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WHY DO THEY VOLUNTEER? ‘BECAUSE I LOVE IT’
30 YEARS OF ‘BEING THERE’
Hospice of Acadiana volunteer Clint Crowe still remembers a patient he calls Mr. Landry. The 88-year-old man was dying of liver cancer and didn’t have much time left.
It was Crowe’s job to make sure that what was left of his life would be full of quality time.
“He liked to compare morality and religion,” said Crowe. “His priority was to live a moral life. He taught me several things. That at the end of life, we all go through a similar process. We (volunteers) give them the space to think about those big ideas.”
Crowe said sometimes his job as a hospice volunteer meant sitting quietly while Mr. Landry watched the birds outside his window. Sometimes it meant just listening as the elderly man reflected on his life and what God and faith meant to him.
No matter what the circumstances, however, all hospice volunteers are trained to provide the same thing — comfort and care to the dying. For many, it can be a heart-wrenching experience. A volunteer’s job is over when he or she is no longer needed and the patient is gone forever.
“When the telephone rings and they say your patient has passed away, you say, ‘Thank you,’ and then you hang up and cry,” said Charlene Miller, a 22-year veteran and hospice board member. “My husband used to ask, “Why do you do this if it upsets you?’ ” I said, ‘Because I love it.’ Sometimes it’s like losing a family member, but that’s what we are supposed to do.”
This year, Hospice of Acadiana will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala Friday at the Homewood Suites in Lafayette. The organization has been the only nonprofit, free-standing (not affiliated with hospitals) hospice agency in the Acadiana area for three decades and is one of only two in the entire state. The other is in Baton Rouge.
That distinction is an important one for hospice officials.
“Our mission has always been to see patients whether they can pay or not,” said Executive Director Louis Hebert. “Thirty years ago, back when we were founded, there were no other services like that. Now there are about 117 other hospices in a 50-mile radius of us. The difference is all of our money goes back into patient care, employees and our services. We don’t limit our services.”
Filling a need
The organization was started back in 1983 thanks to the foresight of a small group of local residents who saw a need in the community, Hebert said.
Since that time, the agency has served more than 16,000 individuals with life-threatening conditions and their families. Officials provide several examples they say set them apart from others that are for-profit:
• 14 hospice-certified RNs
• 3 hospice-certified physicians
• 6 professional social workers
• 3 chaplains
• 3 licensed grief counselors
• A full-time physician on staff
• A team of more than 23 volunteer hospice physicians representing 14 medical specialties who visit patients in their homes
• The largest hospice medical staff in Louisiana with physicians available to staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• The only nonprofit hospice that treats patients regardless of ability to pay for services
Recently, Hospice of Acadiana has had to battle on the political front to keep the Medicaid reimbursements it receives through the State of Louisiana for patients on Medicaid.
Back in January, Gov. Bobby Jindal proposed cutting those funds as part of an effort to fix the state’s budget problems.
Hospice officials lobbied state lawmakers and were successful in getting the Jindal administration to reverse course on the proposed Medicaid cuts.
That cut in Medicaid reimbursements would have meant a lot to an agency that isn’t that profitable to begin with. In 2011, the agency’s expenses outweighed its revenues by more than $100,000.
Most of it was spent on services but about $3 million went to pay salaries and compensation and benefits for about 75 employees.
Hospice officials said since that report, they have had to make cuts in several areas.
“What we did, we had a lot of staff members that retired and some (cuts) are due to attrition,” said Rae Gremillion, director of community development. “And we consolidated departments. We’re running a smarter business.”
And for the past 30 years, that business has grown exponentially.
Hebert said hospice started out with just 10 patients and a handful of volunteers. Today, the agency sees more than 130 patients and has more than 300 volunteers.
But for those like Crowe, there is more to hospice care than just numbers.
Crowe said one simply can’t put a price on what he and others do for people who are facing the final end.
“I got involved in it because it involved death,” said Crowe. “And I feel that life is a choice. And the way you die is part of the choices that we make. My privilege as a hospice volunteer is to be able to be a sounding board for them to talk about their life and their death.”
If you are worried about protecting yourself from fraud? Be a part of Hospice of Acadiana’s New Iberia Senior Independence Day to be held at the First Methodist Church of New Iberia, 119 Jefferson Street, on June 18th from 10am-1:00pm.
