In the News

August 12, 2015
Fall Lunch & Learn Series Set to Start in September

For adults who are experiencing grief after a death, either recent or in the past, Pine Tree Hospice’s Lunch & Learn series offers a chance to share a delicious lunch, visit with others who are navigating the challenges of everyday life after the death of a family member or friend, and listen to an interesting presentation on a relevant topic. Topics are often suggested by participants. Lunch & Learn programs are held at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month, starting in September.

This fall’s Lunch & Learn series will begin on Tuesday, September 8th with a presentation by Meg Callaway on the Thriving in Place (TiP) Program. The Lunch ‘n Learn series continues on October 13th with a focus on The Maine Highlands Senior Center in Dover-Foxcroft by Chris Maas. Grief and the Holidays presented by Rev. Ray Beless is the topic for November 10th. The fall programs will conclude with a presentation by Marcia Larkin from Lynx Transportation Services on December 8th.

All Lunch & Learn programs are offered free of charge. Pre-registration is appreciated. For more information or to sign up, please call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org. [return to menu]
August 11, 2015
Pine Tree Hospice Offers Free One-Day Training on “Caring for the Person with Dementia”

Pine Tree Hospice Offers Free One-Day Training on “Caring for the Person with Dementia” As part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver series, Peter Baker, LMSW, Manager of Helpline Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, will present a one-day training titled “Caring for the Person with Dementia”. The training will take place on Thursday, September 10th from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Methodist Church. Lunch will be provided.

The training will begin with an overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Participants will learn about Effective Communication Strategies and find out current best practices on Dealing with Dementia-Related Behaviors. They will also discuss ways in which Caregivers of those with dementia can take care of themselves and avoid burnout. The day will conclude with an Overview of Programs and Services and a time for Q&A.

This program is offered free-of-charge and is open to any community member caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or a Related Dementia, as a family member, friend or professional caregiver. Call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or e-mail at wecare at pinetreehospice.org for more information or to register. [return to menu]
August 5, 2015
Are You Ready?

“A friend of mine became a Pine Tree Hospice volunteer about four or five years ago,” says Yvonne Davis, program assistant at Pine Tree Hospice since 2012. “She is one of the most up-beat, positive people I know, as well as thoughtful and caring. The pleasure she took in enriching her hospice clients’ lives inspired me to find out more about Pine Tree Hospice. In 2012 I had the opportunity to join the staff of PTH and have since then become a PTH volunteer myself. I have had the chance to meet a lot of our volunteers. They are just ordinary people, but what they are able to do for their clients is extraordinary- bringing a little extra happiness into their days.”
Being a hospice volunteer can be rewarding and only a commitment of about 2-4 hours per week is requested. As one of our volunteers has said, “I knew this was something that would be very worthwhile in terms of giving back to the community…You can provide a lot of relief to the family, provide a little entertainment to the individual…Just little niceties for their life…Anyone can do this.”

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. Are you ready to share your talents? PTH volunteers can enjoy time with their clients doing such activities as going for walks or rides, fishing, and cooking together. Other ways of helping include running errands, providing transportation, companionship, preparing a meal, light housekeeping, etc.

Pine Tree Hospice will offer its Core Training, which is the basic training that all hospice volunteers must complete, beginning on Tuesday, September 8, 5:00 – 9:00 P.M., Sunday, September 13, 1 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 5:00 – 9:00 P.M., Thursday, September 17, 5:00 - 9:00 P.M. at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center. This training is free and a complimentary meal is provided. To register for the Core Training, please call 564-4346 or email PTH at wecare at pinetreehospice.org. [return to menu]
July 29, 2015
Don’t Talk to Strangers

As a child most of us were taught, “Don’t talk to strangers.” We learn to value safety as well as privacy and soon learn to protect ourselves from invasion. Many Mainers are fiercely independent and are not comfortable with disclosing much information about their personal lives. But when faced with a devastating life event, such as a death, many people find it helpful to talk about their experience, finding that talking with others who have had a similar experience can be healing. Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Bereavement Support Group provides a safe place for individuals to meet together and support one another in the grief process. Maybe you or someone you know is feeling alone in their grief and loss. Maybe the thought of talking about it with “strangers” is uncomfortable. Maybe it would help to know exactly what happens at a support group meeting.

