospice staff members and volunteers were certified by the nationally recognized Music & Memory Program. Their grant allowed us to purchased equipment such as iPods and earphones and music from iTunes . We have already seen the use of music impact the lives of several patients. According to Volunteer Kay Church (who has been a Hospice volunteer for 22 years) “this has been the best addition to our programs that I have ever seen.” Hospice looks forward to expanding the program to reach more patients to bring them some comfort and joy at a time when it can be scarce.
Many thanks to the members of the Youth Philanthropy Council and the Northern New York Community Foundation!!!
Through a partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley will offer free educational programs to residents of St. Lawrence County on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and care-giving. This month’s topic: Legal & Financial Planning.
Many people are unprepared to deal with the legal and financial consequences of a serious illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. Legal and medical experts encourage people recently diagnosed with a serious illness—particularly one that is expected to cause declining mental and physical health—to examine and update their financial and health care arrangements as soon as possible. Basic legal and financial instruments, such as a will, a living trust, and advance directives, are available to ensure that the person’s late-stage or end-of-life health care and financial decisions are carried out.
A complication of diseases such as Alzheimer’s is that the person may lack or gradually lose the ability to think clearly. This change affects his or her ability to participate meaningfully in decision making and makes early legal and financial planning even more important. Although difficult questions often arise, advance planning can help people with Alzheimer’s and their families clarify their wishes and make well-informed decisions about health care and financial arrangements.
On March 30th, the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Legal & Financial Planning” from 1:00PM-3:00PM at the Hospice Center located on Route 11 in Potsdam. This program is intended to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia plan for their future. The program will offer an overview of pertinent legal documents such as wills, power of attorney, Advanced Directives, and health care proxies. They will also present information regarding financial issues and options such as Medicare, Medicaid or VA benefits.
The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to register for the program by calling 315-621-4025 ext.100 by March 25th.
For more information on this program and other educational opportunities, contact Nancy Vosbrink at 315-265-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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