Events & Happenings

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others."
Mahatma Gandhi


Virtual Lunch & Learn Series

Companions for the Journey:
Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Serving the High Country
September 9, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
via Zoom

A general overview of resources available. Presented by Erica Andrews, BS, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Deep Dive into AIM: Palliative Medicine
September 16, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
via Zoom

An in depth explanation of palliative medicine. Presented by Donna Tate, FNP, Nurse Practitioner

Starting the Conversation
September 23, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
via Zoom

Interactive discussion to equip participants to have conversations with loved ones about healthcare wishes. Presented by Erica Andrews, BS, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Advance Care Planning
September 30, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
via Zoom

Explanation of Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney. Receive links to documents or pick up booklet prior to this event. Presented by Erica Andrews, BS, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, and Kathy Eddy, BSN, Clinical & Provider Relations Coordinator

I Just Want to Help
October 7, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
via Zoom

Guidance on how to help those around you grieve...what to say and what not to say. Presented by Kimberly Setzer, MSW, LCSW, Bereavement Coordinator

Becoming a Caldwell Hospice Volunteer
October 14, 2020
12 to 1 p.m.
via Zoom

Overview of volunteer services...what it takes to become a Caldwell Hospice volunteer. Presented by Erica Andrews, BS, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, and featuring a High Country Volunteer Panel

REGISTER for any of these Lunch & Learn opportunities by contacting Erica Andrews at eandrews@caldwellhospice.org, 828.754.0101 or 1.844.MY.JOURNEY. Zoom link will be provided to registered participants. Series is provided by Caldwell Hospice at no cost to participants.


Virtual Book Club

September 16, 2020
7 to 8 p.m.
via Zoom

Caldwell Hospice Serving the High Country and Watauga County Library will partner to offer a virtual book club to discuss the best-selling memoir Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, beginning 7 to 8pm on September 16, 2020. Monica Caruso will facilitate the group.

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world. Now the best-selling memoir of all time, Tuesdays with Morrie began as a modest labor of love to help pay some of Schwartz’s medical bills. Today, the book has sold 17 million copies in more than 50 editions around the world.   (www.mitchalbom.com)

Register for the virtual book club on Eventbrite or contact Erica Andrews at 828.754.0101, 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or eandrews@caldwellhospice.org. Participants will receive a Zoom link for the book club meetings. Limited to 10 participants. To rent a copy of the book from the Watauga County Library contact Monica Caruso at 828.264.8784.


Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss

September 24, 2020
1 to 3 p.m.
via Zoom

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care will offer Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) annual Living with Grief® Virtual Program, Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss, live from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2020, via Zoom. The program will also be available on demand until September 23, 2021. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link and payment code for the CE credits.

This year’s program, Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss, provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

Holistic treatment of individuals who are terminally ill or bereaved should include the needs of the whole person. Yet the most basic of human desires, those that include intimate and sexual relationships, are frequently avoided, dismissed, or unaddressed by healthcare, social service, clergy, and bereavement professionals. Patients, family caregivers and clients can be inhibited by the deeply personal nature of intimacy and sexuality and often do not raise concerns with professionals.

In this program, HFA will identify barriers to intimacy and sexuality for terminally ill persons and the bereaved. The program will emphasize the knowledge and skills that professionals must have to sensitively address intimacy and sexuality and suggest interventions that can help dying and bereaved persons address these elemental human needs.

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and former CNN anchor, will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Carrie Arnold, PhD, FT, MEd, RSW, CCC; Alua Arthur, JD; John Cagle, MSW, PhD; and Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv.

This program will be practical for all levels of professionals—entry level, intermediate or advanced. The information provided will be useful to healthcare clinicians, social service clinicians and others working in hospice, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home, or faith community environments. Two hours of continuing education credits are available at no cost to participants until September 23, 2021, through HFA for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy, and more. For HFA’s list of board approvals, go to www.hospicefoundation.org/lwg2020.

The complimentary presentation is provided as part of Caldwell Hospice’s community grief support services because of their belief that it can improve quality of life. Registration is required by September 23, 2020. To learn more about this program or to register, contact Lisa Caviness, Public Relations/Marketing Specialist, at 828.754.0101 or prc@caldwellhospice.org.


Advance Care Planning Workshop

October 8, 2020
1:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer an Advance Care Planning Workshop via Zoom at no cost to the community on the second Thursday of each month. The next workshops will be held October 8, at 1:30 p.m.

Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family. Deciding, discussing and documenting your healthcare wishes helps ensure your healthcare wishes are known and honored. It also gives you peace of mind that you have made appropriate preparations. Notary services available by appointment to help anyone who wants to complete their documents. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.


Adult Volunteer Training

October 20, 2020—8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
October 22, 2020—9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
via Zoom

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? Do you have the compassionate spirit needed to be a companion for someone’s journey? In partnership with Caldwell Hospice staff, volunteers serve an essential role in patient and family support, administrative and community support.

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a two-day virtual training in October for adults who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. This training will be held Tuesday, October 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., and Thursday, October 22, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. via Zoom video conferencing. To reserve a spot in the Zoom training, participants must complete an application at www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.

An array of topics will be covered to help prepare attendees to become successful volunteers. Participants will learn about the strong community history and commitment of Caldwell Hospice, the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial issues hospice patients face, and much more from Caldwell Hospice’s staff of end-of-life care experts.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to provide patient and family support. Other specific needs include veteran volunteers to support and make Veterans Honoring Veterans presentations to patients who are veterans.

Attendance is required at each session and meals will be provided. For more information or to register for the October 2020 adult volunteer training opportunity, contact Volunteer Coordinator Cyndi Akins at 828.754.0101, 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or cakins@caldwellhospice.org. You may also register online at https://www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.


Advance Care Planning Workshop

November 12, 2020
1:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer an Advance Care Planning Workshop via Zoom at no cost to the community on the second Thursday of each month. The next workshops will be held November 12, at 1:30 p.m.

Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family. Deciding, discussing and documenting your healthcare wishes helps ensure your healthcare wishes are known and honored. It also gives you peace of mind that you have made appropriate preparations. Notary services available by appointment to help anyone who wants to complete their documents. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.


Advance Care Planning Workshop

December 10, 2020
1:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer an Advance Care Planning Workshop via Zoom at no cost to the community on the second Thursday of each month. The next workshops will be held December 10, at 1:30 p.m.

Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family. Deciding, discussing and documenting your healthcare wishes helps ensure your healthcare wishes are known and honored. It also gives you peace of mind that you have made appropriate preparations. Notary services available by appointment to help anyone who wants to complete their documents. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.