These are the words that describe the experience of patients and their loved ones as they receive care through Hospice.
Ongoing support from our community has made it possible for our caring and compassionate providers to help families focus on what truly matters—their loved ones’ needs and wishes.
Comfort – “The most meaningful part of my job is to comfort hospice patients and their families in whatever way they need. I may hold their hand when they are anxious; give a long hug when they want someone close; or offer a shoulder to cry on when they need a release. Sometimes it’s just about sitting with them and listening. Most importantly, I let them know they are not alone. Our team is always beside them. I experienced this same comfort and reassurance as a family member of a hospice patient this year. I am grateful to the hospice team who supported myself and my family in ways that I didn’t know we needed.” –Lisa Warren, Hospice LNA
Choice – “In a time when patients and their families often don’t feel they have much control, we strive to give them as much control as possible. We show them they have choices and we support them in making decisions. They have choices about comfort measures, where they want to be, and who they want to be with or have involved in their experience. No two patients or their families are alike. Sometimes it’s a choice to schedule medicine so when they have special visitors, like grandchildren, they can be as emotionally or physically present as possible. Other times it’s about the pace of their care – to ask for more care, or to ask for less. This is their journey. We let them know their options and we honor their choices. During this time, patients are still active, present, and a part of decision making.” – Ann Hockridge, Interfaith Hospice Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator
Hope – “People may think that being on hospice can make patients lose hope. Actually, the experience is that their hope changes. It looks different for each person. They hope to see their grandchildren. They hope to finish something as part of saying goodbye. They hope for one last embrace. They hope to reconcile with a child they haven’t talked to for years. They hope to stay home and be comfortable. They have hope for what’s next in their spiritual journey. They hope for peace.” –Allison Wright-Roberts, RN – Hospice Coordinator
Connection – “My aunt was at a hospital out of town, and due to the pandemic, only my parents could be with her. She was able to come home because of hospice. My family gathered with her and wrapped her in our love. She was at peace because she was able to connect, in person, one last time. The extra hours we had together will always be cherished, and I will always be thankful to CHHC for making this possible.” –Family Member of a Patient
Our team considers it a privilege to offer guidance, support, and encouragement through difficult times, and to be witnesses to the power of these personal experiences.
Please consider making a gift to our annual fund to help us continue providing Hospice and our other Home Health programs to people throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Gifts can be made through our online form.
Thank you in advance for supporting our work. You are giving the gifts of comfort, choice, hope, and connection.
Treny Burgess, Director
Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice
P.S. Make your gift even more special by choosing to honor or remember someone with your donation. Let us know by selecting “I would like to dedicate this donation” when making your gift online.
For questions regarding donations please contact:
Brynn M. Evans
Director of Development, Marketing & Communications
165 Sherman Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-9405 x1509
As a division of Northern Counties Health Care, Inc., Caledonia Home Health Care and Hospice is a 501(c) 3 organization and donations are tax-deductible.