Our Pike County Hospice team is proud of the amazing special programs and services we have to offer our patients and their families.
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Some of these additions to our already exceptional patient comfort care include:
Bereavement is a journey for all caregivers, family, and friends and there is no right or wrong way to act during this time. Pike County Hospice is here for you from the time you or your loved one begins hospice care. We are by your side for all stages of the process by offering many bereavement services to you and your family. We also send out complimentary newsletters titled “Journey’s” that help understand the grieving and bereavement process.
We also know that grief comes at all stages of life; not just hospice related loss. This is why we began our Bereavement Support Group. This is free and open to the public. It is held on the first Monday of each month in our Community Conference Room at 6:00 p.m.
A time to gather and reflect on loves ones who are facing terminal illness or have passed. Children and teens will learn healthy ways to cope, while enjoying crafts, snacks, and more. The overall mission is to support our community in their grieving process.
Camp Horizon, Friday, November 15th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP by Friday, November 8th to Carrie Wells or Cori Sheppard at 573-324-2111
These Care Packages were created with our bereaved families in mind. We understand the stressors that come along with losing a loved one and we strive to help lessen those for our hospice families. These Care Packages include Thank You cards, postage, a record for keeping track of gratitude, resources on the grieving process and more items tailored to each family’s individual needs.
The Care doesn’t stop there. Additionally we will often bring a small basket of refreshments such as water, crackers and mints to the visitation services. We continue to pursue new ideas that we think could be helpful to the bereaved families of our hospice patients.
This complimentary service is held each year; it is free and open to the public. Appetizers, desserts and beverages are served to those who attend along with encouraging words, treasured stories, memorial messages, songs, gifts and more. Although families who have received our hospice care receive personal invitations to this event, we encourage anyone within our community to join us for the evening.
We like to do a little something special for our patients during the holiday season, we often purchase special individual gifts for each patient that we know they would enjoy. In addition, the patients families typically receive a custom ornament from our agency as well after their loved one has passed.
Giving our patients the gratitude of owning a one of a kind piece of art made by the children of our communities. We take children’s and adult donations of coloring pages and more that we then give to our patients for their viewing pleasure.
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa is held on the first Saturday in December for all of our community’s children to come and get their picture taken with Santa, enjoy some cookies and chocolate milk, see the live reindeer, and take home a present of your own! This event is free of charge and takes place at our agency. The children of our community get to travel through the festively decorated hallways enjoying crafts, raffles and more as they make their way to the ultimate present… SANTA!
People often imagine themselves becoming a hospice volunteer, and being able to make a difference helping those nearing the end of their life journey yet too many people never follow through because they are nervous of what may be expected, and unsure of what it entails.
The Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County helped develop a “Memorial Border” of specific beautiful trees surrounding the PCHD building. Families who have had a loved one under our hospice care were given the opportunity to purchase one of these trees and dedicate it to the memory of their lost loved one by inscribing their name in a beautiful granite stone that lay beneath. In addition to the memorial tree’s there are future plans for an expansion to the border so that families are still able to dedicate in memory of their loved ones.
The Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County’s Nursing Scholarship Application is available every January, and will award one $2,000 nursing scholarship this year to a student or adult pursuing a nursing career. The Home Care & Hospice Foundation knows that our amazing nurses are the backbone of Pike County Hospice, and they want to entice more compassionate individuals to pursue nursing and help change the lives of our community members. It’s a very rewarding career, both monetarily and emotionally. Making a difference in people’s lives and making them smile is not something that you can achieve in any career. As a nurse, you’ll make a huge difference in people’s lives. A caring and compassionate nurse is considered as a guardian angel by patients. This can be a very satisfying and gratifying career for the compassionate.
Pies for patients is a program that was established to “treat” our patients and caregivers to a weekly dessert prepared wholeheartedly by our hospice volunteers and foundation board members.
We have a wonderful group known as the Pike-Linn Quilters that makes us beautiful quilts throughout the year to give to our patients.
Our patients are offered a “home cooked” thanksgiving meal each November. The meal is prepared and delivered by our Hospice staff and volunteers who work tirelessly in our kitchen to make numerous Thanksgiving meals each November. All the trimmings are served; turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, and pies. These meals are delivered hot and fresh to patients and their families who were home bound during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Annual Valentine Gala is a fundraiser to assist in raising funds for our building. Every February the public enjoys a fabulous prime rib dinner, silent & live auctions, AMAZING desserts, as well as lively entertainment. Since 2011 this formal event has helped raise over $250,000 in donations. This could not be done without the members of our community; whom are as passionate as we are about ensuring the high quality, end of life care that our patients deserve.
Since 2016 the Foundation has helped orchestrate our Veteran Appreciation Fair and Flag Dedication Ceremony. This is a morning ceremony featuring bagpipes, trumpet, color guard, our local VFW, a prayer by our Hospice chaplain, and speech from one of our local veterans. After the ceremony, guests are invited inside for complimentary coffee and breakfast, veteran specific resources, dog tags are made and each guest is given a keepsake photo of themselves seated by the American Flag. Save the date! Friday, November 8, 2019!
We are proud to have a Hospice-Veteran Partnership with the We Honor Veterans Program. Our involvement with this organization helps us to ensure that excellent care at the end of life is available for our nation’s Veterans and their families. This program is focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, we learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.
- Download the flyer here:Veterans Appreciation Fair 2019
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The veterans who serve our nation are deeply deserving of honor and respect. Whether in times of war or peace, veterans and their families devote their lives to the service of our country and the ideals we hold dear. The sacrifices they make are without parallel: this is why we go above and beyond to ensure our veteran patients get the extra attention they deserve. If you or someone you know is a local Veteran, and are interested in learning more about how to get involved with this program, call us today!
Veteran patients of ours receive a custom blanket for that extra “Thank You for Your Service” gesture.