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Caregiver of the Month – Stevetta Rose

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Stevetta Rose from Suncrest Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Stevetta was nominated by Rosann Bryant and Jerry Mihlbachler.

This nomination comes from the family of Barbara Mihlbachler

Stevetta Rose had such a beautiful smile and a warm approach for our mom every day.  Often helping two people at a time during meals, she was so patient and willing to work with whatever mood, ability or needs presented from day to day.

She was just so sweet and tuned in and found a way every day to touch Mom’s heart and her inner soul while taking care of her physical self.

Nominated by Rosann Bryant and Jerry Mihlbachler

 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Stephanie Bergslien

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Stephanie Bergslien is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Stephanie was nominated by Rosemary Sleevi from Halcyon Hospice.

I want to nominate Stephanie Bergslien for the Hospice Caregiver Award. Stephanie is one of our Care Coordinators on the Maroon Bells Team serving the northern region of our service area.

I started working with Stephanie from a distance when I became the BVT coordinator. One of the functions of the Care Coordinators is to follow up in the facilities they are assigned to when one of Halcyon’s patients dies in that facility. A plant or flower arrangement is delivered along with some goodies for the staff who cared for the patient and the other residents who live in that community. Grief Support is offered to staff, family members and friends at this time. It is part of the Bereavement Plan of Care. The Care Coordinators send me an email to notify me when that visit is completed so I can document the visit and follow up with grief support if requested.

Most of the emails I receive state ‘condolence visit completed; no concerns’. Or something like ‘condolence visit completed; please contact John Doe and set up support for patient’s roommate’. Or ‘Administrator requests support for residents and staff’. I have enclosed a sample of Stephanie’s emails below. Stephanie not only knows the staff at her facilities, she is intimately involved with our patients, their families, the staff caring for them and the other residents who live in these facilities. She is truly an ambassador for Halcyon going above and beyond her job description.

Peace and Blessings,

Rosemary Sleevi, 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Coping with Holidays and Other Special Days

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Coping with Holidays and Other Special Days
By Jennifer McBride, M.A.
Horan & McConaty Funeral Service

While holiday times bring a certain kind of sorrow to those who are grieving, it can be the significant times in a person’s life, times not on everyone’s calendars, that can be especially difficult.

These might include:
• Anniversary of the death
• Wedding anniversaries
• Birthdays
• Birthdays of other family members
• Major family occasions such as weddings, baptisms, graduations
or other milestones

There are many ways to observe and commemorate these important occasions, such as visiting the final resting place of a family member or finding a visual, verbal or symbolic way to remind others of a special person’s continued presence in the life and history of their family. Recently, one family shared favorite holiday memories of their loved one. There was laughter. There were tears. And there was relief brought about by releasing feelings honestly and directly.

As we are grieving it may be helpful to acknowledge that holiday times can be difficult and even marginalize those who aren’t feeling like “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Knowing that there is no right way or wrong way to grieve, only your way, gives you permission to do what is best for yourself and those close to you at holidays and anniversaries.

Here are some suggestions…
• Care for yourself – mind, body & spirit.
Do things that are helpful, nourishing and comforting for you, such as listening to music, having quiet time, enjoying a cup of tea or a bath that can be soothing.

• Reserve the right to change your mind.
Well-meaning people may extend invitations, and even press us to attend. Just because someone invites, doesn’t mean our attendance is required. Care for yourself in terms of how much socializing you can tolerate. People who truly care will understand if you tell them how you are feeling.

• Keep some traditions… or create new ones.
Some people wish to do things in the ways they’ve always done them. This can be the best thing for some, but others might find it helpful to create new traditions or do something completely different. Exercise your right to grieve in your own way.

• Acknowledge that life has changed.
Sometimes people don’t want to mention the name of the person who died, thinking that this is easier for us and what we would prefer.. Let people know through your words and actions that it’s OK to speak of the person who died. Set a place at the table and perhaps place a candle or photograph there that shows that that person’s presence is still felt.

 

 

Caregiver of the Month – Karrie Filios

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Karrie Filios is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Karrie was nominated by Alice Duran from Agape Hospice.

Karrie Filios knows her job well, gets her job done, works well with the hundreds of families and friends who need her. She has the right words to say and always follows through with anything and everything she says and does. She is an amazing woman!

Karrie has so many qualities that would not fit on this nomination form. Writing this about her just makes me speechless due to not being able to find that one word that describes her. She is loved by everyone.

Alice Duran
Agape 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Corinne Strat

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Corinne Strat is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Corinne was nominated by Jeff Jenkins from Agape Hospice.

Corinne Strat exhibits a compassionate heart and is dedicated to the care of all her patients. She is a leader among Agape’s chaplains and a veteran in her field.

Corinne recently did an amazing job caring for the family of a patient who completed suicide, which affected her, of course, on a deeply personal level.

Jeff Jenkins
Agape 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

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

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