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Maine Hospice Council Retreat

The Maine Hospice Council will be holding its annual fall retreat at the Rangeley Inn, 2443 Main Street, Rangeley, on the weekend of October 14 - 16, 2016. Registration for the event is $185 plus room fees. (Most rooms are between $200-300 and will accommodate 2 or 3 people.) This event is popular and rooms will likely sell out. All of you are invited to attend this full weekend of learning, fun, and entertainment.  If you would like to attend, you will need to make your own reservations. FMI or to register, contact Sarah Swift at the Maine Hospice Council, 626-0651, or at email here.
Free Fall Online Expo hosted by McKnight's 


The challenges of competency-based learning/evaluations in the LTC setting

The value of incorporating competency-based activities into hiring process

The value of incorporating competency-based activities to promote learning for clinical staff

Selecting competency-based activities to promote learning and support decision-making


Discussing objectives of the Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 related to claims data

Breaking down demographic data related to healthcare claims and how it can play a role in post-acute care settings

Understanding how data can support market decisions based on geographic differences 


Identifying the safety risks and benefits associated with health IT

Learning how to recognize and report health IT-related patient safety issues

Focusing on a multi-stakeholder approach to safe practices

Adopting strategies and tools to address health IT-related safety issues 

To register for these free webinars please click here

Somerset Americorp

The AmeriCorps Somerset County Program places AmeriCorps members with area public health service providers and supports part-time members to serve directly in their home towns and communities working closely with their local social service agencies. 

Members serve rural adults as community health workers who connect one-on-one with people to set personal health goals, provide health education classes and help individuals access needed social support services such as public transportation. Members will increase access to primary care providers, food support services and local opportunities to engage with the community through volunteerism. For More information or to apply please click here

Upcoming Events/Fundraisers 

Annual Duck Derby Invasion

Event not to miss as our major summer fundraiser is going to be within the next few weeks, if we continue to get rain. We are sorry to say that this was postponed because there was not enough water in the River. On the other side, you have a couple of extra weeks to purchase ducks. Thank you to Motor Supply they had issued a business challenge, so now you can match them and see how many we can sell.
What could be more fun then rubber ducks racing down the Kennebec River, to raise funds for our community? Proceeds raised from the duck race will benefit Hospice Volunteers. Adopt a duck or an entire flock:

$5 donation per duck, or $25 for a quack pack which include 6 ducks.
The top three finishing ducks will receive cash prizes. Ducks are on sale now at: 
The HVSC Office or Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce

Karen... Thinking out loud

Have you always wanted to be a member of the great team at Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County? We are now taking reservations for our next Friendly Companion volunteer training sessions. The volunteers working in this role provide an important emotional and social support to our clients and their families. Whether it is reading a book, running an errand, taking a short walk or listening to stories, your time will make a very special difference in the lives of the people you meet and their families. We are looking for volunteers for all the areas we serve. The training begins September 15. Please call or email us to register for the training or to get more information.  474-7775 or email Volunteer@hvosc.org.


I would like to share the press release from Hospice Volunteers of Waterville area for everyone in our community that may benefit from this opportunity.
Pine Tree Camp to host Camp Ray of Hope - a unique state wide retreat for grieving families is now accepting registrations for the 2016 fall session which runs September 23-25, 2016 and will be held this year at Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine.  If you are the parent of young children whose close friend or family member has died you have, without a doubt struggled with how to support your children through that difficult time. Perhaps you lack confidence in knowing the right answers to a child’s hard questions? Have you wondered if you are addressing all their needs in the most effective ways? Do you worry that you are missing important cues from your children? On top of all that you are faced with your own overwhelming feelings of grief.  We would like you to know these feelings are normal.

