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Spring 2017 – In This Issue: Aromatherapy Nurses Week Volunteer Appreciation


April 23 - 29 is a special time in the U.S. that honors some of the most dedicated, selfless members or our community. It’s National Volunteer Week. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of people who share their time and talents in communities across the country.

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?

Most deserving of our recognition are hospice volunteers. These dedicated individuals make sure that the patients and families they support find hope within each day, have their dignity preserved, and are surrounded by love, even at the final moments of life.

Would you like to be a RAH volunteer?

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Last year, an estimated 430,000 hospice volunteers gave more than 19 million hours of service, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Bummer. We’re betting there may be something you might be interested in. Want to learn more?

Right here in our community, 158 volunteers provided more than 3000 hours in patient care, front desk/office and special events during 2016. Hospice volunteers spend time at the bedside, help out family caregivers, participate with outreach efforts, assist in the office, provide fund-raising support, and much more. They give of themselves to make life better for others. Already in 2017, our volunteers have embarked on an exciting new opportunity of bringing music to the bedside through the Music & Memory program. Volunteers organize digital music, prepare ipods, and bring the gift of music to patients when they need it most.

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GROOVY! Do you like to listen to music?

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Consider giving RAH a quick call to learn about opportunities 463-1848.

AWESOME! Call 463-1848 for more info!

Do you have time for a quick phone call?

OK. No problem, would you like to receive a mailing or email?

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Hmm. What about talking on the phone?

SWEET! Our volunteer coordinator will call you. Are you excited?

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YES Call 463-1848.

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Even when a person is dying, there can be a lot of living to do and hospice makes it possible by bringing care, compassion, and hope to patients and families facing lifelimiting illness. More than 1.6 million Americans receive the care of hospice every year. If you’re interested in making a difference in our community by volunteering for hospice, please contact Christine Hopkins, Volunteer Coordinator: christine. hopkins@rahospice.org or 540-463-1848. There are always opportunities! We are in need of help at our front desk answering the phone and greeting guests, patient care volunteers and veteran-to-veteran volunteers.

CONCLUSION ONE The conclusions are the same! Give RAH a chance; the gift of your time and talent is worth the incredible reward you’ll feel in giving back to your community in such a meaningful way. Whether you have one hour a month or ten, no matter what things you enjoy, we have a place for you! Call 463-1848 or visit us online to learn more!

CONCLUSION TWO The conclusions are the same! Give RAH a chance; the gift of your time and talent is worth the incredible reward you’ll feel in giving back to your community in such a meaningful way. Whether you have one hour a month or ten, no matter what things you enjoy, we have a place for you! Call 463-1848 or visit us online to learn more!


Music Therapy

Introducing MUSIC & MEMORY at Rockbridge Area Hospice ®

As a MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified Care Organization, we are proud to offer the powerful benefits of personalized music as part of our continuing effort to provide the highest quality care.

WHAT IS MUSIC & MEMORYSM? Grounded in extensive research, Music & Memory helps people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges to find renewed joy in life through musical favorites. Our team is trained to develop personalized playlists, delivered through iPods.

HOW DOES PERSONALIZED MUSIC MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

• Beloved music helps to reduce depression and anxiety and can also moderate pain. • Musical favorites tap deep memories and can improve quality of life. • Personalized music can help to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic, anti-depressant and pain medications.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Any patient in RAH’s Connections or traditional hospice program can benefit from the power of listening to musical favorites. • Patient’s with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia • Bed-bound patients • Patient’s with chronic pain

You can help! Please support our MUSIC & MEMORY program and give new life to someone you love. We are still accepting gently used iPod shuffles, music CDs and iTunes gift cards. “Despite the enormous sums of money spent on mood- and behavior-altering medications that are often not particularly effective, nothing compares to these iPods when it comes to improving quality of life.”

—Tony Lewis, President and CEO, Cobble Hill Health Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.


