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TIPs for Volunteers A quarterly publication for the Volunteers of TIP Hospice February- April 2008. Important dates: February—American Heart Month Women’s Heart Health Month March—National Social Work Month National Craft Month April—National Volunteer Week
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TIPs for VolunteersA quarterly publication for the Volunteers of TIP Hospice February- April 2008
February—American Heart Month
Women’s Heart Health Month
March—National Social Work Month
National Craft Month
April—National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week
April 27-May 3, 2008
Change the World”
Throughout history, volunteers have participated in the lives of individuals, organizations, and the larger community. Their time, talents, and resources have and continue to support, influence and ensure a healthy community’s social welfare.
TIP Hospice takes this opportunity to thank all of its volunteers. Their participation enhances the lives of our patients and families as well as support the program as a whole. We could not do it without our volunteers. Many thanks!!!
c/o Mary Cable, MSW (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator
3445 Bridgeland Drive, Ste. 117
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Phone: 314-344-3301 Fax: 314-298-8889
Marianne Endicott, Special Projects
Ashley Arnold, MSW Intern
Diane Falk, Program Support
Sr. Loretta Sigler, CPPS, Special Projects
Leslie Williams, Patient/ Family Support
Alicia Pigg, Patient/ Family Support
Kristin Murduck, Social Work Intern
“You must be the change
you wish to see in the world.”
By Mahatma Ghandi
Norma Shaffer, MSW
Tim Corzine, MSW, LCSW
Bridgeton, St. Peters, & Washington
Mary Cable, MSW
Stephanie Dunphy. MSW
Eric Williams, M. Th.
Herrin & Murphysboro
Tina Porter, BSW
Brad Garner, Chaplain
Lisa Kruemmelbein is bringing
comfort and smiles to the faces
of patients through massages.
Thanks for sharing your
Anita Thomas, Mary Ann
Clanton, and Connie Motl
decorated paper bags with
reindeer faces. The filled
treat bags were delivered to
patients and nursing homes, celebrating
the holiday season.
Marianne Endicott made bed gowns for our
Bridgeton, St. Peters,
Lynn Davis, Clara Mae Hoguet, Karen
Reed, Jo-Ann Reust, Patti Adams and
Jacqie Davenport for their consistent
gifting of time and energy making bed
pads, heel and elbow protects, adult bibs,
bed gowns, walker and wheel chair totes, and lap robes that the patients love.
Sr. Loretta Sigler beautifully
decorated gift bags with snow
scenes and snowflakes. Barbara Groneck
filled them with care items for the patients.
Also, thanks to the nursing staff that
An appreciation luncheon was held on December 1st recognizing the volunteers who make a difference in lives of hospice patients and their families. They enjoyed good food and fellowship. Thanks for sharing your time and talents with TIP Hospice.
TIP Hospice Volunteers at the Greentree Assisted Living Center in Mt. Vernon, IL, continue to make wonderful craft projects every month for our patients. Dorothy McKeighan, a member of the Greentree group, was named as a “Christmas Angel” by the Mt. Vernon Register News. Our ladies were featured January 11, 2008, on the news segment called “Unsung Heroes” that was aired on WSIL TV3.
Bridgeton, Great Rivers, Washington
These TIP Hospice volunteers celebrated National Hospice Month in November with a luncheon. Each received the green and purple National Hospice Pin in appreciation for making the difference in the lives our patients/families as well as the program. The green in the ribbon reflects the growing awareness of the compassionate care that hospice provides and the peace that hospice brings; the purple serves to remind us of the right all people have to live with dignity and respect, even to the last moment of life.”
The Mt. Carmel office recognizes Laverne Sherman for many services in the community and thanks her for her service to TIP Hospice, including ofiice and patient/family support as well as special projects for patients.
May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of people you love.
National Social Work MonthBuilding on Strengths: Help Starts Here March 2008By Mary Cable, MSW
Quote of the Quarter:We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.Anne-Sophie Swetchine 1869
Tele-Help Line for Caregivers (TLC)
for Southern Illinois
1-866-438-7852 (help line)
8 am to 9 pm; 7 days a week
TLC is a free telephone-based training and support program for caregivers (family, friends, neighbors) of older adults. Answers to questions, support and training are provided by professionals. TLC’s purpose is to prevent caregiver burnout.
Knowledge: Get information about your loved one’s condition and connect with resources and services.
Help & Support: Learn how to stay connected with family and friends as well as get help the support you need.
Skills: Learn ways to put things together and solve problems when they come up.
Managing Stress: Learn how to handle stress and negative feelings you might have from time to time.
The tele-help line is sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institute of Aging. The TLC project is through the Department of Psychology, South Illinois University, Carbondale. For more information visit their website at www.tlc.siu.edu.
RESOURCE EXCHANGE continued
There are many resources on the internet for caregivers. The following are good resources for information, education and links to services and other resources.
National Family Caregiver’s Association website is
www.nfcacares.org. NFCA provides education, services and resources.
