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CCH Thrift Shop Anniversary Celebration

The CCH Thrift Shop opened on April 21, 2013. 37,800 pounds of clothing, 3,000 pounds of metal, 3,200 pounds of books and thousands of dollars of support later, Crater Community Hospice Thrift Shop is celebrating its second anniversary. The celebration will be in full swing on Monday, April 20 with refreshments and a day-long 50% off sale throughout the store.

The CCH Thrift Shop has a three-fold mission: to generate financial support for Crater Community Hospice services, to offer a unique shopping experience with high quality, affordable merchandise to the community, and to provide an accessible place for the community to donate unwanted items.

The Thrift Shop is managed by Karen Sadler and runs with the help of up to 20 volunteers. Every day the shop receives donated items including clothing, books, electronics, household goods, vintage items and gently used toys. Ms. Sadler and her team of volunteers sort through each donation to ensure that only the highest quality items are put in the shop for sale. Unsaleable items are not wasted. The shop donates metal to local churches and cloth materials to recycle businesses which then recycle or repurpose the items. “Our business is one in which virtually nothing goes to waste,” Ms. Sadler explains, “There is a market for almost everything which allows us to provide financial support for hospice services and to help other civic organization.”

The CCH Thrift Shop is open six days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Donations are accepted during business hours with donations of clothing (folded in bags, no hangers, please), household goods, linens, books, seasonal décor, furniture, shoes, antiques & collectibles, small appliances, and jewelry encouraged. The only items not accepted are computers and computer equipment, infant cribs and car seats, exercise equipment, TV’s, office desks and entertainment centers, mattresses and stained or ripped furniture.

Help the CCH Thrift Shop celebrate two years of supporting the CCH’s hospice services by donating unwanted items, stopping by to shop, and by liking the Thrift Shop on Facebook and sharing posts. CCH Thrift Shop is proud to help CCH celebrate life every day.


National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16, 2015 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. This day is dedicated to inspiring, educating and empowering the public and providers about the importance of planning for your end-of-life care. Planning for end-of-life care is more than deciding what care you would or would not want. It starts with clarifying your values, identifying your care preferences, expressing your preferences to your loved ones and physician, and finally choosing an agent to express your decisions when you are no longer able.

Too many people assume they have time to plan their end-of-life care and put off the self-exploration and conversation involved in preparing the necessary documentation. In hospice care we often see families at the bedside of a seriously ill loved one who is nearing the end of life, each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient wants.

Crater Community Hospice is proud to join the national effort to provide the information and opportunity for all adults to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. We encourage you to include hospice care as part of your healthcare plan. Hospice can provide information about care options and choices to ensure you live as fully as possible throughout your entire life. Hospice also provides support services to your family and loved ones.

Whatever you determine your wishes to be, we encourage you to complete an end-of-life planning document this National Healthcare Decisions Day. Take this opportunity to discuss your wishes with family members (and learn what their wishes are) so that you are prepared for the future.

There are many online resources for obtaining an Advance Medical Directive. Links can be found on the National Healthcare Decisions Day website or you can download information specific to Virginia from the Serious Illness/Richmond website.

If you need additional information, please contact Crater Community Hospice (804) 526-4300.

National Healthcare Decisions Day
by Brenda Mitchell, MSN,APHN-BC,RN,CHPN,CHPA
Chief Executive Officer, Crater Community Hospice

It’s Time to Have “THE TALK”

by Brenda Mitchell, MSN,APHN-BC,RN,CHPN,CHPA
Chief Executive Officer, Crater Community Hospice

Are you a one or a five? Or do you fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to wanting medical treatment at the end of your life?  While this isn’t an easy question to answer, it is an even harder question to ask a loved one who is already living with a serious illness. No matter how difficult, it is an important question to answer so that we can die the way we have lived – with intention and in the manner that WE have chosen. By answering this question and others , you are giving your loved ones the gift of advance care planning. If you have not done advance care planning, it’s time to have “THE TALK.”

Advance care planning is the process that allows individuals the opportunity to determine their goals for end-of-life medical treatment based on their personal values and beliefs surrounding illness and death. It also allows individuals the chance to communicate their wishes with their loved ones and primary care physician and to name a proxy (someone who will make health care decisions when you are unable.)

