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Moments that Mattered
  • In 2019, close to 50 people made Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth their end-of-life home.
  • Our Social Room – a gathering spot for families – now has a piano generously donated by local musicians and piano teachers Ruth & Ron Moir!   ur amazing Hospice volunteers, Troy and Chris moved it in after finishing up their shift at the Stratford Fire Department. Feel free to tinkle the ivories next time you’re here! 
  • Our sincerest thanks to Dan, Tom and team at Festival City Glass & Tint for adding frosting to the window panels of our Conference Room - FREE of charge!  In their words, they are part of this community and recognize the important role Rotary Hospice has played and will play in so many lives.
  • Our Kitchen Coordinator, Michael, frequently gets stopped in the grocery store by those who have enjoyed his homemade soup while visiting a loved one in our Hospice.  Given this, it was an easy decision to participate in the Alzheimer Society’s 25th Annual Soup’s On! It was a fun way to raise awareness of our Hospice and help raise funds for a very worthwhile local organization. 
  • Our sincerest thanks to all the wonderful members of the Huron Perth Quilters' Guild who recently presented us with the last of their 12 donated quilts. These handmade works of art help make the Hospice feel a little bit more like home. 
  • Our Lights of Love campaign honoured the memories of many people who are missed by their loved ones. Our sincere gratitude to those who participated.  For those still wishing to make a donation, the campaign will conclude on Feb. 14th.
“I was a visitor over the last couple of weeks with a dear friend there in the last weeks of her life. The hospice is such a blessing and support to the community. The staff and volunteers are all so kind and compassionate and skilled. What a beautifully serene and well-equipped facility. A deep thank you for all that you and your team gives everyday.”
 
Volunteers serving Hospice soup at Soup's On
Installation of frosting on conference room windows
Volunteers moving in the piano
Hospice at night with Lights of Love lit
Boots & shoes at the Hospice front door
In the words of one of our reception volunteers, "Many shoes, many lives touched." 
Monthly Giving...

"I strongly believe in having hospice care in our community.  I was thrilled to hear about a hospice being built in Stratford and I was more than happy to know that my friend (and her husband) were well cared for. His final hours were made very comfortable and this greatly heartened her.  I am proud to become a monthly donor.  I think of it as a very honourable cause."  Sincerely, Wilma Ferguson.

Rotary Hospice is here to provide care, close to home, at no cost to the resident. Monthly donors, like Wilma, have a significant impact over time.  Monthly donations like hers help create stable funding to meet our annual operating costs. As well, in the words of another monthly donor, "making a monthly donation is easier on our household cash flow" L&B. To make a monthly donation, call our office at 519-508-4900 or visit our website
Looking Ahead - Save the Dates! 

Our Hike for Hospice committee is excited to share that the 6th annual Hike for Hospice will take place on Sunday, June 7th at the Stratford Perth Museum! Our thanks to Ontario Home Health for signing on again as our presenting sponsor!  Full details regarding timing and registration will follow in our next e-newsletter.

The 2nd annual Handbags for Hospice is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th, 6:30- 9:30pm at the Stratford Golf & Country Club. Layne the Auctionista will be returning! Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.
 

For information regarding corporate sponsorship opportunities for either of these events, please contact Lucie Stuart, Fund Development Manager at lucie@rotaryhospice.ca or 519.508.4900 x720. 

Saying Farewell
Memorial floating candle
When a resident passes away they leave the hospice just as they entered: through the front doors. In keeping with the belief that we all deserve respect and dignity, staff and volunteers are invited to form an honour guard as the care of the resident passes from the hospice to the funeral home. Each procession is distinctive depending the wishes of the family, but all are a touching tribute to residents in our care.  A floating candle is lit by a family member as a final gesture of farewell.  
Did you know
...that our Visiting Hospice Volunteer Program offers support for those who choose to spend their last days at home?  A team of highly trained, compassionate and knowledgeable volunteers make weekly visits to clients’ homes.  The focus of these visits is to provide emotional, social and/or practical support to those living with a life-limiting illness as well as support for their caregivers.  To learn more about accessing this service for a loved one, contact our Coordinator of Volunteers by calling
519-508-4900 x730 or emailing referrals@rotaryhospice.ca
CareChannel is a free and comprehensive, educational platform that features over 80 ‘how-to videos’, care guides, and in-class training workshops that is expected to meet the needs of over 1 million caregivers in Ontario. The user-friendly, online platform explores topics from self-care, to demonstrations on how to assist someone with crutches, to dementia care. In the spirit of reconciliation, the program was designed with caregivers who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and caregivers whose first language is English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Punjabi.
 
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