Palliative Care Changed My Quality of Life

When four-time cancer survivor Janice Feenstra was diagnosed with an incurable, but treatable cancer, she was hopeful and ready to endure chemotherapy and radiation to keep the cancer under control. Over time Janice became "sick and tired of being sick and tired" so she turned to Avow's palliative care team for help. A year later, Janice was able to spend quality time with family instead of suffering from the symptoms of her illness. "My experience with Avow has been amazing," [...]

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At Group We Listen, Acknowledge and Learn From Each Other

Connie Hill was apprehensive to attend her first grief support group, but she's very thankful she did. Avow's bereavement counselor instantly put her at ease. Connie describes her experience as "uplifting, positive and healing, and a very productive way to deal with grief." After losing the love of her life to cancer, Connie found added benefit in the bond she made with her support group peers. "Family and friends mean well, but they can't truly understand what you are going [...]

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They Cared for Dad and Showed Concern for Me Too.

While sitting vigil at his father's bedside at Avow's Frances Georgeson Hospice House, Chris Farrugia observed nurses speaking warmly and compassionately to his father as they adjusted pillows and offered a gentle touch to his forehead. "Each nurse treated my dad as if he was his/her own spouse or father," Chris shared in a letter to Avow. At one point, a nurse asked Chris how he was doing and if he needed anything. "At first I thought, 'I'm not the patient. [...]

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Honored Veterans

Avow Honors Veterans We Honor Veterans... When Veteran James Wilkes was admitted to Avow's hospice program, chaplain Tony Alonzo presented James with a special blanket donning the insignia of the military branch in which the he served. Mr. Wilkes also received a special pin and certificate which is formally presented. Shown here, Brenda and James Wilkes and Avow chaplain Tony Alonzo.

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Graduation from Hospice is Bittersweet

You might think hearing news that you no longer qualify for hospice care would make your day. However, once you and your family experience the compassionate care and support of hospice, you might not want to give it up! To qualify for the Medicare hospice benefit, patients must be certified by their physicians as having a life expectancy of six months or less and, while in the program, show progressive decline in their condition. When a patient chooses hospice care, [...]

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Helping Mom Go “Her Way”

The following note was shared Cheatham-Judy-Frances-John-Moriahby Judy Cheatham (left in photo). We thank her for giving us the privilege to care for her loving mother. “Avow hospice assisted with my mom’s care for approximately 5 months before she passed away. Everyone I came in contact with was kind, patient and professional. You assisted Mom to go through her dying process “her way” and I thank you.”

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Care for You, Care for Us

Sometimes we at Avow must take care of our own. The following note was shared with Avow by the Director of our Inpatient Facility (The Frances Georgeson Hospice House)… “Avow cared for me and my family in so many ways. The care that my Dad received was world class as I expected. However, the care and support given to me and my family was humbling. From the food to the flowers to the hugs, we felt cared for. My favorite memory of [...]

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