Advance care directives come in two main forms: a “Healthcare Power of Attorney” which documents the person you select to be your proxy; and a “Living Will” which documents the kinds of medical treatments you would or would not like at the end of your life.

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. As you prepare to make your healthcare decisions, consider these questions:

  1. Where do you fall on the end-of-life medical treatment continuum?
  2. If there was a choice would you prefer to die in the hospital or at home?
  3. Could a loved one correctly describe how you would like to be treated in case of a terminal illness?
  4. Is there someone you trust, whom you’ve appointed, who could advocate on your behalf when the time is near?
  5. Have you completed and shared with your primary care physician and loved ones a Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Will or Advance Care Directive?

The time is NOW to think about these questions for yourself and to have “THE TALK” with your loved ones. On April 16 it will be time to finalize your decisions and become part of National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Five Ways Hospice Can Help

by Brenda Mitchell, RN, MSN, CS, CHPA
Chief Executive Officer

“How can hospice help?” is often the first question we are asked by patients and their family members. At Crater Community Hospice we are quick to reassure that first and foremost we are there to help the patient live life to the fullest. Our team of health care providers and volunteers will work with the patient to develop a care plan that ensures they are comfortable, care free and that their end-of-life experience reflects their wishes.

In general, there are five ways that Crater Community Hospice helps:

We give you COMFORT.  Our team ensures that medication, therapies and treatments all support the care plan that is centered on the patient’s goals. Our services are provided in the home, nursing facility, or hospital. We want to ensure that the patient is as comfortable as possible and that family and friends can visit freely. Hospice helps to ensure the patient’s comfort.

We give you PEACE.  Hospice care is more than physical relief. Our staff chaplain and bereavement specialists help patients and families find peace – emotional and spiritual – during what can be a very difficult time.

We offer JOY.  At Crater Community Hospice we are committed to providing much more than pain management and compassionate medical care. We work with a team of professionals who are available to provide Massage Therapy, Music Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reiki, and Reflexology. Hospice helps to inspire moments of joy.

We give you SUPPORT.  The Hospice team is available 24 hours a day to assist patients and families in times of need. Our volunteers undergo hours of extensive training and are there for the hospice patient and their family. From running errands to providing expert medical care, Hospice offers support for the patient and family.

We give you more Moments.  Hospice care helps to ensure that the patient is able to experience more joy, more love, and more quality of life. The goal of hospice is to offer the patient the ability to enjoy life to the fullest for as long as possible. Hospice offers more moments of life.

If you or a loved one are faced with living with a serious illness, call us. There is a lot we can do to help.


Amazon Donates When You Shop

Amazon will donate 0.5% of many purchases made at www.smile.amazon.com when you designate Crater Community Hospice as the recipient.
Smile.amazon.com is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com.
The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to Crater Community Hospice.
Simply log on to www.smile.amazon.com instead of “just amazon.com” and type in Crater Community Hospice when asked to select a charity to have this option of a 0.5% donation on many purchases.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD about this great  opportunity for Crater Community Hospice! We appreciate your support.

Holiday Grief Support Groups

Crater Community Hospice Holiday Grief Support Groups

Join us to gain support from others who are in a similar situation and discover coping mechanisms and rituals of remembrance that will help you and your family through the upcoming Holiday Season. Click here for more details.




Volunteer Training 2014

CCH Volunteer Training for 2014 will be held Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th 8:30 –  3:30, and Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 8:30 – 12:30.

Fall Memorial Service and Brick Dedication

gardenOur Fall Memorial Service and Brick Dedication will be held at the CCH offices on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to 526-4300.


Five Ways That Hospice Helps

The vast majority of Americans say what they want at the end of life is to die in their own homes, as comfortable and pain free as possible. The hospice philosophy is about making sure that a patient’s death experience reflects their wishes. To learn the five ways that hospice helps to deliver this, click here.

Hospice makes more meaningful moments possible. Hospice is showing the world that hospice is about more than care for the dying. Hospice and palliative care can make more meaningful moments possible, even when a person is facing a serious or even terminal illness. To see the difference this person-centered care can make, watch these families’ stories.