Every day we are getting closer to the shovel going into the ground, closer to having a residential hospice in Clarington, in Newcastle. For those who may not think this is important, you never know if or when you will need one.
Hospice holds a special place in my heart. In 2005 I worked for Durham Hospice, shortly after it was rebranded to Hospice Durham when it amalgamated with North Durham Hospice. At that time hospice was a volunteer home visiting program providing care and support. Programs offered through hospice helped people remain in control and die at home. The goal of hospice then and today, is to improve a person’s quality of life during their last months. Hospice focuses on comfort care, control of pain, and symptom management.
It was amazing to be a part of this organization. My title was Promotion and Awareness Coordinator.