Hospice Herald - June 2018
The Board unanimously adopted the recently completed Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 ‘Flourishing Together’ at their May meeting. Facilitator, Christine Grogan, was thanked for her commitment, efficiency and expertise in ensuring all hospice stakeholders had opportunity to contribute towards our plan for our ‘flourishing’ future. It was really pleasing to note that many staff and volunteers had reviewed the draft plans and endorsed its directions with very few changes. This suggests that a healthy and bonded culture is permeating our workforce and volunteers, and that we are largely ‘in sync’ when decisions are made. We are a great team – well done Hospice!
It was a pleasant surprise when Manager, Michelle McClure presented all Board Members with National Volunteer Week certificates of appreciation. “Give a little, Change a lot” was this year’s Volunteering theme, and it is really apt for all of our Hospice volunteers. Whether you help out at Butterflies Op Shop, prepare food, offer patients a kindly word, toil in the garden, or participate in a Hospice sub-committee, your help really does matter and leads to changes for the better.
Yours in community spirit
|A Call to Action for Compassionate Communities|
The Hospice is keen to embrace compassionate communities and looks forward to working with the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) and other stakeholders in building a stronger and more resilient community that can care for their own.
"Care for one another is the only sane basis of human society. Kindness to our family and friends, our neighbours and our community members is the true basis for quality in life, as well as quality of life. Individuals have a responsibility to the people around them, and Compassionate Communities call on us all to respect this responsibility. This means turning away from violence and oppression as a solution to problems. It insists that difficulties must be resolved by a commitment to dialogue and cooperation underpinned by human kindness."
|Flourishing Together 2018-2021|
Over the past couple of months the Hospice Board, staff, volunteers and key stakeholders have been working collaboratively to develop our new Strategic Plan for 2018-2021.
Aptly titled 'Flourishing Together' the plan identifies priority actions that will see the Hospice continue to strive to be a leader in palliative care and continue to provide an outstanding service to the whole community.
Our Vision and Mission have been updated to reflect the current and future aims for the Hospice:
Our Vision - The community, as individuals and collectively, values and embraces death and dying as an integral part of life.
Our Mission- Albany Community Hospice is a leader in the provision of expert palliative care, education and support so all members of the community can experience death with grace in a manner and place of their choice.
The 2018-2021 Strategic Plan can be found by clicking the link below
|What happens inside a hospice?|
Inspired by questions asked by patients and visitors to the Hospice, Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan addresses some of the fears and misconceptions in his insightful blog 'What happens inside a Hospice?'
The article aims to dispel some of the misconceptions that many may have about what really happens when you go beyond the glass doors.
Dr Ramachenderan is a Palliative Care GP who works with the Great Southern Palliative Care Service and is also a Hospice Board Member and member of the Medical Advisory Committee.
"Hospice and Palliative Care are words that we should learn not to fear because just as we all aim to live well, we should all also expect to live our last days surrounded by loved ones and cared for expertly with dignity and compassion." Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan
Click the link below to read the full article
|National Volunteer Week 2018|
At the end of May we took a moment to recognise the hard work, support and dedication of our wonderful volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
Volunteering at the Hospice covers a wide variety of roles from cooking nutritional and delicious meals, being a friendly and helpful face on reception, supporting our patients and their families, tending to our beautiful gardens, running our very successful Butterflies OP shop, and not to forget our dedicated Board and Committee members who do an outstanding job of guiding and overseeing the operations of the Hospice.
Without the amazing commitment of these wonderful people we would not be able to provide the outstanding palliative care service to the community.
We wholeheartedly thank all our volunteers for your dedication to the Hospice.
And, if volunteering at the Hospice sounds like something you would like to do, head to our website (link below) for more information or contact Andrew Talmage at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for something to do on those cold and wet Wednesday evenings?
Well, head on down to the Stirling Club every Wednesday night for a great night of bingo!
Doors open at 6pm with eyes down from 7pm. You are welcome to take along snacks, and tea/coffee/water is available for a gold coin donation. There is also a licensed bar.
All proceeds are donated to the Hospice and we sincerely thank the organisers and all the fabulous bingo-ers for their continued support.
For more information head to the Great Southern Bingo page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/greatsouthernbingo/