Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland Central is finding unique ways to stay connected to patients during this time. Amber Price, Music Therapist with Heartland Hospice, shared her experience of connecting through music following the restrictions to visit with her patients.Show More
Words Of Appreciation
Our agency frequently receives recognition for the care we have provided to a patient or someone’s loved one. Many tell us they don't have the words to describe their appreciation and simply say "Thanks." Below are comments and letters from patients and family members sharing their gratitude.
Heartland Hospice Music Therapist Continues to Connect with Patients During Difficult Times
Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland Central is finding unique ways to stay connected to patients during this time. Amber Price, Music Therapist with Heartland Hospice, shared her experience of connecting through music following the restrictions to visit with her patients.
“As a music therapist, the thing I love most about my job is the connection I am able to make with my patients and their families through music. Music evokes memories, calms the spirit and assists in symptom management amongst so many other possibilities.”
“Since the novel coronavirus restrictions have greatly limited my ability to see patients, I wanted to do everything I could to still keep that connection alive. Before we were able to do virtual visits, I reached out to the facilities that I frequented and asked if they would be interested in YouTube videos for their residents to follow along to with lyric sheets. I got positive feedback from these facilities and created short YouTube videos with different genres of music in each and sent them to the facilities that I had reached out to. As the weather here in Chicago has become somewhat more tolerable, I have again reached out to those same facilities to see if I would be able to play music in the courtyards with the windows open, so my patients and the other residents are still able to have that connection to music. This is an option we are currently exploring.”
“It has been a game changer once virtual visits became available. During my first virtual visit, I thought I was going to cry as I was so overcome with emotion seeing my patient recognize me and my voice despite having dementia. Knowing that the power of music can fight through these bleak times has given me and the families of my patients hope that there still is a lot to look forward to. I am greatly appreciative of the nurses that have taken the time to utilize this option with me when I know they are busy keeping themselves and the patients safe during their visits. This is the new norm for now and I will appreciate every second I am able to continue to provide even just a smile to these beautiful patients and families.”
Arden Courts and Heartland Hospice reassured the patient and his wife that he would be safely transported home. They were both happy when he made it home safely to be together again for his last wish.Show More
Heartland Hospice and Arden Courts Grant Patient's Wish to Be Home
Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn had a patient who was nearing end-of-life. Heartland Hospice serving Chicagoland Central was brought in to help support the patient. The patient’s wife promised her husband he would be able to pass at home and began to worry that she waited too long to bring him home. Arden Courts and Heartland Hospice set-up transportation with the local ambulance company and reassured his wife that he would be safely transported home. They also worked with the patient’s local hospice agency in Indiana to make sure his transfer went smoothly once he was home. They were both happy when he made it home safely to be together again for his last wish.
This Veteran’s Day, Heartland Hospice and Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn co-hosted a “We Honor Veterans” recognition ceremony for all of the veteran residents.Show More
Veteran Recognition Ceremony Held by Heartland Hospice and Arden Courts
This Veteran’s Day, Heartland Hospice and Arden Courts of Glen Ellyn co-hosted a “We Honor Veterans” recognition ceremony for all of the veteran residents. Heartland Hospice Account Liaison, Erin Blair, and Arden Court’s Executive Director, Laura Baisley, joined their teams together to recognize and thank all of the veterans for their service. Veterans at the ceremony represented a range of military troops, including the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard, as well as a wide-range of time periods, including World War II, The Battle of the Bulge, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Iraq/Afghanistan.
The ceremony started with Laura leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and Heartland Hospice’s Music Therapist, Amber, performing several patriotic songs. Throughout the ceremony, each veteran was presented with a Certificate of Recognition and a Remembrance pin. The Arden Courts and Heartland Hospice teams were honored to be able to present the awards and recognize the bravery and selflessness of the veterans who risked their lives to save our country.
Dorothy Lemke Rothwell, at 90, doesn't remember as much about her time in the Army as she used to. "That was a long time ago," she said. But she remembers enough to tear up when beginning to talk about that time in her life.Show More
Veterans Honored by Heartland Hospice and Arden Courts of Geneva
Dorothy Lemke Rothwell, at 90, doesn't remember as much about her time in the Army as she used to. "That was a long time ago," she said. But she remembers enough to tear up. "You never knew when you were going to get shot at," she said of her time as a nurse with evacuation hospitals in Europe during World War II.
Dorothy was one of the veterans honored at a ceremony at Arden Courts of Geneva, where she lives. The facility specializes in caring for people with memory loss. Nineteen veterans live there, including one who was in the Australian armed forces.
Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland Central bestowed pins and certificates, with the help of Representative Randy Hultgren and Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns.
