PORT RICHEY — Many people don’t plan ahead for their care for when they get elderly. So some hospice officials tried a new venue to reach local seniors.
Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care held its inaugural spotlight at the Gulf View Square mall. The event consisted of the panel from Community Resource Partnership, vendors, a pinning ceremony for veterans, raffles, a puppet show and a presentation about hospice myths.
Scherei Hart, the Gulfside manager of provider services, said that the event connected people with local resources. “Trying to educate Pasco and what Pasco has to offer in terms of healthcare,” Hart said.
The first part of the event was a question and answer session with a panel of speakers from the Community Resource Partnership.
The speakers on the panel were: Tina Costa from Arcadia Home Care and Staffing; Michelle Manzo-Lembo from Always Best Care Senior Services; Carla Lindine from the Alzehimer’s Association; Alicia Scott from Gulfside Hospice; and Michael Osadchey from Lasting Legacy.
Speakers discussed many topics, including Medicare, financing, housing, and support for seniors.
“We can help make you aware of services and programs,” Manzo-Lambo said. “Help connect you to resources.”
“Educate yourself. Know it’s okay to ask questions,” Costa said. “You have to learn about the industry and what questions to ask.”
Gulfside Hospice is involved in the program “We Honor Veterans,” which focuses on helping and educating hospice workers about how to help veterans who come to their facilities.
For those who achieved the highest level in the program, Gulfside had a pinning ceremony to honor veterans who attended the event. They pinned eight veterans, both young and senior, including two that were also hospice volunteers.
Each speaker on the panel had a vendor booth, as well as Iced T’s Rhinestone Apparel, PNC Bank, Family Fitness, Max Care Pharmacy, Real Time Pain Relief and Tony the Balloon Guy.
Another part of the event was the children’s friendly puppet show. The Gulfside Hospice puppet show won an award from the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The puppet show won the 2013 Award of Excellence in program innovation community outreach.
The grief and loss puppet show is put on by the Mending Hearts Children’s Bereavement Program. The show followed two friends going through the range of emotions and steps to take when one of their friends passed away.
For more information about Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care, call (800) 561-4883(800) 561-4883.