Hospice Herald - February 2019With 2019 in full swing, we look forward to bringing you lots of interesting articles, news and events from the Hospice
As 2019 gets underway, our Hospice is expanding it’s outreach services and fundraising enterprises for ongoing benefits and financial sustainability.
Congratulations to Sonya Coleman, Sarah-Louise Collins and Andrew Talmage for the successful launch of Weavers recently. It is heart-warming to know we now have trained volunteers offering information and ongoing support to hospice guest’s carers. This innovative program, funded from our Brandenburg Trust donation, will be greatly beneficial to carers, during end of life care for their loved ones. Other palliative care providers will watch with interest to learn if Weavers can be duplicated to support many more carer’s outside our Albany and regional catchment.
Have you been into Cocoon Store and Studio lately? Even if you have, please drop in again as the stock of retro treasures, household items, and gorgeous up-cycled clothes and shoes change almost daily. In fact the bright ideas generated there arouse the ‘wow’ factor from almost all customers. Congratulations to our creative design start-up coordinator and manager, Sam Burchett, and all the new volunteers and clever up-cycling creators who are contributing to this new business’ success. It is great to see how Butterflies and Cocoon are working together in a complimentary way – thanks volunteers for your receptiveness to this extension of “OP-Shopping’.
With the recent decision by our Hospice Manager, Michelle McClure, to leave our Hospice in early May, it seems that CHANGE will be on our agenda. The Board regrets Michelle’s decision, and is very grateful for her magnificent contribution during her 5 years with us. The Board also understands it is timely for Michelle and for Hospice too. With change comes opportunity, and we will be searching far and wide to find a new manager who can lead our TEAM in our ever expanding quest for excellence in palliative care and end of life support.
Yours in community spirit
|Farewell to our Hospice Manager|
A few weeks ago I announced that I will be resigning from my position of Hospice Manager as of the 3 May 2019. It has been an amazing experience and I have felt a great deal of accomplishment in being able to assist the Hospice in relocating to its current world class facility and achieving excellence in caring for the dying and their families.
It is now time for someone with fresh ideas and energy to continue the Flourishing Together Strategic Plan and for me to have a less stressful life that embraces my loved ones and myself. Hospice is in a very strong position and will continue to flourish with a new leader to provide the momentum to guide the team to greater things in palliative care.
I have been very privileged to have worked alongside such a dedicated, caring and experienced team of doctors, nurses, admin and volunteers. It is them and the community of Albany that have truly created a hospice to be proud of and cherished.
|Ahoy there sailors, it's the Albany Shanty Night!|
Join us for a night of fantastic music, games, raffle and rollicking good fun!
The Albany Shantymen and the Shanylillies will be singing toe-tapping shanties on Friday 15 March from 6pm at the Albany Boat Shed.
Tickets are $25 per person with children under 12 free. Tickets included scrupmtious finger food and drinks will be available to purchase from Wilson's Brewery and Bunn Wines stalls.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.trybooking.com/BASQP or from direct from Gemini Book Store, Paperbark, Cocoon and the Hospice.
Don't miss out, click the link below for more information and to get you tickets now
|The importance of intentional self-care in Palliative Care|
Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan has written this very insightful blog about the importance of self-care for people working in palliative care services. Jonathan provides some of his self-care tips and how they help him to provide the best possible palliative care whilst also looking after himself. Click below to read the full article
|Compassionate Communities and end of life awareness|
WA Primary Health Alliance is working to improve access to safe, quality palliative care at home through a Compassionate Communities project. Compassionate Communities is an international public health project the aim of which is to engage broad community support for people approaching the end of their lives.
This survey aims to gather information to understand how our community, including our workplaces, support each other through times of dying, death and loss and how we are discussing and planning for our future care needs.
We know for many this may be a confronting topic to be talking about, however it is an important subject which we will all have to face eventually. The information you share will help inform future community awareness campaigns.
The survey should only take two minutes to complete and your response will be anonymous.
Click the link below for more information and to complete the survey.
The role of the Guest and Family Support Coordinator appears to require creativity to ensure that we endeavour to meet the diversity of our guests needs. We strongly encourage our guests to live their lives to the fullest of their capacity, enlisting family and friends to enrich those moments leaving positive, lasting memories for everyone present. Pets are a great distraction as well as a nurturing companion to many and we encourage those relationships to continue.
It seems that our efforts mean that we regularly we have a menagerie of animals at the Hospice to add to our guest's experience.
Click the link below to read about the variety of animals that have visited the guests and families at the Hospice over the past few weeks!