Senior citizens interested in participating will receive information about crimes against the elderly, and how to protect themselves. Seniors can also register for the Yellow Dot Health Alert Program. A person registered for the program will be protected if in a serious auto accident. They will be given a yellow dot to place on the back window of their vehicle. The yellow dot alerts emergency personnel to look for a folder in the glove compartment that contains important medical information emergency responders need.
A representative from each of the event sponsors will speak: Ann Wallace from Hospice of Acadiana, Ginny Higgins from St. Martin Parish Sherriff’s Department, Detectives from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department and Billy Pruitt answering questions on Medicare Part D.
Register for Senior Independence Day today! Call (337) 232-1234. Doors open at 9:30am. Lunch will be provided.
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Stories to Tell
HOSPICE OF ACADIANA IS MAKING SURE ACADIANA’S STORIES ARE RECORDED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. BY ERIN Z. BASS • PHOTOS BY ROBIN MAY
Through Dec. 21, people all over Acadiana will be telling their personal stories for the chance to have them preserved forever in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Serving as recorder and facilitator of these stories is Hospice of Acadiana. Chosen as one of 26 partners in the national StoryCorps program, Hospice is the only organization in the state participating in what is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.
|Photo by Robin May|
“Lafayette has a pocket of wonderful culture, and that’s why we were chosen,” says Hospice Director of Community Development Rae Gremillion. A mixture of 24 Hospice volunteers and staff members have been trained in the Legacy version of the program, which focuses on recording stories of patients nearing the end of their life.
In some cases, patients may not be able to tell their own stories so family members are welcome to step in and speak for them. Since 2003, more than 40,000 interviews have been conducted through StoryCorps, and each conversation is recorded on a free CD for the interviewee to share. Currently, Hospice is recording about 10 stories a month.
On a recent Monday, Hospice volunteers documented the story of Lafayette native Robert Byrd, speaking for his wife, Beverly, who is paralyzed. An interviewer and facilitator set up in Byrd’s living room, while he sat next to his wife in her hospital-style bed.
“I’ll tell y’all about the time we went to the casino and I was taking Beverly over there for our anniversary,” he recalls. “I was going to take her out and treat her to a nice steak supper. So, when we arrive there, I went to the maitre d’, and he said, ‘Do y’all have a reservation?’
I said, ‘No. It’s just me and my wife.’
And he says, ‘Man, it’s Saturday night, it’s 6:30. We’re booked ’til at least 11 or 12 tonight.’
So, I said, ‘Well, OK, we’ll be in the casino gambling. If you see a chance to get us in, why don’t you page me?’
He said, ‘OK, what’s your name?’ And I said, ‘Robert Byrd.’ As I walked away, I turned and I said, ‘Sen. Robert Byrd.’
And he says, ‘Oh, how many’s in your party?’
And I said, ‘Like I told you, it’s just me and my wife. It’s our anniversary.’
He says, ‘Well come on in.’ So they brought us in and they sat us down at the best table in the house.”
|Photo by Robin May|
Byrd, who met his wife one night at Don’s Seafood while having a bowl of gumbo and a beer, has several stories where throwing out the name of the late West Virginia senator worked in his favor. He also has fond memories of traveling and dancing with his wife while working for Western Electric.
“Beverly was a fairly quiet girl until she met me and we got into square dancing and clogging and going to different casinos and resorts,” he says. “Because they would transfer me all over the place, we went to Oswego, N.Y., we went to Texas. We had a good time because it was just her and I for the first year.”
The Byrds had a son that next year and would eventually have another one. They also bought their first house on Sunny Lane in Lafayette, but, unfortunately, not all of their times were happy. The couple lost both of their sons over the years — the first one to suicide — and Byrd believes that trauma could be responsible for Beverly’s condition today.
“Beverly came down [with dementia] a couple years ago,” he says. “She started putting things in the wrong places. At first, we’d laugh about it. We’d say, ‘Ah, you’re hiding stuff.’ So, anyway, it kept getting a little worse and a little worse and then finally she kinda went into a coma.”
After renting a room at Cornerstone Village South, Byrd decided to take his wife home. A caretaker comes to their house each morning, so he can play golf and run errands, and Hospice was able to provide the furniture she would need. “Now, it’s Beverly and I looking after each other,” he says. People like Byrd who participate in the StoryCorps program must give their permission. He says he wanted to tell his and his wife’s story to help other elderly people in their situation.
