Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford May After Hours Business Mixer was hosted by Seasons Hospice.
Since Seasons Hospice joined the CCGM about a year ago, they’ve already hosted a wonderful Grand Opening Celebration, and on the 25th of May welcomed about thirty-five chamber members to their mixer. Seasons Hospice Chaplain, Harry Hiltner let us know they were planning on having a Wine & Cheese Mixer, blending in nicely with music by Ali-Reed Quillen.
Ali-Reed is one of the Seasons Hospice Music Therapists, who Executive Director Sharon Garrick says is a unique program they offer, and is an asset to their organization and to their patients. Sharon says the use of music to enhance our lives as a means of teaching, celebrating, and expressing ourselves has been in place for thousands of years. She says during World War II music was used to calm shell-shocked soldiers, and since then the introduction of music in a variety of rehabilitation and palliative care settings has steadily increased. She added, “Even when people are no longer conscious or speaking, we can console and comfort them with music”.
Everyone at the mixer enjoyed the beautiful sounds of the acoustic guitar, and Ali-Reed’s lovely, soothing voice.
In addition to Music Therapy, Seasons Hospice offers what they call their “Circle of Care”. The Circle of Care includes the hospice patient, their family and friends, a social worker, volunteers, a chaplain, a medical director, an attending physician, a registered nurse and home health aide.
Seasons Hospice also provides a program called, “A Touch for All Seasons”, which is a highly specialized program improving the quality of life through meaningful person-centered sensory activities stimulating the senses to evoke memory, decrease pain and agitation, promote relaxation, and offer comfort and serenity to those living with dementia as well as other diseases. A Touch for All Seasons also provides moments of peace and tranquility to family caregivers.
The vision of Seasons Hospice is to recognize that individuals and families are the true experts in their own care, to support their staff so they can put their patients and families first, to find creative solutions which add quality of life, to strive for excellence beyond accepted standards and to increase the community’s awareness of hospice as part of the continuum of care.
For more information about Seasons Hospice, or to learn more about Palliative Care call 866.443.9856 or visit their website: www.seasons.org.
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