There’s no doubt that smell has a powerful effect on the brain. The smell of cinnamon can conjure happy memories of your grandmother’s kitchen; a whiff of perfume brings your mother back to life. Stimulating the sense of smell can also cause immediate physiological changes in blood pressure, muscle tension, blood flow to the skin and more. In studies done by the National Cancer Institute, aromatherapy for therapeutic use by critically ill patients helped improve their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Aromatherapy involves using essential oils to impact the brain’s limbic system and its pathways to the emotions. When inhaled, these essential oils have been shown to have anti-

inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic effects.

with a sense of peace and positive well-being.

In a hospice setting, aromatherapy can: • Help control pain and nausea • Reduce stress, anxiety and agitation • Create an atmosphere of calm, comfort and peace

Decreasing the stress and agitation in patients can help them be calmer and happier. When the patient is in a calmer, more peaceful state of mind, both the hospice staff and the patient’s family members benefit.

Essential oils can be blended into lotions and creams and used to massage the body, hands and feet. They can be added to bed baths, placed in a diffuser, or applied to a cotton ball for inhalation by the patient.

​ hen is it best to use Aromatherapy W and essential oils? Aromatherapy and essential oils can be used from the beginning of a hospice admission.

Palliative massage can impact the autonomic nervous system. For hospice patients, it can reduce and replace feelings of fear and anxiety

This type of therapy can be used as a comfort care measure, an environmental measure as well as a wound care alternative.


Hospice Golf Tournament Still a Success Despite Rain

Severe weather certainly threatened to derail the 13th Annual Rockbridge Area Hospice Golf Classic. The Rockbridge County area experienced severe weather the night before the tournament was to be held on May 5 which created flooding in and on the golf course. Throughout the morning, Lexington Golf and Country Club officials surveyed the course and ultimately determined that it was unsafe and the course was not accessible to play. Rockbridge Area Hospice welcomed golfers to a Cinco de Mayo-themed lunch where they recognized major sponsors and raffled off the golf prizes to those in attendance. All players were given a voucher to play at another time. RAH would like to extend its appreciation to the Lexington Golf and Country Club for its assistance in planning the event and delivering a wonderful lunch to those that attended. Additional thanks and appreciation are given to major sponsors Cornerstone Bank, White’s Travel Center, Bank of Botetourt, Spencer Home Center, Shenandoah Dental Studio, Bistro on Main, J.F. Brown Real Estate, Kendal at Lexington, Banker’s Insurance, Carilion Clinic and Welsh Construction. A complete list of sponsors is available online, rockbridgeareahospice.org. RAH would also like to thank Chairman Nick Charles and the golf committee members, Kathy Lamb, Harvey Galloway, Matt Hayden, Ross Schmoll, Katelyn Lunsford, Tasha Walsh and Michelle Jones for their assistance in planning the event.

Rockbridge Area Hospice staff and volunteers prepare to welcome golfers at the 13th Annual Golf Tournament. Left to right: Katelyn Lunsford, Kathy Lamb, Donna Conner and Ross Schmoll.

Chairman Nick Charles welcomes golfers and sponsors to the 13th Annual RAH Golf Classic.

Mark your calendar for the 14th Annual RAH Golf Classic: Friday, May 4th at the Lexington Golf and Country Club.


Save the Date • Saturday, September 16 • hospicehustle.org 5k Run/Walk

20k Road Race

Be part of history in the making! Celebrate 20 years of the annual Hospice Hustle. Grab your friends, neighbors and coworkers to help Rockbridge Area Hospice make this the biggest Hustle event to date. The 5k run/walk will start at 10:30am. Preregistration for adults is $15 (children 12 and under are free) and includes an event t-shirt, BBQ lunch (compliments of Kendal at Lexington) and concert access.

We can’t have a 20th year celebration without giving you something to celebrate! To commemorate our anniversary, we’ve added a 20k road race through the streets of Buena Vista. The road race will begin at 10am. Preregistration is $30 and includes an event t-shirt, BBQ lunch (compliments of Kendal at Lexington) and concert access.

