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.

Free six-week Grief Support Group begins Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Winona Health Hospice invites those who are dealing with grief to a free, six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group will meet in the lounge at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. Meetings will be consecutive Tuesdays through May 9.

This support group offers a small group setting, making it more comfortable for people to talk about their experience, identify with others, and learn strategies to help them in their grief journey.

“This group is open to anyone who is struggling with the loss of a friend or family member,” said Sheila Skeels, licensed social worker with Winona Health Hospice. “We’re here to offer support and to help people cope.”

The Grief Support Group is free, but RSVP is required. Those who have questions or would like to RSVP may call Sheila Skeels, LSW, at 507.457.4549.

Hospice seeking volunteers and offering training in March 2017

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, March 20 from 9 a.m-10:30 a.m. or Thursday March 23 from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. There is also independent online education and, once complete, participants will attend one of the final meetings: Tuesday, April 18 from 9-10:30 a.m. or Thursday April 20 from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact the hospice volunteer coordinator by email: skronebusch@winonahealth.org or call the Winona Health Hospice Services office at 507.457.4468.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application at: www.winonahealth.org/volunteer.

 

 

Hospice team makes more meaningful moments possible

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized care, families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available by contacting our Winona Health Hospice team at 507.457.4468

Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at:

Winona Health: Hospice Is So Much More: Personal stories here.

 

 

Being Mortal: Free screening of film exploring end-of-life care

Free Screenings of ‘Being Mortal’ presented by Winona Health Hospice

Winona Health Hospice is holding free, community screenings of the documentary “Being Mortal.” After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate their wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

“Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline” in February 2015. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name.

Free screenings of Being Mortal will be presented at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, October 24, Green Prairie place, 810 2nd NW, Plainview, Minn., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26, Elder Network, 1756 Kraemer Dr., Suite 110, Winona, Minn., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 27, YMCA, 207 Winona St., Winona, Minn., 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29, Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 W. Broadway, Winona, Minn., 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, Winona Health, noon for healthcare providers and 4 p.m. for all Winona Health employees.
  • Monday, November 7, Winona Health Hospice, 175 E. Wabasha St., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, Winona Public Library, 151 W. 5th, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 14, Friendship Center, 251 Main St., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 21, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1200 Grant Blvd. W. Wabasha, noon – 2 p.m.
    These free screenings are made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/.

For more information about the free screenings, contact Winona Health Hospice at 507.457.4468.

An opportunity to make a meaningful difference: Become a hospice volunteer (training included)

Winona Area Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers.

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 support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The extensive volunteer training covers everything from the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses, to how to support families and understand the bereavement process.

The training includes an initial meeting on either Monday, January 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, January 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There is also independent online education and a final meeting on either Monday, February 22, from 10 a.m. until noon or Tuesday, February 23, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact the volunteer coordinator by email: skronebusch@winonahealth.org or call the Winona Health Hospice Services office at 507.457.4468.

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

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.

 

Welcome Charlotte Clark, MD

Charlotte Clark, MD

Charlotte Clark, MD

Charlotte Clark, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff and serves as a Hospice physician.

“I chose Winona Health for this unique opportunity to focus on the important work of hospice.” said Dr. Clark. “It’s rewarding to be able to get to know people in their own environment and to learn what really matters to them. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those who love them.”

Dr. Clark noted that many people think that hospice care is only for people when they are in their last few DAYS of life. “In reality,” said Dr. Clark. “We can do the most good when we have many MONTHS to work with patients and their families, supporting, teaching about what to expect and how to care for a person who wants to stay at home.”

Hospice provides an array of services to increase comfort such as home nurse visits, music therapy, physical therapy, nondenominational chaplain visits, assistance from social workers, home health aides, and volunteer visitors, all covered under Medicare if a person is eligible.

Prior to joining Winona Health, Dr. Clark served as an independent contractor for a life insurance paramedic services company. Her medical experience also include caring for patients as a Family Practice physician and serving as the medical director of a nursing home. She received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and completed her residency at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, Missouri.

Winona Health Hospice Services cares for people in their homes within a 25-mile radius of Winona in Minnesota and Wisconsin. For information about hospice, call 507.4457.4468.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, including a directory with photos available for download, visit winonahealth.org and click Find a Provider.

 

 

 

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.