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Hospice Volunteer News & Events
Volunteer Focus Newsletter • June 2017
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COORDINATOR'S CORNER
Joelle Brown, La Pine Volunteer Coordinator
 
I love 11th Hour Volunteers! There are few things as powerful as being at bedside during the end of someone’s life. Some people may do this once or twice in a lifetime for a family member or a close friend. So what makes a person sign up as a Volunteer to be present for someone who is dying? And what if that person is a stranger? This is the miracle that is the 11th Hour Volunteer - a special gem in the hospice world.
 
The role of the 11th Hour Volunteer is to act as a representative from Heart ’n Home at the end of life. Sometimes they’ve been with the patient and the family for months as a Patient Support Volunteer, having built a relationship and they know the subtleties of the personality of the patient and the idiosyncrasies of family dynamics. However, more often they are perfect strangers. They go into a home with basic information provided by the Volunteer Coordinator. They won’t know the personality, likes and dislikes, or the stories of the life of this dying person, but what they do have is a bond that goes beyond ego or mental understanding. It’s a heart connection, the humanness, a deep witnessing that cannot be expressed, only felt.
 
11th Hour Volunteers are prepared to be dispatched at a moments notice, sometimes late in the day. Of course, Volunteers they are able to set their own schedules and say no if they are unavailable, but they have a personal mission that no one dies alone.
 
The 11th Hour Volunteer has a few tools at their disposal: The patient might have a favorite book that the Volunteer can read aloud, play music the patient enjoys, or just practice the power of presence. The Volunteer will call the on-call Nurse if the patient needs something; otherwise they simply sit and witness the journey to the end of life.
 
11th hour volunteering isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay. It takes a special kind of person to take on this type of assignment. 11th Hour Volunteers inspire me to stretch my compassion and love beyond all previous comfort zones. I hope they inspire you, too.
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The idea of memorializing our patients who have passed in a scrapbook was conceived by my predecessor, Betty Hack, who was the Volunteer Coordinator for several years. When I first started working in the Baker City office, I came across newspaper clippings that had been arranged neatly into folders. I found printed cardstock and cards of appreciation from loved ones. All had been saved to use in a memorial scrapbook. I thought it was a great idea. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect Volunteer to take on this project and bring it to fruition.  Nancy Goodwin, who became a Volunteer in 2013, along with one of our newest Volunteers, Leona Woodman-Cobarrubias, have taken on the challenge. I appreciate their excitement to create this book of memories for our families and staff.  Thank you ladies, for demonstrating the Heart ‘n Home Family Core Value of Demonstrating Respect and Compassion.
~ Karyn Wallace, Baker City Volunteer Coordinator
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Hospice CNAs play an important role in the care team of a hospice patient. They provide in-home visits that are often the high point of a patient’s day. Heart ‘n Home would like to thank all nursing assistants in healthcare for the hands-on care, respect, compassion, and dignity they give to patients.  National Nursing Assistant Week is June 15th-22nd this year, with the theme, “I Choose Respect.” One of our Hospice CNAs, Abbie, shared what it is like to do the job of a CNA. She wrote:

I have found my purpose and know that I am here to support and surround our patients’ families with love as their loved ones leave this world. Additionally, I learned how the power of presence is important to not only the family, but the patients who we get Nursing-Assistant-Week-2017to serve every day. I have formed meaningful relationships with several of our patients and while they may not be aware, they have impacted the way I care for all of my patients. Each patient makes me better. One of these meaningful relationships was with a patient who recently passed. He was rough around the edges, but he grew to trust me and I was there to not only bathe him, but to be a listener. On one of my last visits he gave me a hug which was out of the norm as we always said goodbye with a good hand shake. Without even realizing it, he made quite an impact on me. And the funny thing is, all I really did was listen to him and his spouse.
 
I absolutely love what I do and even though I need to have a good cry when I lose these patients, I would not want to work any place else.
 
~ Abbie A., CNA
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Flag Day | JUNE 14TH
 
The day signals the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
 
One in four dying Americans is a Veteran. Our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteers are often the first to get other Veterans to talk about their military experience.
 
On Flag Day and every day, may we remember the Veterans who served our country.
 
Fruitland-Volunteer-CoordinatorWELCOME
Volunteer Coordinator, Gwen Bennion

I am so excited to join the awesome team at the Fruitland office and be a part of Heart ’n Home Volunteer Services! I have great passion for the work that Volunteers do, and do so well. I have had the privilege to meet many of you and share stories. It is nice to pick up the phone, call a Volunteer that I have never met, and hear them say, “YES, I will be happy to help with that task.” If you do not have an assignment and would like one, please contact me. I would love to meet you! Thank you for your willingness, smiles, and hugs in welcoming me to the team.
How-You-Can-Serve
 BAKER CITY
Companionship
Bereavement
11th Hour
 
BEND
11th Hour
Adult
Veteran
 
CALDWELL
11th Hour
 
EMMETT
Companionship
Delivery
Floral
Veteran
11th Hour
Bereavement
 
FRUITLAND
11th Hour
Office
Veteran
 
LA GRANDE
11th Hour
Patient Support in La Grande,
Union, and Elgin
 
LA PINE
11th Hour
Adult
Veteran
 
MERIDIAN
Adult
Bereavement
11th Hour
Volunteer-Anniversaries
CALDWELL
2 YEARS:
Bianca Mora
Laurie Wood
Rachel Wood

1 YEAR:
Shandrie Barthlome
Gabriella Colon - Santana
 
 MERIDIAN
 5 YEARS:
Wendy Stidham
 
3 YEARS:
Mckennah Mann
Chris Wing
 
2 YEARS:
Jayne Dachlet
Tricia Daigle
 
1 YEAR:
Meaghan Nelson
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