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October 14, 2020
Knowledge is Power, Caregiver Series

A new Caregiving Series is beginning on October 27th, from 10:00-11:30am. This series will be online, via ZOOM, and allows caregivers to learn from home. These classes are brought to you by Pine Tree Hospice, as part of our Caring for the Caregiver series.

Caregiving a loved one with dementia is a complex and highly demanding labor of love. Family members, friends, and neighbors often want to help and are not sure when or how to be of real service. Caregivers can become so overwhelmed that organizing a few hours of respite takes more energy than can be spared.

The demands faced by caregivers can be significant. The more we understand about those challenges, the greater the power we gain to manage them. As months and years pass, physical changes, struggles to communicate, and more, can lead to caregiver exhaustion and serious illness.

There is a lot to learn about the diseases that affect brain health. Sometimes practical, simple, topic-focused information can be helpful. The Knowledge is Power series of online classes sponsored by Pine Tree Hospice has been developed to share practical, topic-specific information using professional resources.

The facilitator for this series will be Cheryl Crabtree, Coordinator of Volunteers & Client Services at Pine Tree Hospice. Cheryl offers this comment about the series, “We hope that family, friends, and caregivers will join us as we try to look at key challenges of caregiving loved ones with dementia. Each class will have targeted goals, short presentation, discussion, and resource recommendations. Join the adventure as we launch this online opportunity to learn how to care for the caregiver.”

The first class in the series is Series Introduction, Tuesday October 27, 10:00-11:30am. This will be followed by Tools for Caregiving, Tuesday, November 10, 10:00-11:30am and Language of Behavior, Tuesday, December 8, 10:00-11:30am Please email Pine Tree Hospice at info@pinetreehospice.org or call 207-802-8078 to register and to access the ZOOM link.
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July 30, 2020
Pine Tree Hospice Graduates New Volunteers

When Pine Tree Hospice set out this March to train a group of new volunteers in Dexter we had no idea what we were in for. After the second in-person class there had to be some re-working due to the concerns surrounding the pandemic and the training was moved to a virtual format. We are proud to announce that we did it and now have a new group of direct care volunteers! It’s something to celebrate; Pine Tree Hospice has been busy, even while the staff continued working from home, we have been able to stay in contact with our clients AND train vitally needed volunteers. In our communities, there are individuals with life-limiting illnesses who need support, caregivers who desperately need respite, and bereaved adults and children who are waiting for Pine Tree Hospice volunteers, and now there are more to call on.

Pine Tree Hospice would like to recognize that this would not have been possible without the collaboration with librarian Liz Breault at the Abbott Memorial Library, Jean Jacobs, Director of Health Services for Dexter, Trampas King, Dexter’s Town Manager, and our many presenters.

Our tagline says, “We can’t add days to your life, but we can add life to your days.” We go to homes and facilities and offer companionship, a listening ear, or respite, adding life to the days of those in need. Pine Tree Hospice services are FREE, and there is no physician referral needed. To find out more about us, interested in upcoming volunteer training, or to see if we can be of assistance, please call 207-802-8078.