Our Blog

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

NovCaregiver2015Sherry Duran is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Sherry was nominated by a patient’s family member, Pedro Mondragon.

We want to thank Sherry Duran for always being there for us.  This woman is amazing.  All of her duties & responsibilities that she does endure.  She still has empathy and cares so much about our family.  She is smart and very aware of all concerns we have about our dad.  Her advice is so comforting and her help with everything is done ASAP. We all love her and her team has been so remarkable. She is a wonderful leader and a great person. We can count on her and she will problem solve and be there for us. We are grateful for having her for our dad.

We love her for everything and we are glad to have her.

Added note on back: This woman is so remarkable and is dedicated with integrity and honor and respect for us

Pedro Mondragon

Family Member

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!

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

OctCaregiver2015

Kevin Samelson of Brookdale Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Kevin was nominated by Susanne Young.

Dame Cicely Saunders stated “We do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” Kevin Samelson reminds us daily by not only being so caring, compassionate and competent but also by going that extra mile for each individual, all his patients experience Saunders vision. It is a privilege to have him on our team. I have booked him for my own departure.

Susanne Young

Brookdale 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!

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

SEPT - HMC-0378-FB-Caregiver-Sept

Julie Juarez of Halcyon Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Julie was nominated by Jenn Davis.

I am the Team Lead for Julie Juarez and was recently visiting a patient’s home. The patient we were caring for has had several caregivers in and out of the home, as many were not “good fits” and it was difficult to match personalities and approaches for this family. During that visit, the patient’s mother looked at me in the eye and said, “You treat her right, she is a jewel”. I acknowledged that comment and then she adamantly stated, again, “No, I’m telling you, she is the best employee you could have”. I knew this about Julie, but this statement coming from a family member spoke volumes. I have been observing the types of cases that Julie is assigned to and the intensity of the clients she serves. She is consistently able to care for people who others have difficulty caring for. Through her selfless approach, she is able and willing to serve a population that needs her care the most. She defines professionalism while creating a warm, accepting environment for all of her patients and colleagues. Julie is the true definition of a Servant Leader, one who humbly walks with others, regardless of who they are, offering her presence and genuine care. I do not make nominations lightly, but not only have I recognized Julie’s care, in only three days four of Julie’s colleagues have complimented her willingness to serve. I feel, at my core, that Julie should be publicly recognized for the care she provides to not only our patients, but her colleagues and community. I am honored and humbled to work with her, as I know her colleagues are, too. As a nurse in one of the nursing homes Julie goes to says, “She’s a shining star”.

Jenn Davis
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!

 

August Caregiver of the Month

HMC-0378-FB-Caregiver-August

Debi Cannon is the winner of the August Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

Debi was nominated by Lynn Fraser.

Debi Cannon cared for my mother every day for well over a year and became my (paralyzed) mom’s lifeline. Debi would assist my mother in every task including hygiene tasks. Mother was always treated with dignity and respect. Debi bathed my mother one hour before she passed. I believe to this day, my mom was waiting to see Debi one last time before she left us. Since my mom could not use her limbs, Debi would assist Mom in ways that I could never repay. My mother cherished her, and confided in her. Ms. Cannon was professional, reliable, hard working, and trustworthy. Although the nursing home where my mother resided was full of drama from the hired staff, Ms. Cannon remained mature and professional. What’s more impressive – she gained the respect of the nursing home staff and Physicians without joining in the drama. If you have an award for an outstanding caregiver then Debi Cannon absolutely deserves it. My mother died in January, (your Funeral Home handled Mother’s body and cremation). My mother was my best friend and losing her is devastating. But caregivers like Debi Cannon gave Mom a quality of life she would never have had otherwise in her final years. Please consider this very caring and dedicated hospice caregiver. She is priceless!

Sincerely,
Lynn Fraser
Arlington, TX

Thank you Debi for your commitment to those you serve!

Congratulations to our August winner Debi Cannon.

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!

July Caregiver of the Month

HMC-0378-FB-Caregiver-JulyNancy Haas of Gentiva Hospice of Denver is the winner of the July Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Nancy was nominated by Nathan Gustafson, M.Div., SCC & Volunteer Services.