“I want people to know what we’re going through that haven’t been through this and know what to expect,” he says. “The doctors have already told me it’s not going to get any better. It’s a long process, and it affects different people different ways. In Beverly’s case, it made her completely paralyzed.”
|Photo by Robin May|
Beverly is still able to speak, although most of the time it’s not legible. Listening to her husband’s stories, she chimed in with a word every now and then. His final story was about asking Beverly’s father if he could marry her. While Byrd wants most aspects of their lives to be recorded for future generations to hear, there are a few memories he’s not willing to share.
“My father-in-law was a barber and he was kind of hard of hearing, so when I was asking for Beverly’s hand in marriage, I said, ‘Jack, me and Beverly been going out for about a year now and we’ve been talking about marriage.’ … Man, he sat there like a stiff board like he never heard a word, and her mother and Beverly said, ‘Ask him again, ask him again.’
“I said, ‘No, he heard me,’ but I said it a little louder. So, he said, ‘Come on, come with me.’ He took me out to a little shed they had in the back, and he gave me a talking to, but I have never told anybody what he said. Not even Beverly. It’s our secret.”
Robert Byrd and other Acadiana residents’ stories will be available at storycorps.org in 2013. You can also hear weekly broadcasts of StoryCorps stories on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Hospice of Acadiana – Only Hospice in Louisiana to Reach Level 4 in We Honor Veterans Program
Lafayette, LA — Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. has been recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO) as the only hospice in Louisiana-Mississippi area that has attained a Level 4 rating in the We Honor Veterans Program and is one of only 37 hospices attaining this status in the United States. The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations demonstrating a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. Using the model provided, Hospice of Acadiana has initiated programs designed to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, has integrated the Best Practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. “All hospices are serving Veterans, but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the Armed Forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans, we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities and organizations in their communities.”
An integral part of the We Honor Veterans program is the continuing education that we provide through in-services to our staff, volunteers, community agencies, and veteran organizations, regarding the needs of Veterans from different war eras, end-of-life issues with Veterans that were in combat, as well as Veteran benefits. “Knowing their commitment and dedication to the care of Veteran patients, we commend Hospice of Acadiana for attaining Level 4,” said Jamey Boudreaux, Executive Director of the Louisiana Mississippi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
At Hospice of Acadiana, we have initiated the “Veteran to Veteran” program, as a part of our partnership. In this program, we have trained our Hospice of Acadiana volunteers who visit Veteran patients. We have identified our volunteers, staff, and physicians who are Veterans and who are able to participate in this outreach program. It is generally understood that a Veteran is more likely to share experiences and issues with another Veteran who will understand the situation better. Presently, we have over seven (7) trained Veteran volunteers expressly trained in this area of care and who are helping to meet the needs of Hospice of Acadiana Veteran patients.
Hospice of Acadiana volunteers and staff will be participating in the StoryCorps Legacy program until December 21, 2012. “We are honored to have been chosen to participate in this historic program and record the wonderful histories of our patients and their families.” stated Rae Gremillion, Director of Community Development at Hospice of Acadiana.
If you have ever listened to public radio, you might have heard it while driving one day. A compelling tale told by one family member to another, usually captured before memories fade or before a loved one has passed away.
The stories, broadcast on NPR, are the work of StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives.
“We celebrate people’s lives and (we find) they want to talk about what they’ve done, experienced.” said John White, StoryCorps facilitator. “It’s a chance for people to feel lifted.”
On Thursday, facilitators with the StoryCorps Legacy program were in Lafayette teaching volunteers with Hospice of Acadiana how to record Hospice patients who agreed to share their experiences. Those collected will be archived in the Library of Congress. A lucky few will be broadcast on NPR.
However staff members say that’s not the main reason why the StoryCorps Legacy program does what it does.
“To have loved ones be able to hear (a family member’s) voice on a CD, that’s immensely powerful,” said Perri Chinalai, Sr. coordinator of Story Corps Legacy. “I’ve been really inspired, it’s quite lovely.”
The program relies on volunteers who are trained by StoryCorps staff to record the stories and facilitate conversations between the interviewee and a familiar friend or family member. The idea is to simply sit and listen in on the conversation that flows between the two people.
