Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2014

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Volunteer Brings Fried Chicken and Smiles

“I really wish I could be more involved than I am,” says Cleveland volunteer Tom Mathews. Tom began volunteering with Crossroads Hospice after retiring. “I don’t have to work anymore, so I can choose what I want to do,” he says fondly.
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National Social Work Month: The Roles of the Hospice Social Worker

When asked to describe their role, many social workers will note the range of “hats” they wear to best serve patients and families. From identifying emotional and spiritual needs to supporting families as they navigate the Medicare system, the complexity of end-of-life care requires the skills of an expert educator, advocate, mediator and more.
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Students Surprise Former Teacher with Unforgettable Gift of a Day

Around the Armourdale Community Center in Kansas City, Mary Nally is a local legend. That’s where she spent decades mentoring young kids in athletics and character building. Many of Nally’s students came from under-served neighborhoods and found a safe haven playing for the teams she organized. On one special Saturday, it was clear that they never forgot what she did for them.
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Hospice Therapy Dog is a Gentle Giant

During World War II, Ann Meyers’ mother took advantage of a government program that allowed her to attend nursing school for free if she would enlist in the military after her training was complete.

By the time her schooling was finished, the war was at an end and the government exempted her from having to enlist. As a woman with a heart for service, she never forgot this and instead spent many hours in her life volunteering in her community.

She also raised her daughter Ann to look for ways to volunteer.
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Thoughts from Our 2013 Caring More Recipients

Moira Keller LCSW
Clinical Coordinator of Geriatric Social Work
Sixty Plus Older Adult Services at Piedmont Healthcare

Seventeen years ago, I arrived at Sixty Plus, new to Georgia and the southeast, after years of living abroad. I didn’t realize at the time that I had struck gold in terms of professional opportunity and meaningful work.

Our Judges for The 2014 Caring More Awards

Each March during National Social Work Month, Crossroads Hospice is proud to present the Caring More Award. Launched in 2010, this program recognizes the outstanding efforts of these unsung heroes, who dedicate their careers to improving the lives of others. The winners are awarded $500 to a non-profit of their choice – as well as a breakfast banquet held in their honor. Colleagues, family, friends, and a panel of judges are all invited to celebrate the amazing efforts of the winners.

To select a winner at each of our 11 sites, we establish a panel of expert judges who have distinguished themselves as pioneers in their fields. They include representatives from disease and professional social work associations, chairs of social work departments from area universities, elder care attorneys, nursing home administrators, geriatric physicians and more. These individuals know what makes a great social worker – because they too do more for the people they serve every day.
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