To work in hospice, you must be a one of a kind person; someone who puts everyone’s needs above yours. A hospice worker’s selfless actions and open heart filled with generosity and care makes an end of life experience for families more comfortable. Today, Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery showed appreciation to all hospice caregivers at our 3rd Annual Hospice Caregivers Award Luncheon.
The day began with a complimentary expo for the hospice caregivers in attendance to take a moment to care for themselves – which as we know isn’t done often. The expo offered makeup samples, jewelry, chiropractic massages, yoga and fitness information, and delicious desserts. After giving them time to unwind, we began our luncheon where each monthly hospice caregiver winner was recognized for their devotion, and being a shining light of comfort to their patients.
We also announced our Annual Hospice Caregiver Award Winner, Pat Bull from St. Anthony’s Hospice. Each of our winners is chosen through a panel that looks for someone who embodies the following characteristics:
- Communicating sensitively with patients and loved ones
- Listening carefully, showing empathy and instilling hope
- Respecting patients values, culture, choices and decisions
- Understanding the significance of patients’ families and community
After reading aloud Pat Bull’s nomination at the luncheon it was clear to see she exceeded all our expectations of the meaning of compassionate care.
“Pat is the most inspiring individual and caregiver that we know. She is a true asset to our unit of oncology/neuro. Pat knows her true calling. She works here and continues to volunteer at St. Anthony’s Hospice. Pat has so much compassion and empathy for every patient that she comes into contact with, and when caring for hospice patients she demonstrates with compassion and sensitivity the pleasure that she has when providing care to hospice patients on their final journey.
Pat is also an asset to the Life Review Program with St. Anthony’s Hospice. She volunteers many hours coordinating everything, and does the interviewing and filming before delivering it to the individual that does the editing. Then when the editing is done Pat delivers the finished product to the family. Previously Pat was the facilitator of the young widows group at St. Anthony’s, she definitely empowered the women, and illustrated positive ways to address their grief after the loss of a spouse. Pat demonstrates everyday through her compassion and empathy what a true caregiver should do. In all our years of caregiving there has been no one who has inspired us more. Pat is such a remarkable, compassionate, and empathetic individual. We feel blessed to call Pat part of our team.” – St. Anthony’s Hospital
The work a hospice professional takes on is truly inspirational, and we carry so much gratitude in our hearts. Our luncheon today was a token of thanks and appreciation for what they do each day to go above and beyond for the families they serve.
For more information on our Monthly Hospice Caregiver nominations, please click here or call Kelly Karavousanos, LPC, CT at 636-328-0878.