Special Programs with Hospice East Bay

Our friends in the community, including our amazing volunteers, make it possible for us to offer many special programs that bring comfort to our patients and their families. Our bereavement department and our retail operations provide additional services.

This program focuses on delivering personalized music to patients with moderate to severe dementia. Volunteers create a personalized playlist, identified by each patient’s family members as significant in the patient’s life, load this playlist onto an ipod, and share with the patient using headphones.

Inspired by the documentary "Alive Inside", which describes a music program focused on delivering personalized music to patients with moderate to severe dementia, the Volunteer Department at Hospice East Bay became a certified member of the Music and Memory Foundation in order to bring this program to our patients.

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Music is a very powerful therapeutic tool because it involves many different areas of the brain. The musical experience activates the neural centers for speech, memory, movement, emotions and executive functioning. Music therapists use music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients improve their symptom management, emotional development, quality of time spent with loved ones, and quality of life.

Our clinical team includes a board-certified Music Therapist to address complex medical symptoms that lie beyond the scope of the Music & Memory program.

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Children and teens grieve differently than adults. The way young people express their grief can be confusing to those around them, increasing their feelings of isolation and despair. For this reason, their unique needs often go unnoticed or are misunderstood by adults in their lives who are often grieving as well.

Hospice East Bay's Bridge program supports children and teens through art, play, talk and peer support. Families may attend for as long as needed. There is a parent/guardian support group offered at the same time as the child/teen support group.

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Respite for caregiving family members provides a much-needed, temporary break from the often exhausting challenges they face. Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and well-being and avoid or delay out-of-home placements. Studies have shown, not only can families suffer economically and emotionally, caregivers themselves may face serious health and social risks as a result of stress associated with continuous caregiving.

Many of our families cannot afford to pay for respite care on their own due to economic hardships. Hospice East Bay has outside support for two Respite Funds.

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When it becomes clear that a patient may be alone at the end of life, perhaps because their family cannot be at the bedside, hospice staff may request a Vigil when the patient transitions to actively dying.

Vigil Program Volunteers work at the bedside of actively dying patients. These specially trained volunteers help Hospice East Bay support its patients every step of the way by bringing relief to family members who are unable to be present for the death of their loved one. Most importantly, they help to ensure patients that they are not alone.

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It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans.

To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Hospice East Bay has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Pet Pal Volunteers and their pets have been visiting Hospice East Bay patients and their families since 2008. They go through a meticulous certification with Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation to fulfill their therapeutic roles and offer companionship, comfort and joy.

"Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows the enormous love and acceptance pets provide. They love us unconditionally," says Joe Lumello, Bereavement Program Director for Hospice East Bay. "For people who are in hospice, the comfort pets provide can be especially beneficial. Put as simply as possible, pets make people feel good."

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Liquidating an estate can be a difficult and emotionally challenging task. Hospice East Bay can help by providing reliable estate clean-out services. Hospice East Bay will meet with the estate liquidator (at no charge), determine value and scope of the cleanout, inventory all items for donation, and schedule a cleanout date.

On the scheduled date, we will transport all donations to the Hospice Thrift Shoppes, haul trash to waste disposal (disposal fees charged to the estate), and provide tax-deductible receipts for all donated goods. We will leave the home empty and ready for cleaning.

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At Hospice East Bay we take our mission of compassionate care seriously and are always open to new opportunities that will reduce the stress that end of life care can sometimes bring. With this goal in mind, we created our new Volunteer Tuck-In program.

This program has been designed to ensure that each of our patients and families receive the supplies and medications needed on weekends when their regular assigned staff members will not be routinely visiting.

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Every few weeks, during the fall and winter months, we receive large bags stuffed full of quilts. These quilts have been lovingly made by the Scrappy Quilters, a group that has been meeting regularly since 1993 at the Mt. Diablo Education Center in Pleasant Hill.

Many of the quilts delivered to us find their way to Bruns House, our inpatient care facility in Alamo. They are carefully laid on the beds of each of the six private rooms, warmly welcoming new patients.

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