Celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia

Updated 6/25/2018

Last Saturday on April 16, America celebrated an important holiday. National Healthcare Decisions Day was established to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the value of advance healthcare planning for people of all ages and medical histories.

To share this critical message and help raise awareness about this key concern, I issued a press release highlighting the significance of making your healthcare wishes known to your family and loved ones, and urging doctors to discuss advance care planning with patients.

Please read my recent press release below and share it with your friends and family:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Bruce-Dalglish/Philadelphia/prweb13344392.htm

Bruce Dalglish Highlights the Importance of Proactive Healthcare Planning on National Healthcare Decisions Day

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, R. Bruce Dalglish, CEO of Philadelphia area headquartered Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice, today highlighted the importance of advance healthcare planning in preventing unnecessary medical expenses, and ensuring that your healthcare choices are known.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 15, 2016

Founder and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice, R. Bruce Dalglish today celebrated the National Healthcare Decisions Day and highlighted the importance of proactive planning and making your healthcare choices known to family and loved ones.

“Regardless of age and health history, it is important that all of us plan ahead and put our healthcare preferences in writing,” said R. Bruce Dalglish, CEO of Philadelphia area headquartered Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice. “We all want to stay healthy for as long as possible, and no one likes to think of situations where they might become incapacitated to make their own decisions regarding the type of healthcare they want to receive. But unexpected health crises do happen, and that is why we need to ensure that our healthcare choices are known in case of an emergency.”

Bruce Dalglish added: “As we celebrate the National Healthcare Decisions Day, I would like to use my platform to help raise awareness about the importance of advance healthcare planning. I would like to encourage healthcare professionals to start conversations with their patients and help educate the public about the value of advance care planning. Theses conversations can prevent unnecessary medical expenses and save families from having to guess what their loved ones would want in case of a sudden health crisis.”

Celebrated on April 16, the National Healthcare Decisions Day was established to empower and educate the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. The initiative encourages patients and families to discuss their wishes regarding healthcare and make them known to each other and their healthcare providers.

About the Author

A resident of Philadelphia, R. Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.

Meet Lavon Palmer: Inspiring Alliance Hospice Volunteer

By R. Bruce Dalglish

Updated June 25, 2018

If only we could clone volunteers like Lavon Palmer, the world would be a better place. When Lavon is not busy working with her husband in their home improvement company, or spending time with her own family, Lavon spends her free time volunteering for Alliance Hospice.

Since last October, Lavon has been committed to caring for an elderly couple as if they were her own family. The wife, an Alliance Hospice patient, is terminally-ill with Alzheimer’s, and her husband is aging and has problems with his vision.

During Lavon’s visits to the couple’s home twice a week, she takes care of their needs. In addition to doing light housekeeping for the husband so that he can spend some time with his friends, Lavon tends to the wife’s physical and emotional needs.

Lavon wipes the wife’s face with a warm washcloth, and gives her manicures and pedicures. “When I come there, I open up the window and turn on country music for her and she just livens up,” recalls Lavon. “It brings me to tears every time, it’s wonderful. It feels extremely good, feels like my family.”

In addition to visiting with the couple, Lavon calls every day to check in to see if they need anything, and often drives the husband to his own doctor visits due to his impaired vision.

One of the most meaningful parts of Lavon’s volunteering is the special impact she’s made: “When I first went there, she really didn’t have any social skills. But now, when I just look into the room where she is, she just looks at me, smiles and laughs.”

Lavon’s step-daughter is a nurse at Alliance Hospice, and is the one who originally recommended that Lavon look into volunteer opportunities there last fall. Now, Lavon says, “It’s very fulfilling because it’s volunteer work, and not a job that I have to do.”

If you are interested in volunteering for Alliance Hospice like Lavon Palmer, please email: info@alliancehospice.com.

About the Author 

Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.

Spotlight on Alliance Hospice Volunteer – Joe Lewis

By R. Bruce Dalglish

Updated June 25, 2018

It’s not too often that you encounter someone who has that rare selfless quality of committing their time to caring for patients during their end-of-life experience at hospice.   It takes a special kind of strength to invest time in taking care of people that you know are nearing their end-of-life, and nurturing a personal connection with them. At Alliance Hospice in Augusta, we are fortunate to have a very special volunteer by the name of Joe Lewis, who shares heartfelt compassion with our hospice patients.

Joe Lewis has been volunteering his time at Alliance Hospice for nearly four and half years. During that time, Joe has given the gift of compassion to dozens of hospice patients and their caregivers. After retiring from his career as a traveling engineer, Joe looked for something to do. His doctor, who was affiliated with Alliance Hospice, suggested that Joe explore volunteering at Alliance Hospice.

Since then, Joe has devoted much of his time caring for hospice patients. “When I read the bible to Alzheimer patients, I know that I reach them,” explains Joe. “One woman with end-stage Alzheimers was always in constant motion when awake. But when I would read the bible to her, she would settle down with her arms crossed over her chest and feel relaxed, and lay still listening.”

During his visits to nursing homes and personal homes, Joe reads to hospice patients who are not as aware, and connects on a meaningful level with patients in end-stages of illnesses who remain lucid. “Some of it tears at your heart, but I have several good rapports with patients that I speak with,” said Joe Lewis. “I sit and talk to them about the news, what’s been going on, what kind of work they did, things that happened in their lives, whatever makes them happy.”

Joe also provides a tremendous amount of much-needed relief to caregivers by staying with hospice patients for 2-3 hours at a time while their caregivers, often spouses or children, take a break.

Recently, Joe volunteered by helping a retired Baptist minister. “We’d sit and discuss the bible, different stories,” recalls Joe. “We had a good rapport there, it was kind of hard when he passed. He helped me more than I helped him.”

We are always in need of more kind-hearted volunteers like Joe to help us take care of our hospice patients, and I sincerely hope that Joe’s story will inspire others to lend a hand.

About the Author 

Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.