Posted on February 12, 2013 in Crossroads NewsWe often use superlatives when describing volunteers, such as: Great! Wonderful! The best! A god-send! The most reliable! Talented! These superlatives are an apt description of SUPER volunteer Lory Martinez. Lory has been with the Memphis team for two and a half years, and she has more than exceeded expectations.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2013
Posted on February 8, 2013 in Crossroads NewsA little after midnight, Dayton Assistant Clinical Director Colleen Flaum received an email from the call center requesting a return call to the son of Catherine Smith. The son told her that he had begged and borrowed enough money to get to Dayton from Somerset, KY. His mother had passed away just a few hours prior to his arrival.
Posted on February 6, 2013 in Crossroads NewsIt’s 3 a.m. and you wake up feeling like you can’t breathe; the oxygen just isn’t working. You are so tired and not looking forward to another drive in the snow and a two-hour wait in the emergency room at the hospital – for the third time this month. You’re so scared, though, that you can’t breathe right, and don’t feel that you have any other choices. Crossroads Hospice can help.
Posted on January 31, 2013 in Crossroads NewsMemphis’ Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Wilson has committed a lifetime to doing more for others. A missionary in Africa for 28 years, Sandy lived in Kenya, Nigeria, Nairobi – serving as a teacher and mentor to local children and regularly organizing collection drives for the communities.
Posted on January 28, 2013 in Hospice EducationFor this week’s volunteer spotlight, we head southeast of Kansas City to the comfortable confines of Warrensburg, MO. It is here that you will find the husband and wife volunteer team of Richard and Peggy Dudley. Richard and Peggy have been married for 19 years. Richard is retired after 21 years in the Army and 18 years working as a contractor, training Army personnel. Peggy retired as the financial manager of a produce company in southern California. They moved back to Warrensburg and bought the family farm. They have six kids, nine grandchildren and two adopted miniature schnauzers.
Posted on January 24, 2013 in Hospice EducationAddressing the needs for hospice and end-of-life care with patients and their families is never easy. Sometimes, these conversations are impossible to begin for even the most-seasoned physician or nurse.