Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony 2017

Six Things Seniors Can Do To Improve Memory

April 10, 2017

“What was it I was looking for in the fridge?” “What was it I was supposed to get at the store?” “What’s your name again?” Most of us have had to ask questions like this, and it seems to happen more often as we get older. We can’t turn back our biological clock, but there are things Seniors can do to reduce their amount of forgetting.

I have been studying memory research literature for quite a few years now, and I know some of this research is relevant to everyday memory problems. I have summarized these findings in my book, Thank You Brain for All You Remember, and keep readers up to date with my blog (see thankyoubrain.com).

Here are some things I’ve found to be helpful for us Seniors.

The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

April 3, 2017

In many advice columns and informational resources for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, you’re likely to find recommendations that suggest unplugging the stove. There’s solid reasoning behind this advice: Some people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease may begin to cook but lose track of what they’re doing partway through the process. When the stove is forgotten, the results can be disastrous.

So while there’s a valid safety reason behind preventing loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease from inadvertently putting themselves in harm’s way by cooking alone, there are an abundance of valid reasons why cooking can be a beneficial activity for people who have Alzheimer’s disease – all the better when it means spending quality time with someone they care about.

Community Hospice Awarded BETA Healthcare Group Participant of the Year

March 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Awarded BETA Healthcare Group Participant of the Year

MODESTO, CA (March 28, 2017) – Community Hospice, the community’s oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley, was awarded Participant of the Year by BETA Healthcare Group-Worker’s Compensation on February 23, 2017 at the Annual Participants’ Meeting held in Newport Beach, CA. BETA Healthcare Group formerly known as Alpha Fund, is the largest professional liability insurer of hospitals in California. Additionally, BETA provides workers’ compensation coverage for over 40,000 healthcare workers in the state.

Community Hospice takes pride in the Culture of Safety it has developed over the past years. Recognizing that culture isn’t built overnight, Community Hospice acknowledged that lacking this Culture of Safety would negatively impact its ability to deliver on the company mission of providing compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay. “Our staff is our most important asset in delivering our mission,” mentions Community Hospice’s Director of Human Resources, Jennifer Dunn. “If we were unable to provide a safe atmosphere for our staff to work in, we could not provide the education, support, training and patient care to our patients and families.”

With the leadership of President/CEO, C. DeSha McLeod and her team, Community Hospice has put into place measures to ensure employee and patient safety remain at the forefront of employees’ minds. “We take safety very seriously and upon ourselves and hold each other accountable to see safety risks and make corrections on our own to avoid potential problems” explained C. DeSha McLeod. From day one of employment, Community Hospice demonstrates to staff their commitment to this culture through extensive training, education and supportive programs all focused on health and safety. But the message doesn’t stop there; safety is woven into the fabric of their operations. Whether it be a vibrant and effective safety committee with members from every level of the organization, quarterly safety inspections of each facility, monthly safety presentations at all-employee meetings, or putting all employees through an extensive defensive driver training program, Community Hospice continually reminds employees of the importance of safety and how it fits into their daily tasks.

Community Hospice, Inc. serves as an outstanding example of what Commitment, Accountability, Responsibility and Engagement in a Culture of Safety can achieve. BETA Healthcare Group is proud to present this well-deserved award to Community Hospice, Inc.

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, please call (209) 578-6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

About BETA Healthcare Group
BETA Healthcare Group is the largest professional liability insurer of hospitals in California, providing coverage to more than 200 hospitals and healthcare facilities. In addition, BETA provides workers’ compensation coverage for over 40,000 healthcare workers in the state. BETA also has a long-established and growing commitment to physicians with BETA providing medical professional liability coverage to nearly 6,000 physicians and more than 50 medical groups. Beyond primary liability and workers’ compensation coverage, BETA provides an entire suite of alternative risk and insurance services, including excess liability coverage, excess workers’ compensation coverage, third-party claims administration services, risk management consulting services and claims management consulting services. Whether with hospitals, medical groups, clinics or hospices, BETA has earned a reputation for financial strength, rate stability, quality service and breadth of coverage that is unparalleled in the industry. For more information, please visit www.betahg.com.
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Promoting Mental Health at Home: How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room

March 27, 2017

There are all kinds of benefits to meditation, both physical and psychological. From reduced chronic pain to better cognitive function, meditating every day or even a few times a week is a wonderful way to boost your overall well-being and happiness. Creating the ideal space for your quiet reflection isn’t difficult, but there are specific elements you’ll want to include and others you’ll want to avoid. Let this be your guide to designing the perfect meditation room in your own home, and reap the most benefits from your meditation time.

Manteca Bulletin’s Readers Choice Award

March 20, 2017

The Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Store in Manteca has been awarded First Place by the Manteca Bulletin for being the best Bargain/Discount Store in the area!

Our Manteca location was also the runner up in the Accessories/Women category!

Thank you for all of those who voted!

Mourning A Parent or Spouse’s Death

March 20, 2017

When a close loved one dies, your world changes. You are in mourning—feeling grief and sorrow at the loss. You may feel numb, shocked, and fearful. You may feel guilty for being the one who is still alive. If your parent or spouse died in a nursing home, you may wish that you had been able to care for him or her at home. At some point, you may even feel angry at them for leaving you. All these feelings are normal. There are no rules about how you should feel. There is no right or wrong way to mourn.


Community Hospice – March Super Star

March 17, 2017

Our Community Hospice Super Star for the month of March is Mike Perez! Mike went above and beyond to support our mission and ensure high quality care for our patients.

Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors

March 14, 2017

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive biological brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, or take care of themselves. In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behavior. This Fact Sheet provides some practical strategies for dealing with the troubling behavior problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with dementia.