Events & Happenings

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


Virtual Dementia Tour

September 23, 2019
1 to 3 p.m.
Ashe Services for Aging
180 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson, NC

October 7, 2019
1 to 3 p.m.
Avery Senior Services
1655 Schultz Circle, Newland, NC

October 28, 2019
1 to 3 p.m.
Lois E. Harrell Senior Center
132 Poplar Grove Connector #A, Boone, NC

November 6, 2019
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the Virtual Dementia Tour, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

The Virtual Dementia Tour—a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction—is Your Window into Their World.

*The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia.

Caldwell Hospice is excited to offer the Virtual Dementia Tour to our community. Participants are led through the approximately 45-minute experience in 10-minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Call today for an appointment! Space is limited. For more information, to register or be placed on the VDT waiting list, call 828.754.0101 or email prc@caldwellhospice.org or 828.754.0101.


Advance Care Planning Workshops

September 12, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Caldwell Senior Center
650A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC

September 26, 2019
1:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer two Advance Care Planning Workshops at no cost to the community on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The next workshops will be held September 12, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir, and September 26, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. Join retired local attorney Houston Groome in Lenoir and attorney Hugh Wilson in Hudson for either of these inspiring workshops. “Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family,” says Groome. “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.” Notaries and witnesses will be available to help anyone who wants to complete their documents at the clinic. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.


Healing Hearts Support Group

Wednesdays, September 18–October 23, 2019
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave., NW, Lenoir, NC

A six-week support group for any parent who has experienced the loss of a son or daughter at any age.

Caldwell Hospice is committed to providing community bereavement services to anyone who needs and wants help in coping with their grief, including those with no hospice affiliation. This workshop is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community. For more information about Healing Hearts or to register, call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org


Adult Volunteer Training

October 1 and 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Hospital, Oak Meeting Room
434 Hospital Drive, Linville, NC

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? Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a two-day training session in October for adults who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties. 

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 companionship to patients in the patient’s homes or long-term-care facilities. Other specific needs include volunteers who can provide transportation to doctors’ appointments and shopping excursions for patients, etc., and veterans to visit 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 2019 adult volunteer training opportunity, contact us at 828.754.0101, 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or volunteer@caldwellhospice.org. You may also register online at https://www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.


Good Grief Meal

October 3, 2019
4 p.m.
AJ's Family Steakhouse
314 Blowing Rock Blvd., Lenoir, NC

Open to all people who are experiencing grief and loss. The meal is dutch treat. This informal event provides an opportunity to share food and fellowship. For more information, please call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


I Just Want to Help

Monday, October 7, 2019
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Watauga County Human Services Building
132 Poplar Poplar Grove Connector #C, Boone, NC

Monday, October 7, 2019
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC

A four-week support group that provides an opportunity for creative expression and healing. A new craft will be created at each meeting with crafting materials supplied by Ashewood Grief and Counseling at no cost to participants. Education is provided at each session about the grief process and services available. For more information, or to enroll in either of these limited space groups, please RSVP to 828.754.0101 or ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Advance Care Planning Workshops

October 10, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Caldwell Senior Center
650A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC

October 24, 2019
1:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer two Advance Care Planning Workshops at no cost to the community on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The next workshops will be held October 10, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir, and October 24, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. Join retired local attorney Houston Groome in Lenoir and attorney Hugh Wilson in Hudson for either of these inspiring workshops. “Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family,” says Groome. “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.” Notaries and witnesses will be available to help anyone who wants to complete their documents at the clinic. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.


Adult Volunteer Training

October 14 and 16, 2019
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

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? Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a two-day training session in October for adults who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers in Caldwell and surrounding counties. 

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 companionship to patients in the patient’s homes or long-term-care facilities. Other specific needs include volunteers who can provide transportation to doctors’ appointments and shopping excursions for patients, etc., and veterans to visit 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 2019 adult volunteer training opportunity, contact us at 828.754.0101, 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or volunteer@caldwellhospice.org. You may also register online at https://www.caldwellhospice.org/give-volunteer.


