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The St. Francis Home
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I've become very involved in volunteering at St. Francis Home,
which is near our church. It is something I've dreamed of having
in our area but never thought would happen. We have hospice
patients who have no one to care for them during their final days,
weeks, or sometimes months. It's amazing. The care at St. Francis
Home is completely free to our residents and run by an all-volunteer
staff. The Home takes no insurance payments, depending entirely
on donations and endowments to keep it running.
We are always looking for more volunteers. They don't have
to be medical people, just caring individuals willing to commit to
a 4-hour shift. Everyone will shadow a seasoned volunteer for as
long as they like. It is a beautiful home in a peaceful setting. I wish
some of our parish nurses would visit the home and consider joining
me in volunteering.
-Eileen Muzyka (retired hospice nurse)

I have always enjoyed working with people and assisting them
with their needs. Upon retirement I needed something meaningful
to do with my extra time. I was introduced to St. Francis Home a
few years back by attending one of their Galas for fundraising. At
that time I did not understand the complete concept of the type of
home this would be. I signed up for emails, and when I received one
for an orientation as a volunteer I called and signed up to attend.
After attending the orientation, I was so excited to finally
understand what the home was all about and started imagining all
the things I could do to help. With a background of over 25 years in
food service, my mind was churning with ideas of how I could make
a difference in the lives of the residents for whom we would care. I
am now the Personal Chef for the home.
After the residents arrive I interview them and their families to
determine what type of food we can prepare to make their stay as
comfortable as we possibly can. I also immediately got involved in
helping with the completion of the building and grounds. I have
visited businesses seeking donations for projects that still need to be
completed. I assisted in laying our first batch of sod. I have picked
up donated supplies collected by local Catholic schools and other
organizations, all for the benefit of our residents.
We have so many wonderful, dedicated volunteers who share a
few hours each week, and I would urge anyone with a desire to make
a difference in the lives of others to contact us. We have so many
tasks, and everyone has special talents that God has given them to
share so don't hesitate to give us a call or stop
by for a tour and an application. You'Il be glad
you did, and so will we.
-Dan Brownell (retired chief of food services
for HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital)

"I wish we had known about hospice sooner."
Hospice care is so much more than what most people think.
Many hospice patients have told us they wish they'd benefitted
from the hope, compassion and comfort of our hospice care
sooner. Any patient, family member or friend can contact us
anytime, 24/7.

866.380.5874
heartlandhospice.com

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