Entries by Wendy Shumaker

Returning To the In-Person World

By Barbara Goll, BS, Community Education Liaison/Nutritionist The COVID-19 pandemic brought pain, hardship and profound changes in the way we socialize and engage with each other. It made us feel like Bill Murray in the popular 90s movie Groundhog Day, in which his character lives the same day over and…

Superheroes and Friends: Nurses Find Calling in Helping Others

There are careers and then there are callings. For nurses at Homeland entering the profession is not based on earning potential or job benefits; it is founded on a passion to help others. From caring for residents at Homeland Center to home visits, nurses have a unique and extraordinary opportunity…

The Tea Light Candle

This article is reposted with permission. We thank Gabrielle Elise Jimenez, hospice nurse, end-of-life doula, and conscious dying educator, for sharing her experiences at thehospiceheart.net blog._______________ If you could relive just one moment in your life, what would it be? This is one of the questions from the Death Deck…

A Spotlight on Homeland Hospice Volunteers

In every aspect of its work, Homeland Hospice brings a team approach to care. Volunteers are an essential part of this group. Through their unique talents and open hearts, Homeland Hospice volunteers bring friendship and kindness to patients during their end-of-life journey and comfort to families who have lost loved…

Qualities a Caregiver Should Possess

By Barbara Goll, BS, Community Education Liaison/Nutritionist Whether you are looking for full-time care, part-time care or occasional respite care, choosing someone to look after your loved one is a stressful process. It goes without saying that you want someone who can manage the details of the job — like…

Thank you to Homeland Social Workers

By Mary Peters, MSW, LSW, Assistant Director of Social Services, Homeland Hospice As my colleagues, friends and family know, I take Social Work month very seriously. I am a social worker by trade and take a lot of pride in what it means to be a social worker. The definition…

Esther Mutua’s Journey Home

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” For many of us, taking that first step requires the support and guidance of others. Recently, the staff at Homeland Hospice helped Esther Mutua take that first step to secure medical clearance and support…

Random Acts of Kindness ~ A Way of Life

By Laurie Murray, Volunteer Coordinator, Homeland Hospice National Random Acts of Kindness Day is the day to do something special for another person. Scientific evidence shows that doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness has a positive effect. Even the smallest act of kindness…

Pete and Pat Crosson: A Love That Knew No Bounds

Television commercials portray Valentine’s Day as a time of grand gestures with red roses, jewelry and expensive dinners as the manner to express one’s love. Pete and Pat Crosson of McVeytown always knew what really mattered in love and lived everyday like it was Valentine’s Day. The couple demonstrated their…