The Story Corps Legacy program specifically chronicles those who are suffering from a life threatening illness or facing the end of their lives. Hospice of Acadiana was chosen to be among a handful of partners from around the country because of its strong volunteer base and expertise in dealing with patients who are at the end of their lives.
“We were the only ones chosen in the state,” said Rae Gremillion of Hospice. “It’s because we had the volunteer base, the socio economic base. So far we’ve trained a little over 12 volunteers and several staff members (for the program).”
“We were interested in coming to Louisiana and recording the history here,’ said White. “It’s really rich here. I love the South. There are a lot of talkers and we love talkers.”
Pat Logan’s 91-year-old mother Effie will be among those ‘talking’ for the recorders when she conducts her interviews today. Logan will interview his mother while a Hospice volunteer records the conversation. He says he is hoping she will talk about her career as a nurse in World War II.
“I think it’s important for people to know,” said Logan. “They didn’t make a lot of money back then so it took a lot of dedication. She served her country on the front lines. There are not many left from her generation.”
Logan says his mother is currently receiving hospice care for a chronic heart condition. He says he doesn’t know how much longer she will be around to tell her stories so he wants to record them for friends and family members who will one day look back and listen.
“Everybody looked up to her,” said Logan. “They were impressed by how independent she was. How she kept it all together.”
Since it was founded in 2003, StoryCorps Legacy has recorded more than 60,000 stories from everyday people. Each one is preserved in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
To hear any of the stories recorded, contact Hospice of Acadiana at (337) 232-1234.
BY MARSHA SILLS
September 19, 2012
LAFAYETTE — Starting next week, Hospice of Acadiana volunteers will begin recording stories of their patients and caregivers as part of a national oral history project supported by StoryCorps.
StoryCorps Legacy is a program of the national, nonprofit StoryCorps organization that collaborates with hospices, treatment centers and other agencies working with the seriously ill to tell the stories of patients and their caregivers, said Perri Chinalai, senior coordinator of StoryCorps Legacy.
As part of its partnership with Hospice of Acadiana, the stories of 30 patients and family members of current and former patients will be recorded, said Rae Gremillion, Hospice of Acadiana’s director of community development.
“We’re the first in the state of Louisiana with this program and we’re hoping we can expand it,” Gremillion said.
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization created in 2003 that has provided about 80,000 Americans the opportunity to record, share and preserve stories from their lives, according to its website. The organization has recording booths set up across the country, as well as mobile units.
The organization has several outreach initiatives for specific populations, such as the Legacy program which began in 2010 for those with life-threatening conditions and their families. Because of the need to interview Legacy participants where they receive care, which is often at home, training is provided to Legacy volunteers on the recording process and interview experience, Chinalai said.
Those who participate in a StoryCorps interview receive a copy of the recording and have the option to have the recording logged in the StoryCorps Archives in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Stories collected also may be shared during weekly StoryCorps spots on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”
Training for Hospice of Acadiana volunteers who will record and interview patients begins next week. The interviews begin next Friday and continue through Dec. 21.
While termed “interviews,” there are no rules or a set question-and-answer format, Chinalai said. Interviewers are provided with suggestions to get at conversation going in case the participant may be nervous, she said. Conversations, rather than formal interviews, are encouraged, she added.
“That 40 minutes is absolutely for them and we don’t try to control it,” Chinalai said. “They don’t have to talk about their condition. They don’t have to talk about anything that they don’t want to talk about.”
The storytelling experience can be cathartic for both the hospice patient and their family members, said Mary Lahey, director of bereavement services for Hospice of Acadiana.
The recording provided as part of the project is a “blessing” that enables family members to revisit those stories told in their loved one’s own voice and words, Lahey said.
“Storytelling is extremely important for bonding and especially for the bereaved,” Lahey said. “It’s wonderful for them to have this time with their loved one to talk about their loved one and their life.”
Chinalai said many participants appreciate the time and recording as a gift they can give their loved ones.
“Its’ a really beautiful program,” she said. “The organizations that we work with, such as Hospice of Acadiana have incredible staff and incredible volunteers that want to provide the type of holistic care to the people they’re serving. This falls in that. It’s really an opportunity for participants in the community to talk about their lives .Our belief is really that everybody has a story to tell and every story is important.”
The Kate Middleton shows her support of hospice care at an event in a Malaysian Hospice. In her speech she stated: “With effective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need.” This event follows Kate Middleton’s announcement in January this year that she would become patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/