All Care to host annual Summer Service of Remembrance

On July 13th, at 6:00 pm, All Care Hospice will host its annual Summer Service of Remembrance. Together with hospice families and community members, All Care staff will honor and celebrate the lives of those lost over the past twelve months and in years prior. The event, being held at the All Care building located at 210 Market Street in Lynn, will provide fellowship through inspirational readings and musical offerings for those wishing to acknowledge their grief, who are seeking hope or solace in their mourning, as well as for those who wish to recognize their loss and honor a loved one. The nondenominational service will be open to the public, free of charge, and all attendees will be invited to participate in a communal commemorative art piece.  While this event is at no cost, registration is required and important information regarding participation in the art project will be provided upon registration.  After the conclusion of the program, a reception will be held where guests will have the opportunity to connect with their hospice care team as well as other who are experiencing or who have experienced similar loss. As each sunflower is unique and individual, so is each relationship with a departed loved one; All Care Hospice wishes to celebrate these special relationships with hospice families and community friends while honoring the lives that were lost and the love that remains. For more information and to register for this event, please contact bereavement coordinator directly. Liz Mearkle-Cumming at 781-244-1198 or via email at ecumming@allcare.org. For more information about All Care’s bereavement program and grief and loss support services,...

Art Therapy and Hospice Care

The needs of hospice patients are as varied as their individuality, but a common struggle is the impacts on self-identity. “People who suffer from life threatening and chronic illnesses often describe the impact of their diagnosis, treatment, and illness as having disrupted their sense of self-identity” (Carr, 2014). My primary role as an art therapy intern to All Care Hospice patients is to provide comfort, companionship, reflection, and assist in connection with others through the creative process. However, it is also my personal goal to facilitate the aspect of exploring self-identity. Art therapy provides a means of communication that may otherwise be difficult to put in words. Patients find a great deal of therapeutic value in the process of creation as it enables self-confidence and control. Ways in which Art therapy can impact this may include legacy projects, which is when the creative process is used to make a personal celebration that can be gifted to others, or life review. Life review is a recalling significant memories and/or unresolved past conflicts for reflection, validation, celebration, support and connection. Life review with art therapy is where the art is used to create a timeline of the important events in their life or to explore a certain time period more deeply. Recently, one of my patients used collage materials and acrylic paints applied to canvas to depict their rich personal history of multiple careers and passions. The process evoked treasured memories and the completed project will be a gift he will bestow to his family. As in any situation, the interests and desires of each hospice patient vary from week to...

All Care VNA & Hospice Hosts Annual Meeting, Honors Employees

All Care VNA & Hospice has been dedicated to providing the highest quality homecare to individuals in the North Shore, Merrimack Valley, and Greater Boston regions for over 100 years; on Wednesday, May 3rd, at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield, All Care board members and staff gathered together for its Annual Meeting.  Awards were presented to three employees: The Josephine E. Hanson Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement was presented to patient accounts representative Sharyn Encarnacao of Saugus, the Dorothy L. Lane Award for Excellence in Outstanding Patient Care was presented to VNA physical therapist’s assistance Peggy Stacey of Bradford, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Para-Professional Achievement was presented to home health aide Lavone Young of Revere.  A number of employees celebrated milestone anniversaries with All Care and received service awards with 26 employees marking 5 years, 13 employees marking 10 years, 12 employees marking 15 years, 5 employees marking 20 years, and 7 employees celebrating 25 years of employment, Donna Field, PTA celebrating 30 years, and Diane Suslak, LPN celebrating 35 with All Care as visiting nurse. The dedication and longevity of the All Care staff helps to consistently fulfill the All Care mission of providing cost-effective, quality homecare to all individuals in need, regardless of their ability to pay. All Care’s devoted staff help to ensure a seamless continuum of compassionate care to all patients and families served in over 50 communities throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley, and Greater Boston. For over 100 years, All Care has been delivering the highest quality, cost-effective home health care to our patients in the 50 communities we serve throughout...

Volunteering at All Care: My Point of View – Rita Barry

I developed a real friendship with my first client which I will always treasure.  I didn’t change her life or prognosis but she did have something to look forward to that she didn’t have before our time together.  This was the most fulfilling part of my week.  We would catch up on celebrity gossip, politics and her neighbors.  She would talk about the things and places she loved. She was living every moment past and present.  I think both of us enjoyed the visits.  I’d guess I enjoyed them more than she realized.  She helped me grow, be more patient and grateful.  She was a wise and realistic woman. Hospice is about a sick person being able to be a person instead of being their illness.  The best advice I received was to leave my ego and expectations at the door, to meet the client where they are at and not where I think they should be. I knew I wanted to volunteer but not sure if hospice was what I was suited for.  After meeting my wonderful understanding coordinator and going through the training, I still wasn’t sure if it was for me.  I was scared and didn’t feel like I had anything to give but, after my initial encounter, I knew it was where I...

Volunteering at All Care: My Point of View – Phyllis Kinson

After almost 20 years in elder services, I found myself out of work due to a merger.  It was rather unexpected so it took me a while to figure out what direction I was going to move in going forward. As I pondered over all of my options I needed something to keep me busy and involved in my down time.  I saw that All Care was looking for someone to help in the office. This seemed like a good way to move away from direct service yet still help out a very worthwhile cause. I had an idea of what to expect from volunteering at All Care but I was still touched by the level of dedication and devotion that I witnessed within the Interdisciplinary teams.  The nurses, social workers, doctors, chaplains and other disciplines show a high level of respect for their patients, patients family and friends as well as one another. I am so pleased that I am able to offer some assistance to those who go above and beyond to assist people during a difficult time in their...