The Hospicare Blog

Hospicare’s Four Legged Companions

The story of Follensby and the Fig Newtons One of our most trusted and loved volunteers crossed the Rainbow Bridge this spring. Follensby, a beautiful Golden Retriever was a frequent visitor to the Hospicare residence for the past 10 years. Follensby loved being a visitor to the Hospicare and it is with a heavy heart…

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2021 Annual Education for Volunteers

Statement of Confidentiality 2021 Annual Education Attestation Conflict of Interest Policy Sign Off 2021 Annual Education Quiz 2021 Evaluation Letter TB Risk Assessment Influenza Status Annual Health Assessment

Writing Your Loss

By Jane Baker Segelken MA, MSW Much research has been done about the therapeutic benefits of writing, something I can attest to from personal experience. My interest in expressive writing began many years ago when I first started keeping an informal journal and wrote about some of my life’s more difficult experiences. While participating in…

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Sara Worden Takes on a New Role at Hospicare 

Hospicare is pleased to announce that Sara Worden has stepped into a new role as Director of Development and Community Relations! Sara has more than ten years of experience in community-facing service, relationship-building, and event coordination here in our region, the last three years here in Hospicare, where she has cultivated valuable relationships with providers and…

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The Beauty of What Remains

By Rebecca Schillenback What is left when someone we love has gone from our sight?  What remains when a beloved person has died?  What will be left of us, after we are gone?  Can beauty be found in what remains? In his book The Beauty of What Remains, Rabbi Steve Leder offers a gentle meditation upon…

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The Nature Conservancy Reports on Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare

Swimmin’ to a Clean Water Future in the Finger Lakes By Liz Galst, Communications Manager, New York Marketing and Communications Phosphorous and nitrogen pollution pose a threat to the region’s water quality. Here’s what we’re doing to help—and how you can take part. The health of the lake has a big impact on the health…

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Welcome to our New Board Members

Hospicare is pleased to announce that three new members have joined our board of directors.  Please join us in welcoming Aloja Aierewele, Jerry Dietz, and Laurie Mante! “Of all the ways that community members give to Hospicare, the gift of time is perhaps the most selfless,” said Executive Director Joe Sammons. “We are so grateful…

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Collaboration between Hospicare and Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes

Hospicare & Palliative Care Services and the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRCFL) both share a common goal to be accessible to diverse populations throughout our community. CRCFL supports people living with and affected by cancer and Hospicare provides end-of-life care and grief support. Both are nonprofits serving several counties in central New…

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Meditative Swims for those we have Lost

(A Women Swimmin’ Participant Profile) by Erica Steinhagen “I swim in meditation to those I and others have lost.” I had decided not to bring my neoprene sleeves. It seemed so warm to me. Even at 8am, it was getting humid, and I didn’t even deign to look at the Cayuga Lake temperature abstract that…

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Swimmin’ for My Mom

By Casey Carr We brought my 95-year-old mother home to live with us at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic so we could safely give her the loving care that she deserved. Although the first nine months were filled with lovely meals together, fun family card games, holiday celebrations and bonding time with my two sons; my mother’s health began to rapidly decline after she suffered a fall. This decline necessitated a hospital bed, Hoyer lift, and…

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