A support group is a small group of people who share a common experience, who meet together to discuss their experiences, and who provide emotional support for one another. A support group is led by a volunteer who has been trained in facilitating support groups. [This is not like formal group therapy, which is led by a professional therapist who interprets behavior and provides analysis to the member.] A support group is informal and the level of participation (how much you talk) is voluntary. In addition, everything that takes place within the support group is confidential.

Support groups are proven to be a helpful coping tool. Hospitals and community agencies often refer individuals to support groups for the benefits these groups provide. One of the biggest benefits of support groups is helping individuals realize that they are not alone. This is often a huge relief to a person. “Me too!” is a common response of participants. Another benefit is that members of the group can suggest new ways of dealing with challenges, as you realize that others are facing the same things you are. It doesn’t take long for the “strangers” to become peers.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Bereavement Support group meets at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8 P.M. Please call 564-4346 for more information. [return to menu]
July 1, 2015
Pine Tree Hospice Foxcroft Golf Club Open Rain Schedule

Join Trey and Ethan this week at Foxcroft Golf Club. Thanks to Corey's support, due to the rain last Sunday, players have until Sunday night, July 5th, to play at Foxcroft in hopes of winning the fabulous prizes for that leg of our Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open. So call Corey at Foxcroft Golf Club (564-8887) and enjoy a great course while supporting a great cause! [return to menu]
June 16, 2015
Get Ready to Tee Off for a Great Cause

Area golfers will have the chance to enjoy two days of golf in support of a great cause at the 2015 Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open. The 2-day tournament is slated to take place on Saturday, June 27th at Dexter Municipal Golf Course (924-6477) and Sunday, June 28th at the Foxcroft Golf Club (564-8887) with a shotgun start at 8 A.M. and a 1 P.M. flight available both days. Players are encouraged to play both days but are definitely welcome if they are only able to put to use their golfing skills on one of the days!r golfing skills on one of the days!

Teams of four will compete for some great prizes each day of the tournament and for overall tournament winners. Individuals who do not have a foursome but wish to participate are still encouraged to sign up, and we will do our best to put together a team.
Prizes will include 18 holes with a cart at Mingo Springs, 18 holes with a cart and boat shuttle at Mt. Kineo, and 18 holes with a cart at Sunday River Golf Club. A delicious lunch and refreshments will be provided for all participants.

The Golf Open has become a popular yearly fundraiser for Pine Tree Hospice’s services to individuals and families in our area with life-limiting illness. As a volunteer hospice, PTH relies on generous community contributions and grants. Cost for this year’s tournament is $40 per person per course or $75 for the entire tournament (lunches included). Call courses to register and reserve carts. For more information, call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.  [return to menu]
May 6, 2015
Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open

Danny White tees off for Pine Tree Hospice
Danny White tees off for Pine Tree Hospice
Area golfers are invited to dust off their golf clubs after a long
winter to prepare for the 2015 Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open. The 2-day tournament is slated to take place on Saturday, June 27th at Dexter Municipal Golf Course (924-6477) and Sunday, June 28th at the Foxcroft Golf Club (564-8887) with a shotgun start at 8 A.M. and a 1 P.M. flight available both days. Teams of four will compete for some great prizes each day of the tournament and for overall tournament winners. Prizes will include 18 holes with a cart at Mingo Springs, 18 holes with a cart and boat shuttle at Mt. Kineo, and 18 holes with a cart at Sunday River Golf Club. A delicious lunch and refreshments will be provided for all participants.

For several years, Pine Tree Hospice has hosted a fundraising golf tournament. The Golf Open gives area golfers a great weekend of golfing plus a chance to support Pine Tree Hospice’s services to individuals and families in our area with life-limiting illness. As a volunteer hospice, PTH relies on generous community contributions and grants. Cost for this year’s tournament is $40 per person per course or $75 for the entire tournament (lunches included). Call courses to register and reserve carts. For more information, call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.[return to menu]
March 19, 2015
Evergreen Children’s Bereavement Program Announces New Format

Pine Tree Hospice is excited to announce a new series which will meet weekly for six weeks periodically throughout the year. Each session will have a different focus, such as memories, feelings, and coping. An adult/parents group is also available while the children meet.

