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Caregiver of the Month – Cathy Broida

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Cathy Broida is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Cathy was nominated by Jackie Hibbard from Halcyon Hospice.

Cathy Broida is an RN with Halcyon. She recently assisted one of our patients to apply to participate in the Honor Flight from Colorado to Washington DC. He was accepted and she accompanied him on the journey on September 13-14. This patient and his son, who also went along, had an amazing experience visiting the sites in Washington. The patient felt honored and never thought he’d experience anything like this in his life. Cathy went over and above her normal nursing duties to honor this man’s service to our country. She has a passion for working with veteran’s and does all she can to thank each one for their service and commitment to the United States. As Cathy shared her weekend experience with the team she was in tears describing the experience that she, the patient and the son had. She is a shining example of what it means to be a servant leader who goes beyond the job description to meet the patient’s needs. Cathy is also putting together an education session for the rest of our staff about the Honor Flight and how to help other veteran’s apply for this amazing experience.

Jackie Hibbard, MDiv

Team Lead

Maroon Bells Team

Halcyon Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Felicia Kile

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Felicia Kile is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Felicia was nominated by Desiree Lurie from The Denver Hospice.

Felicia Kile is volunteer “extraordinaire.” She picks up food from the food bank and stocks the pantry! She is also a very dedicated visitor to a sweet woman with dementia; visits twice a week, faithfully, reports to the team, and treats this lady like her own family member. She is very kind and considerate.

This lady speaks very little, but Felicia is able to get her to talk and enjoy music and other activities. Felicia has vastly improved her quality of life.

We love you Felicia!!

Sincerely,

Desiree Lurie, LCSW
Social Worker
Southeast Neighborhood
The Denver Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Free Screening 11/5 of Emmy nominated documentary, Being Mortal

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Saturday, November 5th
3020 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gather with friends, neighbors and peers for a free screening and discussion of the Emmy nominated documentary Being Mortal, which explores what matters most to patients and families experiencing serious illness.  Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.  This session is a Spanish language session.

Network with medical professionals and community members, enjoy free refreshments and discuss what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions.

RSVP to this FREE event: Call (303) 398-6253 or email drodriguez@care4denver.org

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Free Screening 10/20 of Emmy nominated documentary, Being Mortal

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Thursday, October 20
3101 S. Wadsworth, Lakewood, CO 80227
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Gather with friends, neighbors and peers for a free screening and discussion of the Emmy nominated documentary Being Mortal, which explores what matters most to patients and families experiencing serious illness.  Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

Network with medical professionals and community members, enjoy free refreshments and discuss what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions.

RSVP to this FREE event: Call (303) 398-6253 or email jmcbride@HoranCares.com

 

 

Free Screening 10/4 of Emmy nominated documentary, Being Mortal

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Tuesday, October 4
9998 Grant Street, Thornton, CO 80229
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Gather with friends, neighbors and peers for a free screening and discussion of the Emmy nominated documentary Being Mortal, which explores what matters most to patients and families experiencing serious illness.  Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

Network with medical professionals and community members, enjoy free refreshments and discuss what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions.

RSVP to this FREE event: Call (303) 745-1771 x342 or email jmcbride@HoranCares.com

Pizza & Preplan – Oct 11th, 12th or 13th

Join us for free pizza while our expert staff explains your memorialization options, answers your questions, and shows you how the decisions you make today will benefit your loved ones for years.

Choose one of the sessions below, at Noon or 6pm:

October 11th – 9998 Grant St, Thornton

October 12th – 3101 South Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood

October 13th – 7577 West 80th Ave, Arvada

Please call (303) 216-4274 to RSVP!

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Serving all of Denver Metro, since 1890

Horan & McConaty staffs their seven locations with some of the most caring, kind, compassionate, professionals in the industry. The company hasn’t grown just for the sake of growth, but out of a desire to provide care in the areas in which they are needed. It’s all in keeping with the philosophy which started it all, more than 100 years ago.

