Families give thanks for hospice care

Kaweah Health Hospice and Visalia Breakfast Lions partner to provide hospice patients, families with holiday meals

VISALIA – To help brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for family members who have a loved one receiving hospice care, Kaweah Health Hospice delivered fresh turkeys and fixings to 100 patients last week.

The meals, which Kaweah Health Hospice has been delivering for more than 10 years, were provided to patients as a result of a partnership with Visalia Breakfast Lions Club, which provided the fresh turkeys. Kaweah Health Hospice staff—along with members of Kaweah Health’s Post-Acute Care Unit Based Councils, Executive Team, Pediatrics, Marketing, and various others—contributed all of the “fixings” to go with the turkey and Provident-Salierno Family Foundation made a donation to fill in any gaps in what was needed.

“This is so our families don’t have to deal with more than they are dealing with,” said Tiffany Bullock, director of Kaweah Health Hospice Services. “What’s more basic than feeding people at a time when they are giving thanks, but they are going through really hard times.”

Kaweah Health Hospice, a division of Kaweah Health, is a not-for-profit hospice that has been providing end-of-life services for adults and children in Tulare and Kings counties for over 35 years. The organization works to relieve pain and suffering at the end of life, as well as provide emotional support and spiritual counseling. Patients and their families are offered a variety of services via a team approach. The team consists of a physician of choice, a nurse, a hospice aide, a chaplain, a social worker and bereavement counseling. The team is designed to assist families in navigating through this final chapter of life.

Cydney Alvarado, a Registered Nurse, for Kaweah Health Hospice was grateful for the opportunity to help her patients and their families outside of the care she already provides.

“My patients aren’t just patients to me,” she said. “They become part of our family, so to be able to give them such an amazing gift is so meaningful.”

Kaweah Health is a publicly-owned community healthcare organization that provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and Tulare County. With 5,100 employees and 700 medical staff, Kaweah Health is committed to meeting the community’s health needs through state-of-the-art medicine, high-quality preventive services and specialized health centers and clinics. For more information, visit www.kaweahhealth.org or follow Kaweah Health on Twitter and Facebook.

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