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Hospice of the Foothills launches a Speakers Bureau


By: Hospice of the Foothills

Grass Valley, CA February 1, 2013 – Hospice of the Foothills is used to having a team of trained professionals responding to the needs of those in our community with life limiting illnesses. Now they have a special team that has been trained to provide education and disseminate information about the programs and services of Hospice of the Foothills.

Susan Juels, Director of Clinical Services for Hospice of the Foothills sees firsthand how, "People don't want to talk about life limiting illness. However, it's something that we each can choose to do and our newly formed Speakers Bureau is available to help our community begin powerful conversations about their wishes regarding end of life care. And having those conversations before supportive care is needed results in an experience where the family can focus on the quality of the end of life journey rather than attending to the details, logistics, and the many decisions during this time. Advanced care planning is such a gift to those you love".

Serving over 500 families annually in Nevada and the surrounding counties

Hospice of the Foothills serves over 500 families annually, and yet there are still many people who could benefit from our programs and services that aren't aware there is a locally based hospice right here in Nevada County. The goal of the Speakers Bureau is to offer community outreach programs to help educate individuals and groups on various topics regarding end-of-life care considerations, caregiver resources, advanced healthcare planning, and coping with grief and loss.

Activities include speaking engagements, educational workshops, information booths at health or community fairs, and other community events. Vanessa Bengston, Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills adds, "By educating the public about the rich diversity of our programs and services, it is our hope that everyone who can benefit from our compassionate supportive care will know about their choices and have the ability to ask for our services, sooner rather than later".

How do I invite Hospice of the Foothills to address my group, business or community organization?

The Hospice of the Foothills Speakers Bureau is a professionally trained team of speakers who know how to deliver a meaningful message. Members of our Speakers Bureau are available to present at local organizations and businesses and all presentations are tailored to the special interests or needs of the audience. Here are some topics to consider when thinking about what might interest your group:

Understanding Hospice

- What is Hospice? The 10 Hospice Myths
- Pain and Symptom Management at the End of Life
- Knowing When It's Time for Hospice Care
- Promoting Quality of Life at Every Stage of Life: Information about resources for chronic or seriously ill patients
- Advanced Care Planning: your choice

Support for Families and Friends

- Caring for the Entire Family
- How to Talk To/Support Dying Patients and Their Families
- Caring for the Caregiver
- Spirituality in End-of-Life Care
- How to Discuss End-of-Life Issues with Your Family
- Understanding Advance Directives (Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney)
- Community Resources for Patients and Their Families

Grief and Loss

- Understanding Grief before and after loss
- How to Help Someone Who is Grieving
- Coping with Sudden Loss
- Life After Loss
- Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Presentations from Hospice of the Foothills are appropriate for any group, including:

- Civic and service groups
- Church groups
- Business's
- School groups – high school and college
- Medical professionals
- Counseling professionals
- Social service agencies

For more information, or to have a Hospice of the Foothills representative address your group, please contact Hospice of the Foothills at 530-272-5739 or visit our website for more information at www.hofo.org.

For over 32 years, Hospice of the Foothills has been the premiere provider of compassionate end of life care for our community and as a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) public benefit organization, all donations are directed toward HOF's mission-related programs and services. Become a Hospice of the Foothills (HOF) volunteer or donor and enjoy the many benefits associated with giving back to the community.


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