Camp Ray of Hope was first offered by Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area in 1995 and continues to be the only one of its kind in Maine. The retreat provides support to families with dependent children ages 3-18 years and young adults 18-25. You and your family will be provided the opportunity to network with other people from throughout the state of Maine who are also in the midst of transition from loss by death. Most of the volunteers have experienced profound loss at one time or another and know how to embrace your pain effectively.  They are not afraid to talk about their loss or to listen to your stories.  Children and adults participate with their peers in support groups and workshops that encourage healthy outlets and self care with trained support group facilitators.
Pine Tree Camp’s beautiful 285-acre facility with a network of accessible nature trails and more than a mile of waterfront is located on beautiful North Pond. The camper cabins are beautiful, inviting spaces with heat and bathrooms. There is a welcome center, family cabins, wellness center, tree house, playground, recreation hall, athletic field and so much more.

The cost for the weekend is $60.00 per person, $120.00 for a family of two or $180 for a family of three or more.  The fee includes lodging, meals and programs. If you choose not to spend the night the fee for the weekend is $40 per person, $70 for a family of two or $100 for a family of three or more. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Registration is required. Scholarships are available. Call (207) 873-3615, ext. 19 or e-mail Jillian Roy at jroy@hvwa.org with questions or to request a brochure and registration form. Visit our web site at: www.hvwa.org

Director's View

Have you seen the article on My Brother, the Hospice Graduate: Here is a summary of the article, something to think about. 

When I was a college sophomore living in a sorority house at the University of California at Santa Barbara, my parents called to tell me that my baby brother, Gavin, was dying. He had been given a diagnosis of a very rare disease, Aicardi–Goutieres Syndrome.

The doctors immediately placed him in hospice care.

He was 4 months old.

I hung up the phone and rode my red beach cruiser to class, trying to pretend that it was like any other day. I sat through Spanish class, but stared off into the distance, numb to what was happening. When I emerged, the sun seemed too bright. People were laughing, talking on their phones, surfing waves at sunset and meeting up with dates at coffee shops.

The hospice nurses stopped by every week to check Gavin’s temperature and weigh him. There was no handbook on learning to love your dying baby brother, but eventually, I did. Instead of hiding from the Monster — when his body shook, his lips turned jelly purple, and drool spilled from his mouth — I looked at him and said: You are worth it.

With his impending death sentence, Gavin was baptized in an oversize white gown. Mom wanted his soul to be protected.

After the ceremony, we played a slideshow of his short life. I saw a picture of me holding him and thought to myself, how could I not love you? We all loved him, the best way we knew how.

My parents did not give up on him, even though he was on hospice. A major change came when a friend of my mom’s who was an occupational therapist suggested the Haberman bottle, a baby bottle with an elongated nipple for children with special needs. Part of the reason Gavin was in hospice care was that he could no longer breast-feed and it was hard to get him nutrients. But he took pumped breast milk through that bottle.

And somehow his demise never came.

On Gavin’s first birthday he was taken off hospice: a hospice graduate.

The journey shifted. Instead of waiting for a baby to die, we were learning to love and live with a handicapped boy.

Now, Gavin is 9 years old. He is a quadriplegic; he cannot walk, talk or eat solid foods, but he is a survivor. He is joy.

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September Cause Days

8: International Literacy Day — #LiteracyDay
10: World Suicide Prevention Day — #WSPD
15: International Day of Democracy — #DemocracyDay
21: International Day of Peace — #PeaceDay
22: World Rhino Day — #WorldRhinoDay
25: World Rivers Day — #WorldRiversDay
27: World Tourism Day — #WorldTourismDay​

From the President

We are always looking for qualified, committed people to serve on the board, if you or someone you know may be interested please contact the Executive Director.

Our next board meeting will be in October. 
Present Board Members include:

Tim Curtis, Chairman
Dana Hamilton, Vice-Chairman
Thomas Desjardins, Treasurer
Kim DeMerchant, Secretary
Steve Davis
Bill Primmerman 
Eunice Thorpe


In Closing

It is important to remember the mission of Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, which is: Is to care for those with a life limiting illness, provide support and solace to the grieving, and to educate the community.

Also it is important to remember that,  all our services are provided at no charge to all of the residents that we serve.

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