My work was my life. After taking early retirement, I had no focus or routine, and my illness made it difficult for me to leave home or meet new friends. I was struggling not just with my diagnosis but with loneliness and depression. I needed something to keep myself busy and engaged, and my husband, [...]
Carol with Hospice Day Program client, Darlene For me, volunteering for Pilgrims Hospice Society as a massage therapist is all about the people. Offering a bit of comfort and a listening ear to those who are going through incredibly tough challenges. Massage can play an important part in end-of-life care, providing comfort [...]
…Christmas! And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with homemade gingerbread! We rolled, we cut, we baked, and after some quality assurance testing, were ready for some little friends to come by and decorate. What a great surprise later, to find beautiful ice sculptures built outside! A huge thank you [...]
Staying warm this fall was made easier with ten furry kittens to curl up with! These cuddly balls of energy explored every nook and cranny of our Day Program Room last week, entertaining clients, volunteers and staff alike. We can’t thank Crystal enough, from For All Animals Rescue Society (F.A.A.R.S.), for bringing such delight [...]
Some clients in our day program had never touched a paintbrush before coming to Pilgrims, but with some instruction and encouragement, they are finding joy, confidence and increased self-esteem through artistic expression. Many initially assume they can’t participate because they’re in a wheelchair, have weakness in the limbs, arthritis, or lack of experience. By adapting [...]
Thank you F.A.A.R.S. for sharing your beautiful bunnies with us! Pet therapy has the amazing effect of making our clients feel calmer, happier, and less anxious.
There’s nothing quite like the smell of rich, dark soil. It’s something many of us are familiar with and one that many of our day program clients miss. Since many clients no longer have access to their own garden, we decided this year to create a gardening experience for them, in the form of [...]
Pilgrims Hospice Day Program celebrates Tom's 102 Birthday