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Community Hospice Receives Partner Level Four from We Honor Veterans

September 16, 2020

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

Community Hospice Receives Partner Level Four from We Honor Veterans 

MODESTO, CA (September 15, 2020) – Community Hospice is proud to announce they have been named a We Honor Veterans Level Four Program Provider. This distinguished honor certifies Community Hospice recognizes the unique needs of America’s Veterans, their families and community providers.

As veterans often carry traumatic experiences from their time in service, many present an array of challenges as they face their end-of-life journey. Community Hospice is dedicated to providing resources and guiding Veterans through their life stories, providing individualized care to ensure a more peaceful ending.  They also work to recruit veteran volunteers to come alongside their veteran patients as these volunteers have the unique ability to relate more closely with their shared experiences in the military. If you or a veteran you know would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Community Hospice you can reach out to Director of Bereavement Services, Lupe Perez who can be reached at 209.578.6300.

“Community Hospice is committed to improving quality of life and end-of-life care for our local Veterans,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO. “Our team of experienced professionals have been specially educated and trained to assist Veterans and their families. It is an honor to walk alongside our brave heroes providing support and resources. We feel privileged to partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Veterans Administration.”

We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration. The program is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying Veterans. The program teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement – to comfort patients with a history of military service and possibly physical or psychological trauma. For more information about the We Honor Veterans program, visit wehonorveterans.org.     

About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice’s mission is to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the sixteen-bed 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.
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Community Hospice Observes Global Event

September 1, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contacts: Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

International Overdose Awareness Day 2020

Modesto, CA (August 31, 2020) – International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year. The recognition of this day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

International Overdose Awareness Day works to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. According to the National Safety Council, in 2017 there were more than 72,000 preventable drug overdoses in the United States with more than 47,000 involving opioids.

Families often worry that their loved one will be remembered for their addiction or their overdose rather than being remembered for the thousands of other amazing things about their loved ones. It is important for survivors to explore ways to honor and memorialize their lost loved ones to normalize their grief. Options may include:

  • Hold a candlelight vigil
  • Encourage your workplace to participate in International Overdose Awareness Day observance activities
  • Provide a safe space for telling the stories of overdose victims
  • Offer an educational program, such as one related to preventing opioid use, in partnership with a local organization
  • Offer a large canvas and washable paint so survivors can add a handprint in memory of their loved one
  • Display empty hats or shoes to represent the number of lives lost in the community
  • Research state and federal legislation that addresses opioid overdose prevention, and write to your representative
  • Purchase or create purple wristbands, pins, shirts, etc. and wear them on August 31st

Find additional resources at overdoseday.com

In Stanislaus County there are many resources to assist those suffering from Substance Use Disorders through Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. One may also contact their physician to learn about local programs and resources.

If you are a survivor of an opioid overdose related death, there is help for you. Community Hospice has been providing grief support to community members for decades and now has a special program, Mourning Opioid Overdose Deaths (MOOD). This program supports family and friends of loved ones who have lost their lives due to an opioid related overdose. Providers are specially trained to provide respectful education and support for complicated grief. For more information about MOOD, visit heal.hospiceheart.org or call 209.578.6300.

Together we can promote and support a healthier, stronger community.

About Community Hospice

Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice’s mission is to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the sixteen-bed 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.

Community Hospice Feeds Our Hospital Heroes

August 6, 2020

 

For Immediate Release

Contacts: Kristin Mostowski | Director of Public Relations, Community Hospice | Kristin.Mostowski@hospiceheart.org | 209.578.6301

Community Hospice Feeds Our Hospital Heroes on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

MODESTO, CA (August 5, 2020) – On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, Community Hospice partnered with locally-owned restaurant Greens to feed the Intensive Care Unit staff members at seven area hospitals in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Several members of the Community Hospice team delivered healthy boxed lunches to area hospitals dedicated frontline workers who continue to support local community members during the public health crisis.

“Words cannot describe our gratitude for all of the dedicated healthcare workers who continue to work on the frontlines during this public health crisis,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President/CEO. “It is a privilege to be able to recognize and provide a meal to those who continue to make daily sacrifices to support those severely ill with COVID-19. We believe as a community we will get through this challenging time and want our hospital heroes to know we stand behind them.”

Community Hospice is grateful to Greens owner Ann Endsley and all those that helped make this opportunity possible.

For additional information, call 209.578.6301.

 About Community Hospice

Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice’s mission is to embrace individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and at the sixteen-bed 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.

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