Our Mission

Clarehouse provides 
a loving home,
quality end-of-life care
and access to
hospice services
to people in need.

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January 11, 2017

February 8, 2017

March 8, 2017

ELNEC Classes will begin again in February! Contact Amy for more information.

Volunteer Inservices are generally held on the 4th Thursday of each month.

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Did you know....
With your help, we've served 314 guests so far in 2016! That's 2,830 days of loving care for dying people in need. 
Thank you for partnering in this mission of compassion.
INSIGHT  & IMPACT
     
     In October, we hosted our annual publ ic education series, Dying Dialogues, in collaboration with  Tulsa City County Library   Phillips Theological Seminary   and  Arts Alliance Tulsa . Our four organizations came together to promote the hard conversations we all need to have.
     "This year's series focused on an interactive public art project, the "Before I Die..." wall, and three presentations that encouraged conversations about deeper experiences of life. Clarehouse and partners gave participants the information and tools to prepare for end-of-life issues." described Jennifer Greb, Central Library Assistant Manager, Adult Services.  "160 people attended over the course of the series, and approximately 1,500 people added their hopes and dreams to the wall, engaging in Central Library's first major interactive community art piece."       
      The "Before I Die..." wall is simply a chalkboard with the words "Before I die I want to  ____." stenciled over and over. P eople need no explanation - they approach the wall, absorb it, and contribute. People of all ages read, ponder, reflect, and write about their hopes, dreams and aspirations. Their words are serious and silly, inspirational and inane, sad and joyous. The library staff described the wall as a magnet, drawing people to it to share their thoughts and soak up the thoughts of others. It is art and conversation at the same time. Special thanks to Pat Annan and Oklahoma Technical College for building the wall!
     The series continued with an evening of vignettes entitled "Death Over Dinner". The contrasting vignettes featured an unprepared family in chaos over the terminal diagnosis of a beloved father and an alternate view of the same family with the benefit of planned discussion and preparation. This moving performance was provided by "Get Real Drama" - Nick Bushta, Karyn Maio, Marla Taylor, Ruth Seefeldt and Meg Hayhurst.
     "We had all experienced a loss in our personal lives and we drew on that as we became the people in the family. Then, we had the blessing of portraying the same family as they went thru the experience of pre-planning," Marla Taylor explained. "Some of us had done parts of this, but none of us had done all of it before. We all learned something new - We learned the importance of gathering the family to discuss things that aren't easy to talk about. We learned that it's easier and less emotional to discuss things if it's done before  the crisis hits. We learned that it's about making sure a person's desires are known and then respected and carried out - even if we don't agree, or it's hard to do."
     In the final night of the series, we provided attendees with a toolkit; a custom-built binder to get organized and to learn strategies and techniques for becoming your own care manager. We are deeply grateful to Betsy Geheb, who shared her personal journey as caregiver to her beloved mother, Dorothy MacDonald.  Together, Dorothy and Betsy created a notebook to support Dorothy's self-advocacy of her choices and values during her illness, decline and death. Many of the documents in the toolkit came from her personal experience. This project became legacy work on behalf of Dorothy, who wanted this vision of managing her own care to be shared with others.
     The wall is mobile, built to travel around our community giving rise to public discussion. If you would like to host the wall, contact  Amy , Education Director at abailey@clarehouse.org. The "Get Real Drama" Group is willing to perform the vignettes in other venues. The toolkits are available for free at Clarehouse. Again, contact Amy. Reach out and make that first step-it's one of the most important conversations you'll ever have.
         Kelley Scott, Executive Director
FOCUS ON

     Volunteers bring these words to life at Clarehouse. Earlier this year, Care Assistant Cynthia wrote, "Miracles happen every day. Lives are changed. Mine has been."
     Our guests and their loved ones, partner hospice and medical equipment teams, and our own staff and volunteers experience the peace and dignity offered here. Each volunteer who chooses Clarehouse to serve, embodies the love and warmth we want people to feel-especially those who are walking this final path.
     Volunteers find their own lives enriched by their experiences in this special home. Each volunteer is encouraged to reflect on their experiences and interactions, and to jot notes of the awe-inspiring conversations with guests and visitors. Some of these reflections include comments, such as, "Thank you for letting me make a difference." "I LOVE extending the reach of our Care Team." and "I shared with (guest/family) what an inspiration they had been to all of us at Clarehouse. The guest's reply, 'You have been an inspiration to us as well, and we are praying for you...'"
     Reflect on your own Clarehouse experience. How is your life changed? How might you enrich your new year through different or deeper volunteer service? Choose Clarehouse. Choose to share joy. Call us - 918.893.6150.
Brenda Michael-Haggard, CFRE, CVA
Preparing a New Generation of Nurses     
      TCC's College of Nursing believes in and practices the core values of Caring, Diversity, Collegiality, Integrity, and Excellence along with our mission of developing competent, caring, graduates who are prepared for rewarding careers, to create a learning environment that fosters excellence, and to be responsive to the needs of the community. Clarehouse as a clinical partner helps us follow our mission and core values and offers our nursing students a robust and different experience on end-of-life care that they do not soon forget.  
     Over this semester TCC Adult Health III had an opportunity to have a presentation from the Clarehouse visionary Kelley Scott as well as tour the facility and learn a little more about this type of residence for end-of-life. In addition, we were able to send students throughout the semester to Clarehouse for their hospice clinical rotation. During the semester, we were able to send nine different students for a one-on-one, in-depth clinical rotation. The students really got a lot out of this experience and commented on the quality of care and the service Clarehouse provides to the community at large. Thank you Clarehouse for the opportunity to collaborate and give our students a wonderful experience!
Rachel Bright, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Tulsa Community College
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