Dedicated hospice volunteer celebrates her bittersweet retirement after 15 years of service

Maddie Stepanian is 80 years old and, after 15 wonderful years as a HopeHealth hospice volunteer, she is retiring. Volunteers do many different things at HopeHealth, depending on their preference. Some, like Maddie, offer companionship to hospice patients and their families. Happy reflections on volunteering Maddie chose hospice volunteering to continue using her nursing experience Read More

How therapy dogs bring cheer to hospice care

For people who are terminally ill, animal-assisted therapy has been shown to address the basic needs of love, belongingness and self-esteem, according to a 2014 study published in the psychology journal of Mount Saint Mary College. Animal therapy is also associated with natural pain management and emotional support, a decrease in loneliness and an increase in socialization.

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