Compassion and Care Exemplified

NorthBay Hospice’s compassionate team of professionals cared for 220 patients and their families in 2013. Not only did they elevate their dying patient’s quality of life by relieving pain and symptoms, but they provided much-needed respite, counseling and bereavement support for family members.

NorthBay Hospice and Bereavement volunteers contributed 333 hours of community service, 405 hours of administrative hospice assistance, and 382 hours of patient and bereavement compassionate care—a total of 1,119 hours of service.

Following the death of a NorthBay Hospice patient, care continues. Bereavement assistance, for as long as 13 months, is provided to family members at no charge.  In 2013, Solano County residents met with bereavement staff in excess of 1,300 hours.

NorthBay Bereavement continues to provide grief support for the community.  A new 10-week support class for adults, “Journey through Grief,” was launched, as was an “Adult Suicide Support Group.” Support groups are also offered for teens and children suffering loss.

A Compassionate Care Knitting Circle was formed by a hospice volunteer and quickly attracted a dozen members who continue to meet twice a month, knitting blankets that benefit NorthBay hospice patients.   Drop-in support groups were held in November and December to help those dealing with loss during the holidays.

The Annual “Tree of Memories” event on Dec. 13, 2013, gave more than 150 community residents the opportunity to remember their friends and loved ones.  This event included placing remembrance ornaments on the Hospice Christmas tree.

NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement’s “Dream of a Lifetime” program, which fulfills end-of-life wishes for terminally ill adults, continues fulfilling wishes, with help from generous donors and benefactors.