Hospice seeking volunteers and offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Winona Health Hospice provides care to individuals and families within a 25-mile radius of Winona no matter where they receive healthcare services.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, by providing compassionate care and support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The training includes an initial meeting on either: Monday, February 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, February 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. There is also independent online education and, once complete, participants will attend one of the final meetings: Monday, March 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, March 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact Kris Walters, Winona Health volunteer manager by email: krwalters@winonahealth.org or call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4342.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application.

Help for those who are dealing with grief

Tesla Mitchell with the Winona Daily News spoke with Sheila Skeels, Winona Health Hospice Social Worker, and Amy Sixty, who lost her father this year, to share information to help people who are dealing with grief during the holidays.

If you or someone you know is dealing with grief during the holidays, or any time, this article may help.

Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

It’s about how you live!

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which serves as a time to share information about hospice that may help community members.

Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is designed to:

  • Ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.
  • Provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
  • Combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.

Winona Health Hospice Services provides care in homes and in long-term care residences within a 25-mile radius of Winona. More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from Winona Health Winona Area Hospice Services. Call 507.457.4468.

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Photo: Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

Grief Support Group begins September 6

Winona Health Hospice invites those who are dealing with grief to a free, six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Wednesday, September 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group will meet in the Manor Parlor at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. Meetings will be consecutive Wednesdays through October 11.

The group is open to anyone who is experiencing grief. The small group setting makes it a comfortable place for people to share their experience and learn coping strategies to help them through their grief.

The Grief Support Group is free, but RSVP is requested. Those who have questions or would like to RSVP are invited to call 507.457.4468.

Hospice volunteer training offered

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. To begin the process of becoming a Winona Health Hospice Volunteer, contact Winona Health Hospice at 507.457.4468.

Initial Training will begin on Tuesday, April 28 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the training room at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E Wabasha Street in Winona.

“We provide extensive training, covering everything from understanding the bereavement process to the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses including how to support families,” said Sue Kronebusch, hospice volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers provide a wonderful service to individuals and families, and they often find their own lives enriched.”

The training includes an independent study section that volunteers have a month to complete. The final required volunteer orientation will take place on Tuesday, June 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Friday June 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Senior Living at Watkins.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, providing compassionate care and reducing suffering during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

Registration is open through Friday, April 17, 2015. Those interested can contact

Sue Kronebusch through email skronebusch@winonahealth.org or call the hospice office at 507.457.4468.

Winona Health Hospice serves communities within a 25-mile radius of Winona. To learn more about Winona Health Hospice Services, visit winonahealth.org or call 507.457.4468.

 

Hospice gathering helps families honor memories

One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Winona Health Hospice remembrance gathering.

One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Hospice remembrance gathering.

Winona Health Hospice recently hosted the summer remembrance gathering, “Rock of Our Foundation” at Farmers Park.

Event attendees celebrated memories and shared the “foundations” that loved ones built. Families decorated a rock to take home as a symbol of the “Rock of Our Foundation.” The gathering was made possible by those who have made generous donations to Winona Hospice Services through the Winona Health Foundation.

More than 30 family members and caregivers who have lost a loved one within the last 13 months attended the event to celebrate memories and reconnect with Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers.

To learn more about Winona Health Hospice, call 507.457.4468 or click here.

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Photo: One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Winona Health Hospice remembrance gathering.