Posted on Aug 17, 2019
Joanne Deck was the guest speaker with the Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village Friday morning. She is employed with the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care as the Manager of Volunteer Services. She talked about hospice and the services they provide.
Hospice is a special way of caring for people of all ages who face a life-limiting illness, by offering comfort and quality of life. Hospice is tailored to the needs and wishes of each patient and their family.
Joanne mentioned the Hospice Care Team consists of Registered Nurse, Hospice Physician, Medical Social Worker, Home Health Aide, Trained Volunteers, Chaplains, Bereavement Counselor, Hospice Care, and Serenity House, a residential house serves patients and families who are unable to receive services at home.
 
Joanne manages and oversees the volunteer which involves recruitment, training, and assigning them to patients. They serve the Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez Valley communities and are always seeking volunteers.
 
She mentioned how this non profit organization is funded through Medicare. For services to continue, they are required to have volunteers on staff. There is a formula based on the number of patients, hours, and staff.
 
She pointed out the importance of having an Advance Directive, which is a legal document that explains how you want medical decisions about you to be made if you are unable to make decisions. She said starting at age18 is a good time to fill out the paperwork. Everyone should have this document on file.
 
One Rotarian in the club uses their services and they do an outstanding job for those who need to be cared for.
 
The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village and Guests thanked Joanne for a very informative talk.
 
For more information about hospice and their services, visit https://www.vnhcsb.org
 
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