these services, theirs was most in accord with
navigating the final stages of life. Patients'
comfort is the primary concern, palliative
rather than curative care. Medical equipment
commonly seen in hospital rooms is not there;
medication is given to ease suffering. Medical
professionals are available 24/7 to assess and
attend to patients' needs.
with residents and those close to them.
Household tasks, companionship and shopping
are just a few of the functions they fulfill.
Many of these individuals have had a loved
one in hospice care and wish to give back
some of the kindness and consideration they
experienced. Volunteer training is conducted
by Stella Maris professionals.
House? First, an individual and his or her doctor
make the decision that the time is appropriate.
Ms. Dean-Crabtree expressed the importance
of doctors' making early referrals to allow all
accept the dying process. Spiritual and grief
counselors as well as volunteers and trained
staff offer valuable support and guidance during
this special time.
stages of a life limiting illness, with six months
or less to live, is eligible. As for costs, most
insurance covers the
fundraising efforts are aimed. Ms. Dean-
Crabtree hopes that Harford County citizens
will step forward, as other communities have,
with charitable donations of goods and funds
to reduce operating costs and the expense of
residency. In addition, the
"[Hospice] is the least utilized service that
offers the highest quality of care when a family is
most in need of it." For more information about
Marianne Yannerell, Director of Volunteer
contact Lisa Stone, Sr. VP of