In addition to providing patients with physical, emotional and spiritual support, Circle of Life offers unique programs like Lifetime Reflections, Petals for Patients and End of Life Wishes to enrich the patient’s final days by celebrating their memories and making new ones.
Conversations about life, death and everything in between – and preserving special memories – is the purpose of our Lifetime Reflections program. Upon request, a Circle of Life trained volunteer will meet with a patient to capture life stories and to archive the history and legacy of a hospice patient. A DVD of the interview is made available for the family and patient.
Culturally Sensitive Care
Bi-lingual employees are specially trained to work with patients to develop unique care plans by incorporating cultural and other needs of the patient and family. Good communication is an important aspect of hospice patient care, so we are able to communicate in a manner that is most comfortable for everyone. We also provide our literature and critical documentation in Spanish and Marshallese.
No One Dies Alone
Circle of Life’s goal is to provide companionship and support for dying individuals so that no patient ever dies alone. To accomplish this, trained volunteers are notified when patients are passing away without loved ones by their bedside. The companions stay with the patients, rotating shifts, to ensure they are not left alone in their final moments. During the shifts, the volunteer can talk to the patient, hold his or her hand or just serve as a caring presence in the room.
Petals for Patients
With the support of local florists that donate flowers to Circle of Life, Petals for Patients helps to brighten the rooms of our hospice patients. The flowers give them something pleasant to talk about and always brings a smile to their face. Circle of Life is happy to receive floral donations of lightly used flowers from large events such as weddings, corporate galas, fundraisers or memorial services.
End of Life Wishes
Angels Paying It Forward
The Angels Paying It Forward group was created to empower women to make a difference in the lives of our hospice patients. This fund is used to fulfill special end-of-life wishes. Angel funds could be used for a horseback ride, a birthday cake, a Razorback game or even family portraits.
Studies have shown that pet therapy helps to lower a patient’s blood pressure and to decrease stress and anxiety. Our trained and registered Hospet Team members make regular visits both in our hospice homes and in the homes of our hospice patients. Therapy dogs open the door to a connection and can provide comfort. They are an important part of our care team.