1-800-896-3650 or 1-301-942-6430.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides the National Information & Assistance Care Line 1-866-432-4324, open during regular business hours. Services such as respite, case management, counseling, support groups, education and training, legal, financial, assistive technology and home modifications, and more are provided. The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, works in conjunction with state Area Agencies on Aging and local providers to connect caregivers with information and local resources. Visit www.aoa.gov .
Family Caregiver Alliance website www.caregiver.org has information, education, research, advocacy efforts, and services for caregivers. They can be contacted at 415-434-3388 or 800-445-8106.
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Volunteer Quarterly TrainingTIPS: 1. Record the time you spent on this training on February’s time sheet. 2. Attach this completed and signed sheet to your time sheet.Thanks!
Mary Cable, MSW
1. To increase the ability to recognize when a caregiver needs support to prevent
2. To increase knowledge of what a caregiver needs to better care for themselves.
3. Increase knowledge of resources available to caregivers.
4. Volunteers appreciate that they are caregivers and recognize the need to care for
Volunteer Signature ______________________________ Date: ______________
Remember to turn this page in with your time sheet! Thanks! (fma_2008)
The Big Picture on Caregivers
The national support network identifies 1.2 million
informal caregivers in Illinois, .6 million in Missouri, and 27.2 million in the United States. These caregivers assume care for the elderly (60+ years of age), those with disabilities of all ages, and grand parents raising grand children. The hours of care are staggering. The support network calculates the annual hours as follows—1.3 billion in Illinois, 583 million in Missouri, and 29 billion in the United States. Many, probably most, caregivers are sacrificing their financial stability, own health, and their own quality of life. The federal and state legislatures have worked in establishing financial and service supports for caregivers. There is still much work ahead at this level.
(National Association of State Units on Aging and the National Conference of State Legislatures with support from the U.S. Administration on Aging; www.state.il.us/aging/caregivers/crc/htm; www.dhss.state.mo.us/Senior_Services/aaa.htm)
Hospice Family Caregivers
Primary caregivers have a major role in the delivery of hospice care. It is not unusual that the caregivers have been caregivers for an extended period of time. The patient and caregivers are now facing a new phase in unknown territory of care requirements. These committed caregivers are balancing the demanding and ever changing daily patient care of their loved one, multitude of home routine tasks some of which are new to them to be responsible for, and their own life responsibilities.
Coping with the impending loss, keeping all medications and care needs completed, keeping family and friends updated, daily tasks of living, etc. stress caregivers. They often neglect their needs, struggle with their role in the family and care giving role, experience unrealistic expectations of themselves (self-imposed and other imposed), feel a lack of control and face unreasonable demands on them. These stresses do affect their ability to function. Hospice staff and volunteers assist in recognizing when a caregiver needs support and offers the support and/or facilitates linking caregivers to local resources.
Hospice Volunteers and Staff are Caregivers Too!
Being a part of patients’ and families lives at one of the most precious and intense times emotionally, physically, and spiritually is a privilege that gives meaning to our lives. However, that privilege brings both joy and pain. Hospice team members become involved and attached. Thus, they are not immune from caregiver burnout and need to care for themselves and know when they need support.
Author unknown www.theribbon.com
To "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else.
To “let go” is not to cut myself off,
it's the realization I can't control another.
To "let go" is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, it's to make the most of myself.
To "let go" is not to care for, but to care about.
To "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To "let go" is not to be protective, it's to permit another to face reality.
To "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.
To "let go" it not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings, and correct them.
To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To "let go" is to fear less, and love more.
Sells videotapes www.videorespite.com
Ageless Design’s Alzheimer’s Store
Sells videotapes and other items that helps
patients with memory difficulties.
Video tapes for caregivers to learn ways of
caring for loved one as well as for teaching how
to care for themselves.
Often have classes on how to use internet.
Organizations: Many of the organizations for
specific health conditions have support groups
for patients as well as caregivers such
Alzheimer’s, ALS, cancer, etc. Contact
information can be located on line and in phone
books. They have websites with information,
education, resources, and services.
Missouri State Office 1-888-389-5627
Illinois State Office 1-866-448-3613
The caregivers library has a Caregiver Self-
Assessment Questionnaire published by the
American Medical Association. The Beck self-
assessment for depression is frequently used to
assess the need for counseling.
“Positive Caregiver Attitudes (Caregiver
Survival Series),” by James R. Sherman
“The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook: How to
Care for Your Aging Parent Without Losing
Yourself,” by Alexis Abramson
“Taking Time for Me: Caregivers Can
Effectively Deal with Stress,” by Katherine L..Karr
“When Life Becomes Precious: The Essential
Guide for Patients, Loved Ones, and Friend of
Those Facing Serious Illness,” by Elise Babcock
“The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—
Looking After Yourself and Your Family While
Helping an Aging Parent,” by Barry J. Jacobs
“Love, Honor, & Value—A Family Caregiver
Speaks Out about the Choices & Challenges of
Caregiving,” by Suzanne Mintz, President and
Co-founder of the National Family Caregivers
“Always on Call: When Illness Turns Families
into Caregivers,” by Carol Levine
Visit websites for further recommendations.
Life is mostly froth and bubbles,
two things stand like stone,
kindness in another’s trouble,
courage in your own.
By Adam Lindsay GordonCaregiver Resources(continued)