Nancy Haas has served with Gentiva hospice throughout the last year, first as an intern and over the last six months as a specialized Bereavement volunteer. When our Bereavement Coordinator went out on medical leave, Nancy stepped in and has dedicated 10 hours or more a week contacting our bereaved families, meeting with community members seeking support and ensuring that families receive the highest level of care. She serves with a smile and with laughter and has brightened our staff with her positive attitude. She doesn’t seek attention for her service, but has been a life saver for us in this time.

Sincerely,
Nathan Gustafson, M.Div., SCC & Volunteer Services
Gentiva Hospice of Denver

Thank you Nancy for your commitment to those you serve!

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!

June Caregiver of the Month

HMC-0378-FB-Caregiver-June

Theresa Conde is the winner of the June 2015 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Theresa was nominated by Desiree Lurie.

Theresa Conde is a wonderful CNA (and team member.) She has a very calm and gentle manner which inspires confidence in even the most particular patient… of which she has had a few! She is able to deal with folks who have dementia and encourage them to take a shower or get cleaned up with her gentle manner. Theresa has experience with comfort touch and is a certified massage therapist. As such she brings a lot of healing and comfort to her patients. I know families are always very happy to have Theresa care for their loved ones… old or young.
Sincerely,

Desiree Lurie, LCSW
Southeast Team Social Worker
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!

4 Tips for Coping with Stress

H&M FB 2.20 2016

The month of February calls for awareness about heart health and heart disease. Managing stress in your life is good for your heart and for your emotional well-being. The American Heart Association notes that “stress may affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk.” Here are 4 tips that can be a good start to coping with and reducing your stress.

1) Take care of yourself. This is easy to overlook, our lives are busy and we don’t always take the time to slow down and get the rest we need. Try eating healthy, well balanced meals and try exercising on a regular basis.
2) Take a break. This could be as simple as sitting quietly for 5 or 10 minutes. Turn off the news, step away from electronics and take some time to slow down and relax. Try listening to some quiet classical music which can be an effective stress management tool.
3) Do one thing each day that you enjoy. This could be as simple as taking 15 minutes to find enjoyment in a hobby, art project or reading a book. Call a friend or make plans to meet for lunch.
4) Talk to someone about your stress. Let it out, this can help put your stress into perspective and is a way to receive feedback and advice from loved ones in your life.

4 Tips For Dealing with Grief During the Holiday Season

LPT-0268 R1-01

#1 Talk About Your Grief
During the holiday season, don’t be afraid to express your feelings of grief. Ignoring your grief won’t make the pain go away and talking about it openly often makes you feel better. Find caring friends and relatives who will listen-without judging you. They will help make you feel understood.
#2 Be tolerant of Your Physical and Psychological Limits
Feelings of loss will probably leave you fatigued. Your low energy level may naturally slow you down. Respect what your body and mind are telling you. And lower your own expectations about being at your peak during the holiday season.
#3 Eliminate Unnecessary Stress
You may already feel stressed, so don’t overextend yourself. Avoid isolating yourself, but be sure to recognize the need to have special time for yourself. Realize also that merely “keeping busy” won’t distract you from your grief, but may actually increase stress and postpone the need to talk out thoughts and feelings related to your grief.
#4 Be With Supportive, Comforting People
Identify those friends and relatives who understand that the holiday season can increase your sense of loss and who will allow you to talk openly about your feelings. Find those persons who encourage you to be yourself and accept your feelings-both happy and sad.

Please call Jennifer McBride at 303-745-1771 x242 for grief support.

A Time of Remembrance

candle
Please join us for a memorial candle lighting ceremony to honor the memory of those whom we have loved and who have died. All programs begin at 7:00pm and last about one hour. Refreshments will be served.
 Thursday, Dec 10 – Horan & McConaty, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora
 Tuesday, Dec 15 – Horan & McConaty, 9998 Grant Street, Thornton
 Thursday, Dec 17- Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood

All are welcome and there is no cost for this program.  Please RSVP to jmcbride@horancares or call 303-745-1771 x342 as to the number of people and which evening you wish to attend.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU

You don't need an appointment, but a phone call or message helps us make the most of your visit.
Call Us Anytime
800-471-4418
or
A Funeral Director will respond to your inquiry.






I would prefer to be contacted by