The story of Horan & McConaty begins in 1890, when the Horan family came to Denver with little more than hopes, dreams, and a team of horses. Their dream was to start a funeral home, because it was what they knew they did best. To them, it was much more than a business; it was a calling. They set out to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of families coping with end of life decisions, doing work with meaning, and building more than just a business.

Today, over a century later, the dreams of the Horan family live on in Horan & McConaty. It’s still family owned, and still runs on one key premise: what’s important is not the business, but the families the business serves. Each person at Horan & McConaty is empowered to do the right thing, giving families what they need, with the freedom which comes from working for a local, family owned business, and not a corporate chain.

For all of those reasons, Horan & McConaty has been recognized by the Denver community in a variety of ways. John Horan has been the chairman of the board of The Denver Hospice since 2003, and he was also president of the Board of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, which his great-grandfather started in 1917.  Additionally, Horan & McConaty has been honored with numerous awards, including service provider of the year.

The kudos which mean the most to the family, though, are the thank you notes and calls they get from customers. This recognition from families they’ve served tells them all they need to know: they’re living up to the dreams of their forebears, and running the business the way those early Horans would’ve wanted, built from the heart.

The Honor Bell

 “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”     - John Donne, Poet and Cleric

The tolling of a bell at a funeral has long signified honor, reverence, and remembrance. It’s a sacred symbol, used not only to mark the end of a life, but also to highlight the connection between all people. In generations past, bells rang to indicate that a person had passed from this life, and to ask the community for prayer to make that passage a smooth one. Today, the ringing of a bell is a respectful, dignified way to further honor those who have served our nation in the armed services.  That’s why Horan & McConaty is pleased to partner with the Honor Bell foundation, in order to make the pealing of the Honor Bell an option for veterans and their families.

New to our state, the Honor Bell is a 1000 pound bronze forged instrument, created and managed by veterans, and funded by donations. While it was being cast, artifacts from those who have served were escorted to the foundry by state chapters of the Patriot Guard Riders, and added to the molten bronze, as a way to represent past, present, and future veterans. Once it is rung at a ceremony, it is silenced until the next Honors.

The Honor Bell is now available for veteran funeral services, and can be rung at the cemetery, or even at a church or chapel. As it is guarded and tolled by the Bell Honor Guard, its rich, somber tone impacts hearers with a visceral resonance, reaching a place that embraces and honors grief, while also offering comfort, and honoring those who have served our country.  The tolling of the bell offers us a solemn moment, which will be remembered long after the funeral service is over, providing those who were there with the comforting knowledge that they paid this final honor to one who lived life well.

Horan & McConaty is privileged to support the Honor Bell and we look forward to making this available to veterans and their families. This is only one of the offerings we provide to help create a unique ceremony that truly celebrates the life of your loved one. For veterans, we offer a wide range of options which, depending on eligibility, can include a memorial U.S. flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a Veterans Administration headstone or marker, a military flag folder and presenter, and burial at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. We also offer full military honors for those who retired from the military, were disabled as a result of military service or died while serving on active duty. Contact Horan & McConaty today, to learn more about what we can offer you to celebrate a life well lived.

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Caregiver of the Month – Karen Johnson

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Karen Johnson is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Karen was nominated by Kendra Swanson from Suncrest Hospice.

Karen Johnson is such an amazing asset to the Suncrest Hospice team. Not only is she a Social Worker she is also the supervisor of all of the Suncrest CNA’s in Colorado. She’s the one that finds all this awesome talent. I have never had a boss that took so much time from her busy schedule to actually listen to our patients and family needs. She goes that extra step to make everyone happy including the CNA staff. She really cares about each and everyone of us. She always is there whenever I have any questions or when I need help. I am so blessed to be working for this company thanks to Karen. I have found my passion in life. Everyone also says, ‘It takes a special person to do your job.” Which is what Karen is a very special person to our hospice team. Thank you Karen for all your hard work. I look forward to working with you for years to come!!! 

- Kendra Swanson, Sunset Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

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