Congratulations to the HeartLight Center for the outpouring of support for their annual event, “It’s All About Love…Inspiring Hope”. The evening was a big success! See Photos.
This year’s event honored 4 community members who are bringing help and hope to our community in outstanding ways.
Carole O’Shea, Coordinator of the Victim Services Unit of the Aurora Police Department; Dan Georgopoulos, Founder of Hands of The Carpenter; George (Skip) Noe, Aurora City Manager; Jennifer McBride, President and Co-founder of HeartLight Center.
Learn more about the HeartLight Center, dedicate to providing affordable grief support and education for adults in our community who are experiencing the pain and sorrow following the death of a loved one.
Will Reller of Gentiva Hospice receives award after being nominated by Jan Cico, Office Manager at Gentiva Hospice.
Pictured: Daren Forbes Horan & McConaty VP/COO, Will Reller Chaplain Gentiva Hospice, Jan Cico Office Manager Gentiva Hospice, Jennifer McBride VP Grief Support Horan & McConaty
“Will Reller is never too busy for anyone. He goes above and beyond when there is a need. He is very easy to talk to; he is a good listener and has good advice. He has a wonderful reputation in the facilities and is sought out by his peers as well. He is mild mannered and has a wonderful calming sense about him. Will is always ready and willing to do Memorial Services, attends funerals, is a wonderful spiritual counselor, and always has our patient’s best interest at heart. Always smiles and goes the extra mile for everyone”, said Jan in her nomination.
Congratulations Will! Thank you for your kind and uplifting devotion to your colleagues and patients.
We are honored to award our February 2013 Hospice Caregiver Award to Margaret Hapeman with Shalom Hospice.
Margaret was nominated by Jolain Graf, Chaplain & Assistant Director at Shalom Hospice.
“We enthusiastically recommend Margaret Hapeman for the Hospice Caregiver Award. Margaret tends to all her patients with heart, mind and soul. She goes the extra mile, paying attention to the small things that make patients happy. She has stopped to pick up a soft drink, hamburger or shake to share with one of her patients. Margaret also takes care of the staff in the facilities she serves. She bakes cookies for holidays and takes them out for a special treat. Margaret is clinically strong, a true patient advocate, supportive of the nurses who work with her, and shares her delightful sense of humor with all she meets.
Margaret works in the community. She has Lowry Park where she cares for a lot of Medicaid folks. Her heart is in caring for people who do not have anyone or who have special needs. She has had several deaf patients and some who barely survive. She is great with men who need someone to give them a “bad time” so they trust her. She is fun!”, said Jolain in her nomination.
Congratulations Margaret. Thank you for your caring devotion, joyful spirit and kindness to the community!
We are pleased to announce our first Caregiver winner. Each month we will select one Caregiver to honor based upon a review of nominations received from peers, friends, patients and their families, and others who feel a particular person excels in her or his profession. The monthly winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.
Congratulation to our January 2013 winner Leslie Abbott, a nurse with The Denver Hospice.
Pictured: John Horan, President Horan & McConaty, Leslie Abbott, a nurse with The Denver Hospice, Judi Pring, Executive Director at Sunrise Senior Living at Pinehurst and Jennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM VP Horan & McConaty
Here are a few words from Judi Pring, Executive Director at Sunrise Senior Living at Pinehurst about why she nominated Leslie. “She is compassionate, knowledgeable and professional. When families are struggling with the dying process, Leslie has a way of putting them at ease through her presence and her vast knowledge. I really appreciate Leslie’s understanding of the Alzheimer’s disease process and the impacts of dementia on a person and on families. She is an expert with this population and understands the unspoken needs of these residents. She displays an extra measure of compassion to families as they deal with their struggles watching a loved one suffer from this disease. If I had to choose a hospice care provider for my own family, I would not hesitate in choosing Leslie. “, says Pring.
Thank you Leslie for all you do for patients and families, your fellow caregivers, and our community!
Watch for our next winner.
To nominate a caregiver go to www.sacred-transitions.com
With the events that occurred on Friday, we would like to offer some resources from the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Resources for coping with traumatic loss and violence
Helping children in the aftermath of a shooting (APA)
Resources for talking to children after disasters (AAP)
Educational pamphlets about trauma (ISTSS)
Please also visit our library of grief articles: http://www.horancares.com/_mgxroot/page_10747.php
If you are in need of support, please contact Jennifer McBride, Director of Grief Support & Community Education at jmcbride@horancares or 303-745-1771 x242.
Our hearts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, Connecticut.
On Thursday, we will be serving the family of Police Officer James Davies.
We are honoring Officer Davies’ dedication to protecting our community, and for dedicating his life to keeping us safe. He will always be remembered. Our hearts go out to all of his friends and family.
Today, we are sharing the thin blue line in his honor today. The Thin Blue Line is a symbol of support for law enforcement officers and is used among fellow officers. The blue represents officers and the courage they have when facing insurmountable odds. The black background is a constant reminder of all officers who have fallen. The line is what police officers protect; it’s the barrier between order and chaos. Together, they symbolize the camaraderie law enforcement officers all share, the brotherhood like no other. Today, please share this photo with the Thin Blue Line in honor of Police Officer James Davies. May he rest in peace.
Click here to read Officer Davies Obituary
As you may have heard, we have been running television commercials to share our “Live Well, Leave Well.” focus. If you’ve missed them, or would like to take a look, we’ve included the links to the videos below.
Our first video on Live Well. Leave Well. can be viewed by clicking here.
Our second video can be viewed by clicking here.
We are pleased to sponsor a caregiver event entitled Caregiver Event: Exploring Ten Touchstones for Caring for the Mourner. The speaker will be Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt.
This event will be held on November 16, 2012 from 9-3:30 at the Horan & McConaty Centennial location (5303 E. County Line Rd., at Holly Street). It includes lunch and a certificate of participation. There is a $35 fee to attend this event.
Please view or download the flyer below for more information.
Today, we are sharing all ten things you can do to detect breast cancer early and help lower your risk.
1. Get screened. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk. Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk. Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40.
2. Find out whether you or women close to you have dense breasts. Extra tissue can prevent early diagnosis of breast cancer.
3. Ask your doctor to recommend other tests using ultrasounds and MRIs to detect breast tumors that may not show up on mammograms.
4. Know your body mass index (BMI) — and lower it if necessary. Studies show that women whose body mass index (BMI) is at the lower end of the scale for their height lower their risk of breast cancer.
5. Get 30 minutes of exercise daily.
6. Limit alcohol to one drink a day — or save it for special occasions. More than one drink a day is associated with a significant increase in breast cancer risk, and teetotalers have the lowest risk of all.
7. Eat those fruits and veggies. Lots of them.
8. Quit smoking.
9. Don’t take hormones, or limit how long you take them.
10. If you have kids, breast feeding for at least one year over all pregnancies lowers breast cancer risk
“Early detection is key, and it’s such an easy thing to do now,” Andrea Horan emphasizes. “People really need to take time in their year to [get screened], because the earlier you catch breast cancer, the better. It’s more treatable and curable when you catch it early.”
If you’ve missed our radio spots further discussing the “Live Well. Leave Well.” theme, we’ve added them here to share them with you.
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