What is Hospice Care?

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is something that most people do not spend a large amount of time thinking about. As such it can be confusing when you find yourself in a situation where doctors are beginning to speak about hospice or palliative care. You may find yourself wondering what is hospice care and what are its purposes? How does it help? Does it […]

Self-Care During Lockdown

Self-Care During Lockdown

Everyday there are thousands of caregivers in the US that are struggling with their own feelings, their own needs, along with their stress and anxiety, in helping to care for loved ones who need full time care. A common misconception is that volunteer hospices, like Sierra Hospice, are solely focused on the hospice patient. While we are, of course, here […]

Progression of End of Life Care

Progression of End of Life Care

In the time that I have been working with Sierra Hospice I have found that, thankfully, most people do not have much experience with hospice. We provide help, comfort, and care to families and patients when someone has entered a stage where they are no longer receiving treatment. This can often be confusing or seem counterintuitive, especially if you have […]

Labyrinth New Location

Labyrinth New Location

Recently Sierra Hospice was able to move our Labyrinth from the Seneca Hospital grounds to the nearby Chester Cemetery. We are very excited to have the new location open to the public now. A Labyrinth, for those that may not know, is a form of walking meditation. It is designed to be a bit of maze that allows the users […]

Hospice without Physical Contact

Hospice without Physical Contact

Since Sierra Hospice first started back in 1981 the phsyical connection between our volunteers and patients, as well as their families, has been a major part of what we do. There is no real substitute for human contact, and in helping to bring patients to a calm and peaceful end we are always relying on our ability to connect both […]

Stay Safe Caregivers

Stay Safe Caregivers

What, really, more can be said about what is happening surrounding the coronavirus at this moment? We are all likely pretty well saturated with the news and information at this point, and things change so fast it is hard to keep up. It can be scary, it can be frustrating, it can be a constant nerve racking cycle. Yet it […]

Heart-filled Holidays

Heart-filled Holidays

Valentine’s Day is here and we at Sierra Hospice wish you a wonderful day filled with good feelings. If you are a caregiver you may be wondering what sort of things you can do to make this Valentine’s day special for the person you are caring for. It is difficult, sometimes, to know what to do on the holidays when […]

Palliative Care and Hospice Care Infographic

Palliative Care and Hospice Care Infographic

While these are not the only differences, this handy chart should be helpful in understanding some of the basic differences between Palliative and Hospice care. Palliative care does sometimes, but not always, become Hospice care, while Hospice care does sometimes, but not always, become Palliative care. It is good to understand the differences but also important to understand that it […]

Volunteering in 2020

Volunteering in 2020

A new decade is upon us and with it are so many new opportunities. There are so many things that you could be, that you could change, that you can fight to keep the same as we move into the Second Roaring Twenties. Many of us get very optimistic around this time of year, we want to make improvements to […]