Hospice sets Ti meetings

TICONDEROGA High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care is going on the road to raise awareness of its services. Based in Port Henry, hospice has scheduled a pair of information meetings at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street in Ticonderoga Wednesday, Feb. 27. The gatherings will be 3:30 and 7 p.m. This will be especially helpful for those wanting to learn what hospice is and how it can benefit patients, caregivers and loved ones, said Cheryl Olson of hospice. At the same time, we will be discussing our volunteer program in depth. We believe that there are people who have the desire, time, skills and generosity of spirit for volunteer work, but who perhaps have not yet found the right fit in terms of available opportunities. And there may be community organizations able to adopt or otherwise sponsor an annual fundraising event. High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care provides a variety of professional services to patients. Our paid staff is assisted by a dedicated and committed group of volunteers who contribute to the hospice mission in many different ways, Olson said. Some choose to work with patients directly. Some contribute their skills in other ways, like clerical assistance in our office or helping to plan and execute fundraising events. There is a job waiting for everyone, from sharing loving hugs and support with a patient, to group sponsorship of a hospice fundraising event, she added. One of them may be just right for you. The Ticonderoga meetings will be the first in a series of events aimed at highlighting the work of High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care. Hospice is an important service available in our community, Olson said. Unfortunately, many people arent aware of exactly what it is and how it can help to ease the end-of-life process for all concerned.

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