Dorothy grew up in Aurora, Illinois and graduated from nursing school at Copley Hospital, then she joined the Army.
When she was asked what her mother thought of that, she laughed. "Had Mom disapproved, I would not have listened to her anyway."
When Mayor Burns thanked her for her service, she quipped, "Don't thank me. I got myself a nice husband." She met him while both were stationed overseas.
Michael Loughman received two pins, the second being from the federal government. It was issued in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the United States' entry into the Vietnam War.
The ceremony included singing the songs of the five branches of the United States' military.
Navy veterans Norman Bodda and Stanley Brenton enthusiastically sang along when the music therapist started "Anchors Aweigh." And Air Force veteran Loughman stood and saluted when "The U.S. Air Force Song" ("Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder") started.
"We'll never forget what you've done for us," Representative Hultgren told the veterans.
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When Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland Central discovered that 25% of dying Americans are veterans, they promptly engaged in a journey of understanding military culture and educating our entire staff in best practices when administering medical, emotional and spiritual care.Show More
Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland Central Recognizes Veterans
Heartland Hospice seeks to meet the needs within the full spectrum of unique individuals and cultures. When Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland Central discovered that 25% of dying Americans are veterans, they promptly engaged in a journey of understanding military culture and educating our entire staff in best practices when administering medical, emotional and spiritual care.
Volunteer Coordinator, Annette, explains, “One of our core practices is to recognize each and every one of our veterans with a ‘Welcome Home’ and a respectful ‘Thank You for your service.’ If there is patient residing in a long-term care facility, our staff organizes bedside veteran honoring services that include family and facility staff members. Heartland Hospice has a recognition pin and provides a veteran certificate that is ceremoniously presented to each veteran patient. Our volunteer team crochets amazing red, white and blue blankets that are provided as gifts, as well.”
Kathy Jarman, Heartland Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, stated, "We are often inspired by tears of gratitude from the veterans and their families. One of our World War II veterans stated that he had not been recognized since the months following his return from Europe."
Annette continued, “The recognition service opens up the conversation for our veterans to reminisce and retrace the memories of their service. Many veterans' lives are forever changed by the ceremonies we hold. There are men and women whose courage and enriched character have positively shaped their lives and the lives of their families. On the other end of the spectrum, we provide support for the men and women whose combat experiences have left wounds of war; physically, emotionally and spiritually. We have the honor of connecting uniquely with each veteran and fostering meaningful connections that bring honor and sometimes healings in the last season of life.”
“Heartland Hospice takes great pride in our participation in the national platform entitled We Honor Veterans. This program is a collaboration between the United States Veteran Administration (VA) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Working diligently through the We Honor Veterans requirements, we have graduated into the highest level of education and partnership. We are fully integrated into the local VA Medical Centers and have ongoing relationships with medical professionals in the VA.”
“Our Veterans have given so much to our country, our freedom and our future. Heartland Hospice is passionate about providing Veteran-centric care to these deserving men and women.”
“It was an honor to bring joy to this group of Veterans and to provide them with a small token of our gratitude for the sacrifices they made for all of us.”Show More
Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland Central Offers Art Therapy Project to Local Veterans
Heartland Hospice serving Chicagoland Central recently partnered with the Walter & Connie Payton Foundation and the Kendall County to Salute Veterans Organization to provide an art therapy project for Veteran residents living at Concord Place Retirement & Assisted Living Community.
Created by Kathy Jarman, Heartland Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, “The Hands Project at Concord Place Retirement & Assisted Living Community” is an art therapy project that offers creative art expression to retired Veterans. The project consists of creating a plaster cast of a participant’s hand. Once the cast is dry the Veteran participants can decorate the cast in a symbolic way to represent the time they served in our military. “Our goal is to create a symbol of hope and honor from the brave hands that fought for our freedom,” said Kathy.
The project was a two-part event held on November 12th and December 17th. During the first session, residents had their hands casted in plaster. Once the plaster dried, the Heartland team assisted with the removal of their hands. “The Veterans’ were so happy to partake and felt it provided them with a sense of relaxation and joy. They couldn’t wait for the team to return for part two,” said Sonya Saldico, Activity Director at Concord Place.
On December 17th the team returned for part two of the Hands Project. The residents decorated their plaster cast hands. Kathy said, “It was so exciting to see their imaginations come to life and their hands become a representation of their life as a soldier. One man was brought to tears as he glued his dog tag inside his hand and quietly commented, ‘A Marine for life.’” As the project was completed, Kathy noted,
“It was an honor to bring joy to this group of Veterans and to provide them with a small token of our gratitude for the sacrifices they made for all of us.”
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Heartland Hospice Volunteer Salutes Veteran Patient at End-of-Life
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