A death in the family affects every member from the oldest to the youngest. A child’s grief may be expressed in ways that are different from an adult’s. Evergreen is Pine Tree Hospice’s program for children, teens, and their families who are experiencing grief. It provides a safe place for kids to share their experience of grief with others who are also in the process of working through their grief and loss. Trained bereavement facilitators use a variety of activities to encourage expression. Participants may talk about their experience or choose not to talk. Please contact Pine Tree Hospice by calling 564-4346 or e-mailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org to pre-register for the next session. [return to menu]
March 11, 2015
Lisa White Joins Staff at Pine Tree Hospice


Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to announce that Lisa White will assume the role of Coordinator of Volunteer and Client Services on April 1st of this year. Please welcome her as she will be working alongside Betsy throughout the month of March. Lisa is a native of Dover-Foxcroft, and has recently returned in order to be closer to family after several years in Virginia and Maryland. She has a Master’s Degree in Thanatology, which is the study of death, dying, and bereavement.

Last fall she participated in the fall volunteer training and began to serve as a direct care volunteer, bereavement facilitator, and as a member of the Education Committee. Lisa is passionate about caring for families who are facing end of life issues and supporting those who are bereaved. She is also dedicated to educating the community about how we can come together to help one another cope during these difficult life transitions.

“The position of Coordinator of Volunteers and Client Services offers me a new and exciting challenge and opportunity not only to serve families in our communities but also to serve and support the many dedicated volunteers who selflessly serve in numerous ways,” writes Lisa, “I am honored to be a part of Pine Tree Hospice and look forward to working with the staff and volunteers as we continue to strive to meet the mission and vision of Pine Tree Hospice.” [return to menu]
March 10, 2015
Prepare to Care: 5 Steps to a Caregiving Plan for Your Family

On April 9th from 6:00- 8:00 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center, Pine Tree Hospice will present a Caring for the Caregiver event, “Prepare to Care: 5 Steps to a Caregiving Plan for Your Family”. Josephine Cirrinone, Family Caregiver Specialist from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging will present information to assist and educate individuals and families who may be involved in caregiving either now or in the future.

Most people understand that it’s helpful to plan for the future. But when it comes to caring for an aging relative, many families don’t have a plan until there is a problem. Lack of planning doesn’t mean a lack of commitment. Families often avoid discussions about the future because they don’t want to think about changes in the lives of the people they love most.

Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50 – and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. For many of us, our lives will include caring for an aging parent or relative. And as the nation grows older, the need for care giving will be as common as the need for child care.

So, if you have not yet begun to discuss a caregiving plan with your family, it’s not too late. It doesn’t matter who starts the conversation. What really matters is that every family has the opportunity to talk about creating a caregiving plan for their loved ones based on the needs and wishes of those who will be receiving the care.
“Prepare to Care” helps families discuss and create a caregiving plan for yourself, an aging parent, other relative, close friend or neighbor. “Prepare to Care” offers five steps including information on how to get started, questions to ask, and where to find basic resources.

To pre-register for this free event, please call 564-4346 or send an e-mail to wecare at pinetreehospice.org. [return to menu]
January 29, 2015
“It’s All About YOU”: Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for Caregiver Event

“It’s All About You!” will be held on February 21, 2015 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center at 572 Bangor Road, Dover-Foxcroft, “It’s All About You!” is a free event open to all personal and professional caregivers, past and present. Attendees will have the opportunity to have a massage or manicure; and to try reiki, guided meditation, B.E.S.T., acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy and essential oil therapy. A delicious lunch will also be served.

More than 20% of Maine households are impacted by caregiving responsibilities. This translates to one in five Maine families coping with care for a disabled or chronically ill family member or friend. In the United States 90% of long-term care is provided by unpaid caregivers. Many caregivers report having difficulty finding time for one’s self, managing stress, and balancing work and family responsibilities.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver programs focus on addressing the needs of caregivers in our community. So often, these individuals devote their time and energy to caring selflessly for another, often sacrificing their own well-being. Caring for Caregivers events offer support and a little pampering for these individuals. So, caregivers, treat yourself to a little care. You deserve it! Please pre-register for this event by calling 564-4346 or emailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org. [return to menu]