November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and over the course of November, Hospice Quinte will be proudly joining organizations from across the country to reach out and help the communities we serve better understand what hospice palliative care is and all that it can offer.
To kick off the first official week of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Hospice Quinte held its annual volunteer appreciation banquet on Monday evening, at the Banquet Centre in Belleville, to celebrate, recognize and thank their dedicated team of volunteers for their contributions and ongoing support.
Several Hospice Quinte volunteers were individually recognized for achieving special milestones with the organization. Ben Vanderkooi, Rhonda Lee, Barbara Dick, Martha Griffin, George Ikonomu, Sue Clements, Deborah White, Liz Dykstra and Donna Edwards were each recognized for achieving 5 years of continuous service, and RoseMarie Hamilton, Marg Ketcheson, Eleanor McEachern-Wickett and Darcey French were recognized for achieving 10 years of continuous service.
“I think it takes a special kind of person to be a volunteer, but especially in the capacity of a visiting hospice volunteer,” said Jan MacInnes, Visiting Services Coordinator for Hospice Quinte. “I have the pleasure of connecting with our clients and their family members on a monthly basis, and our latest satisfaction survey indicated that 100% were satisfied with our services, and 100% felt our services have had a positive impact on their lives.”
For the past 34 years, Hospice Quinte has been providing hospice palliative care to individuals and families across Quinte through its visiting hospice program. Last year, with the help of their team over 125 volunteers, Hospice Quinte was able to provide hospice palliative care to 350 individuals in our community and serve 590 clients through support group sessions.
Hospice palliative care is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible, together as a family, despite being struck with a life-limiting illness. At the intersection of health and social care, hospice palliative care provides medical, psychological, and spiritual care, and a range of additional support for patients and their families.