Anniversary Concert Trade those running shoes for your toe-tapping dancing shoes. The 20th Anniversary Hospice Hustle celebration will close with an evening community concert event featuring The Hackens Boys. The concert, open to the public runs from 6 to 9pm. Tickets for this event are $5, children 12 and under are free. Race participants get one complimentary ticket and can purchase additional tickets as needed.


Welcome and welcome back to the RAH team!

Grace Hua

Ali Engleman

Finance Specialist

After Hours Primary Nurse

Sue Clark

Morgan Swisher

Nurse Case Manager

Intake and Medical Records

Lisa Howard

Susie Ladd

Admissions Manager, RN

After Hours Primary Nurse

Congratulations on a great job!

Rockbridge Area Hospice is pleased to announce that two of our full time RN Case Managers have successfully completed and passed their Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN®) examination. Certification is highly valued and provides formal recognition of having achieved a top standard of knowledge in the specialty of hospice and palliative care. “Providing hospice and palliative care is a special kind of care delivery. Serving as a nurse at Rockbridge Area Hospice takes a special skill set which our entire team is committed to learning and applying in the care we provide our patients and families. We are proud of Lisa and Susie for taking this step which reflects their level of expertise,” noted Tasha Walsh, Executive Director. Susie Ladd joined RAH in 2015. She has worked in the field of nursing for 25 years at Augusta Health Hospital, UVA Hospital and Rockbridge Area Hospice. Lisa Howard also joined the team in 2015 and has been a nurse for seven years while working at Augusta Health, Southern Care, and Augusta Correctional Center. Rockbridge Area Hospice is pleased to annouce that Kathy Conner has also received her recertification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Aide.

Kathy Conner Cathy Floyd

Carrie Claytor

Billing Assistant

Nurse Case Manager

Hospice Aide, QAPI Specialist

Kathy joined RAH in 2008 and in 2017 began a dual roll as Hospice Aide and QAPI Specialist. She helps with improvement projects and compliance.


Dr. Bill Sayre

Dr. Sandy Harcus

Dr. Ralph Caldroney

Elizabeth Kosmos

Liz Norman

Medical Director

Volunteer Physician

Volunteer Physician

Volunteer Nurse Practitioner

Social Worker

Recognized for National Doctors Day (March 30)

Recognized for National Social Workers Month (March)

Christina Brizendine

Kam Flynn

Pam Jennings

Hope Wilmore

Kathy Conner

Social Worker

MSW, Patient & Family Care

Hospice Aide

Hospice Aide

Hospice Aide, QAPI Specialist

Recognized for National Social Workers Month (March)

Recognized for National Nursing Assistant Week (June 9th - 16th)

Christine Hopkins

Terry Volant

Teresa Sorrells

Sue Clark

Lisa Howard

Hospice Aide, Vol. Coordinator

Clinical Director

Nurse Case Manager

Nurse Case Manager

Admissions Manager, RN

Susie Ladd

Ali Engleman

Sherri Hartless

After Hours Primary Nurse

After Hours Primary Nurse

Nurse Case Manager

Recognized for National Nursing Assistant Week (June 9th - 16th)

Recognized for National Nurses Day (May 6th)


315 Myers Street Lexington,VA 24450 540.463.1848 (P) 540.463.3175 (F) www.rockbridgeareahospice.org

Grief to Growth Group

FOLLOW THEIR PATH.

Feeling Stuck? Navigating through grief and loss is often an upstream

endeavor, with feelings of being “stuck in one place.” Coming alongside others who are in the same or similar stream can make the “wading through” easier, and much more meaningful. This group is open to the public; the death of a friend or family member does not have to be associated with a hospice patient. Wednesday afternoons for 8 weeks, beginning June 7, RAH Office, 315 Myers Street, Lexington.

For more information or to register contact: Kam Flynn, 540-463-1848.

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