A volunteer recently shared this insight with us:


 
     Fourteen years ago when my dearly loved mom passed, I had no knowledge of what to expect ... and no medical person to guide me through those last two weeks as I never left her bedside.  Hospice was never mentioned and although she was 89 and frail, I had no concept that she was in the active dying process.

     What a different experience it was five years ago when I had the benefit of three months' association with a local hospice.  I had a hospice nurse with me around the clock as she so gently guided me toward that peaceful moment when my 98-year-old dad took his last breath.

     Now, after being a hospice and Clarehouse volunteer and doing a lot of reading, I can better understand the continuum of life.          

                                                                                                    Patsy Bayne

 

     Patsy's experience highlights the intense need for growth in end-of-life care and access for individuals and families.  The message of hope in end-of-life care is about possibility - the opportunities for transforming experiences as one's life draws to a close.  Those may be "bucket list" goals, reconciliation of relationships, a deepening spirituality, or a myriad of very personal and individualized experiences.  However, in the stress and strain of life-threatening illness, accessing these opportunities is nearly impossible without knowledge.  People need information - the truism of "people don't know what they don't know" is spot on in advocating for a dying loved one, navigating the health care system, and preparing for final days. 

 

     The Institute of Medicine (an arm of the National Academy of Sciences) recently released a consensus report of an extensive study entitled, DYING IN AMERICA, Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.  The report comprehensively addresses the challenges in end-of-life care and recommendations for change.

 

     We are deeply committed at Clarehouse to education; education for the general public, health care professionals, and those looking to emulate the Clarehouse model.  Tell us how we can best give you tools you need to care for someone in their final days or invite us to your faith community or civic organization.  Attend our educational programs or a Welcome Wednesday event and bring a friend that may need to know about our services.  Read the IOM report and prepare - not to focus on dying, but to arm yourself with knowledge and resources so that, for whatever time you share with loved ones, you can focus on living. 

Kelley Scott, Executive Director

 

     What a blast!  Best event ever!  Can't wait till next year!  These were comments voiced by guests at October 2nd's Raisin' Cain, A Ballroom Bash.  $235,000 was raised for Clarehouse care, providing for 26 % of the annual care budget.  Our deep gratitude goes to Dr. Jill Warnock and Dr. Jim Geurin, Honorary Event Chairs, and to all the sponsors and donors who made this event such a success.  Scott Gaffen was an energizing presence as emcee for the evening and the dance floor stayed busy as guests enjoyed the music of Mary Cogan.  A good time for a great cause!

                                                                                              Lori Shaw, Event Chair

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     A familiar African proverb declares, "It takes a village to raise a child."   We can rephrase the sentence with the words, "It takes a village to operate Clarehouse."  I am thrilled by the number of corporate volunteer organizations, community groups, and faith based organizations that support the Clarehouse mission.  This year we are fortunate to partner with 18 organizations that perform service as a group or serve on an ongoing basis.  Volunteers and partner organizations supplement the care staff, perform household cleaning and maintenance, assist the administrative staff, and provide special services for guests and families.

 

     Giving back to the community is important to citizens in the Tulsa area, and a great way to do this is by volunteering.   Not only is volunteering at Clarehouse emotionally and spiritually rewarding, volunteers know that their actions will always be remembered by the people they help.  It's even more enjoyable when working alongside friends or co-workers. Partner volunteer organizations have donated 866 hours so far in 2014, demonstrating the popularity of working as a group.

 

     Companies, faith based groups, and community service organizations are able to affirm their commitment to social responsibility, attach positive messages to their brand or business, and enrich their groups experience by partnering with Clarehouse. Opportunities to serve, assignments, and time frame vary widely depending on the size and desired duties of the group.  If your group or organization is interested in learning how easy it is to become involved, contact Mike Douthitt, Support Services Director.

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