Join us in supporting Blake's
ALS fundraiser

We currently care for an ALS patient whose young step-daughter Blake (above) is raising awareness about this cruel neurological disease through her fundraiser in support of the Don Rader Foundation. Proceeds will help with Don's caregiver expenses and those of the four other ALS patients she knows of in our community. And 10% of monies raised will benefit Hospice Savannah in gratitude for the help we currently provide.

Join Blake tomorrow, Thursday, October 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in downtown's Johnson Square. There will be live music by Keith & Ross, food, a $1,000 raffle and the opportunity to bid on lots of silent auction items including a moped, a wedding planner's services, horseback riding lessons, limo ride, and many more. For more information, visit www.youcaring.com/DonRader
Save the date for our Miniature Masterpiece Silent Auction
 
Our Miniature Masterpieces art show, formerly know as the 5 by 7 Art Auction, is hung in our Gallery thanks to the generosity of the many talented local artists who have again donated inspiring and original artwork. We warmly welcome you to preview the show and make a start on holiday shopping by placing some bids!  The closing reception will be held Thursday, November 6th at 5:30 p.m. with final bids being taken at 7:00 p.m.

Bids start at $50 - with many pieces priced even lower - and increase by $10 increments. Bidders do not have to be present to win - so if there is a piece you particularly covet, we encourage you to bid high!  There will be food, refreshments, and an honored guest judge will announce and award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes donated by Blick Art Materials. Proceeds from the silent art auction support our Daily Impact Fund.
 

2015 Pet Calendars on sale now!

Moxie and her litter mates were born when their owner was very sick.  Our Pet Peace of Mindİ program helped to find them new homes and Moxie is now the playful companion of Leslie, one of our home care nurse managers.

You can read Moxie's and 11 other touching stories in the  2015 Hospice Savannah Pet Calendar on sale now for a $15 minimum donation to our Pet Peace of Mindİ program. Pick yours up during regular business hours from the reception desk at Hospice House, at our administrative offices, or at Case Veterinary Hospital.

More stories from this year's calendar are available here.
 New children's bereavement program funded

Kate Taylor, owner of Savannah Power Yoga,  is funding our new children's bereavement yoga program for 2015 through proceeds from the studio's lower-priced "community classes." Kate has pledged $3,250 in support of this initiative, believing that grief can be held in the body and that movement therapy, including yoga, is an effective way to help children process their feelings and emotions.

Kate was a Hospice Savannah volunteer for a time and more recently was a caregiver for her mother-in-law Linda who died under our care. 

Weekly sessions will be a strong therapeutic tool for younger Full Circle clients and will compliment the counseling work already taking place. Find our more about Full Circle's resources, including individual and group counseling for grieving children here.

Ms Amelia Jones, our Tuskegee Airman

 

Our patient Ms Amelia Jones who will be given the red jacket and inducted into the ranks of Tuskegee Airmen on Saturday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air ForceThis is a very exciting achievement for our Hospice Savannah's We Honor Veterans  program and we are grateful to the many military personnel who have helped make this happen!

 

The Tuskegee Airmen, formally known as the 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Corps, were formed in 1941 and were the first African-American pilots to fly in the United States military. The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, cooks and other support personnel for the pilots.

 

Ms Jones is pictured departing on her Honor Flight Savannah trip last month. Both she and her Hospice Savannah volunteer Priscilla (right)  visited the World War II monuments in Washington DC.

 

Sharing a Common Reality: We're all going to Die

Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act's proposal for Medicare to reimburse doctors for counseling patients about living wills and advance directives became a rallying cry for its opponents who warned about so-called "death-panels." The reimbursement provision was removed before the act was passed. 

Now, the Institute of Medicine has published a 500-page report, "Dying in America," which grapples with the fact that most Americans have not documented their wishes for end-of-life health care, and makes practical suggestions on how to normalize these discussions and let them occur early - in fact even as early as 16 - the year at which many of us receive a driver's license and ponder whether or not to become an organ donor. Read the panel's key findings and recommendations available in this downloadable 6-page PDF

We are pleased this important conversation is starting up again. That this prestigious organization, IOM, recognizes its importance...That our work in improving access to physicians and nurse practitioners proficient in palliative care in our community is recommended and supported....And that, finally, reluctance amongst healthcare providers to have direct and honest conversations about end-of-life issues needs to be addressed.

Call our Community Outreach department at 912. 629.1045 to schedule a workshop for your religious or civic group on making your Advance Directives and end of life wishes known.  Also, if you would like to chat with our CEO about this recent publication, reach her here.
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