Hospice of the Valley was a Godsend for my mother, Helen Vento, at a time when she really needed a helping and caring hand. I called hospice when I realized Mom's health was rapidly declining and that she would no longer be able to take care of her basic needs.
Family Caregiver Support
Caregivers, we honor you and we’re here to help. At Hospice of the Valley, you and your loved one are the central members of our care team. We are here to support your goals, carry out your wishes and lend a hand. Here’s how the social worker, chaplain and volunteer team members support family caregivers:
- Facilitates discussion and completion of living wills and medical power of attorney forms.
- Assists with health insurance issues.
- Provides resources to support care for the patient at home; helps if transition is needed to another living environment.
- Connects families to community resources, such as food box deliveries.
- Arranges respite care for patient to give family caregiver occasional breaks.
- Makes referrals to other hospice programs, such as 11th Hour Companion and the New Song Center for Grieving Children.
While honoring each individual’s belief system, the chaplain offers reassurance and listens to the caregiver’s fears and worries – natural feelings during one of life’s most difficult passages.
Hospice of the Valley trains community volunteers to support our patients and their caregivers. Volunteers may run errands, giving busy caregivers one less thing to do. And they spend time with patients – talking, listening and offering emotional support – giving family caregivers time to attend to their own needs.
My mom, Leclerc Stevens, passed away this past April, just days after her 96th birthday. She was fortunate enough to be under the care of nurse Linda Palumbo from Hospice of the Valley.