Advance Care Planning Workshop

October 22, 2019
9 to 11 a.m.
Watauga Project on Aging
132 Poplar Grove Connector #A, Boone, NC

Advance care planning is a process to help your loved ones know how to speak for you if you are ever unable to make your own medical decisions. It is planning for the unexpected. Caldwell Hospice will offer an Advance Care Planning Workshop at no cost to the community on October 22, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Watauga Project on Aging, 132 Poplar Grove Connector #A, Boone. 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. Notaries and witnesses will be available to help anyone who wants to complete their documents at the clinic. For more information, or to register, call 828.265.8090.

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advance-care-planning-workshop-tickets-69902992733


Crafting Your Way Through Grief

Tuesdays, October 22 to November 12, 2019
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC

Thursdays, October 24 to November 14, 2019
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Watauga County Human Services Building
132 Poplar Poplar Grove Connector #C, Boone, NC

A four-week support group that provides an opportunity for creative expression and healing. A new craft will be created at each meeting with crafting materials supplied by Ashewood Grief and Counseling at no cost to participants. Education is provided at each session about the grief process and services available. For more information, or to enroll in either of these limited space groups, please RSVP to 828.754.0101 or ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying, and Death in Later Life

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Friday, November 1, 2019
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Watauga Medical Center, AHEC Building
336 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC

Caldwell Hospice, in partnership with Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home, will offer two presentations of Hospice Foundation of America's Living with Grief program—Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying, and Death in Later Life. America is aging at a rapid rate with 10,000 people in the US turning 65 every day. Medicare is expected to include 80 million enrollees by 2040. The vast majority of this growing population will likely face multiple losses—spouse, partner, independence, identity—and complex medical care needs. How can mental health professionals, healthcare providers, clergy, bereavement counselors, and the wider community support the growing number of aging Americans throug their losses and healthcare challenges in later life? Aging America panelists will integrate their expertise to deliver an in-depth discussion on innovative programs and new approaches to support older adults. 2.5 hours of CE credit are available through HFA for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy, and more. There is no cost to participants for CE certificate. CE credits are available until March 11, 2020. Please verify CE availability with your professional board and/or refer to HFA's list of Board Approvals, located at https://bit.ly/2FICsw0. For more information, or to enroll in either of these limited space events, please RSVP to 828.754.0101, 1.844.MY.JOURNEY or prc@caldwellhospice.org.


Coping with the Holidays

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Watauga County Human Services Building
132 Poplar Poplar Grove Connector #C, Boone, NC

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Ashewood Grief and Counseling Services
1002 Ashe Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC

The holiday season can be emotionally stressful when you are coping with a loss. Caldwell Hospice staff will lead a discussion of ways to plan holiday events, remember the missing loved ones, avoid additional stress, and care for yourself during a festive but difficult time. For more information, or to enroll in either of these limited space groups, please RSVP to 828.754.0101 or ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Good Grief Meal

November 7, 2019
4 p.m.
Captain's Galley Seafood
4345 Hickory Blvd., Granite Falls, NC

Open to all people who are experiencing grief and loss. The meal is dutch treat. This informal event provides an opportunity to share food and fellowship. For more information, please call 828.754.0101 or email ashewood@caldwellhospice.org.


Advance Care Planning Workshop

November 14, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Caldwell Senior Center
650A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer an Advance Care Planning Workshops at no cost to the community on November 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir. Join retired local attorney Houston Groome for this inspiring workshop. “Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family,” says Groome. “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.” Notaries and witnesses will be available to help anyone who wants to complete their documents at the clinic. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.


Advance Care Planning Workshop

December 12, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Caldwell Senior Center
650A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care and the Caldwell Senior Center will partner to offer an Advance Care Planning Workshops at no cost to the community on December 12, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Senior Center in Lenoir. Join retired local attorney Houston Groome for this inspiring workshop. “Advance Directives: Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney are gifts to your family,” says Groome. “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.” Notaries and witnesses will be available to help anyone who wants to complete their documents at the clinic. For more information, or to register, call 828.758.2883.