Dec. 2012 – During the holiday season, individuals and families facing the many difficulties of a terminal disease often experience a greater feeling of being overwhelmed. People are busier than usual and emotions run high, yet there can be a feeling of isolation and hopelessness. This is a time when additional help and support is needed. The warmth and comfort sought by all of us during the season is overshadowed by worry and fatigue in providing care and attention to a loved one. Many hospices offer a range of services that help alleviate holiday stress. For example, SolAmor Hospice attempts to ease distress during this time by offering the following support:
Bereavement support during the holidays is also critical after the passing of a loved one. A death of a loved one doesn't have to mean crisis and isolation during the holidays. Hospice will be there to offer care, comfort and support for family at a time it is most needed. Offering patients and their loved ones the opportunity to experience the many benefits of hospice at this very special time of year provides peace of mind, respite and the ability to focus on what's important. Early referral can make all of the difference to patients and their caregivers this season.
Nov. 28, 2011 (Irvine, Calif.)—SolAmor Hospice, a leading provider of hospice care, has completed its annual Thanksgiving Tree food drive and raised enough food items to provide a Thanksgiving meal to more than 1,550 families located in 12 states. Its fundraising efforts in 2011 surpassed totals from previous years. SolAmor teamed with hospitals, long-term care centers, assisted living centers, and area businesses for the annual drive.
“This is a wonderful way to help those that are in need while bringing our team together for such a worthwhile cause,” said Glen Cavallo, president of SolAmor Hospice. “And it’s even more exciting knowing that the same process is going on at other sites across the country and that we are a part of a larger initiative. It is very rewarding.”
Each year, SolAmor employees located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio and Oklahoma garner support from area businesses to collect traditional Thanksgiving holiday food items like cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans and stuffing as part of its Thanksgiving tree food drive. A tree full of leaves—each one representing a meal item that is needed for a family in need—is placed at partnering businesses and the leaves are selected by those that wish to participate.
Cavallo originally came up with this idea in 1985 where he served as an executive in the electric utility industry in Union Beach, New Jersey. He has supported it ever since and it is estimated the Thanksgiving Tree program has provided more than 60,000 individuals with a thanksgiving dinner that would not have been able to afford it without the program. Over the past 25 years, the program has continued to grow throughout the United States.
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