In the News

July 2, 2014
2014 Golf Open Raises Almost $5000 for Pine Tree Hospice

The Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open, which began at Dexter Municipal Golf Course on June 28 and concluded at Foxcroft Golf Club on June 29, raised a grand total of nearly $4900 for Pine Tree Hospice, a volunteer hospice that has been providing vital services free of charge to the surrounding community for more than 25 years. Jim Costedio, Rick Sherburne, Shane Baxter, and D. Richardson led the tournament wire-to-wire and comfortably finished with the best gross score. Matt Spooner, Matthew Spooner, George Kousaie, and Donna Kousaie had the best overall net score.

Pine Tree Hospice’s next major fundraiser will be the always-popular Sound Bites event, an evening featuring wonderful food and music. Sound Bites will be held in the Foxcroft Academy gymnasium on Saturday, September 13 from 7-9 pm.
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April 2, 2014
What Do I Say or Do?


 Val Walker, author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin, 2010), will be the guest speaker at Pine Tree Hospice’s community forum on how to support and communicate with individuals who are going through serious illness, bereavement, or other difficult life circumstances.

Val Walker provides training in the art of comforting at hospitals, universities, government agencies, and businesses. Her articles have appeared in AARP Bulletin, Good Housekeeping, and Whole Living magazines. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, with specialized study in grief, loss and disability.

This free event is open to all community members. Light refreshments will be provided. Join us on May 15th, 6:30-8:30 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center located at 572 Bangor Rd, Dover-Foxcroft. Please call 564-4346 to register or for more information.
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March 17, 2014
Hospice Variety Show to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

 The 2014 Pine Tree Hospice Variety Show, taking place on Friday, April 25th at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre, will be the 20th Anniversary of the popular annual celebration. As always, the evening will be filled with talented local performers who donate their skills in support of Pine Tree Hospice. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary, Jane Stitham, Executive Director of Pine Tree Hospice, states that the show will be looking to past shows and looking to the medical community for performers. “Originally, the Variety Show was performed entirely by members of the medical community and their families to benefit Pine Tree Hospice. Over the years, the show has expanded to feature talented individuals from around the community. But to celebrate our 20th, we wanted to bring back some of the platinum acts from years past and new favorites as well. We’re especially looking forward to some of the acts from the staff of Mayo Regional Hospital who are major supporters of both Hospice and the Variety Show.” Returning to MC the show this year is local favorite Dr. David Frasz, and Stitham says there will be other favorites announced as the show gets closer. Stitham also says that they are still looking for new performers from the medical community and she encourages anyone who is interested to contact Hospice at 564-4246. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this enjoyable evening.

The mission of Pine Tree Hospice is to honor life and offer comfort with dignity to people of any age living with a progressive life-limiting illness. Pine Tree Hospice educates and supports its volunteers and staff to maintain a high standard of care, and responds to care-giver, family and community needs for continued bereavement support. Since its founding in 1985, Hospice has developed a wide range of programs and services targeted to its mission including Respite Care, Transportation, Education, Patient and Family Advocacy, Bereavement Support and more. For more information on Pine Tree Hospice, please call 564-4346.
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March 11, 2014
Depression in the Caregiver


 Caring for a loved one is a rewarding, experience, yet it can lead to stress and depression. Pine Tree Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver” series is hosting a ‘Depression in the Caregiver’ workshop which will explore the signs and risks of caretaking as well as where to turn to for help. Valerie Sauda, who is an ANCC certified gerontological nurse, will start the morning by discussing the clinical signs and prevalence of depression, highlighting caregiver risks, red flags to watch for, as well as suggestions for keeping the caregiver healthy.

After a healthy lunch provided by Pine Tree Hospice, Josephine Cirrinone, LSW, CCP, and Theresa Boettner, a Family Caregiver Specialist through Eastern Area Agency on Aging, will discuss caregiver resources within the community and throughout the surrounding areas.

Please join us April 2, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mayo Regional Hospital’s Resource Center in the Sebec/Borestone rooms for this free workshop. Pre-registration is recommended. Please call 564-4346 for more information or to register.
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February 24, 2014
Is it Time to Give Back? Consider Becoming a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer!

Do you have some spare time? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to offer a series of volunteer trainings this spring. These trainings will provide the knowledge and skills to equip you to help people in our community who are coping with a life-limiting, progressive illness. Trainings are arranged into three segments. The first segment, called the “Core Training”, provides the foundation for both direct care and bereavement work. Once volunteers complete this 11-hr. segment they can choose to take the 9-hr. “Direct Care Hospice Volunteer” segment, or the 14-hr. “Bereavement Facilitator” segment, or both.

All prospective volunteers must take the “Core Training” segment, scheduled for: Friday, March 14th, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 15th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Those who are interested in becoming a Direct Care Hospice Volunteer will continue with the next segment as follows:  Friday, March 21st, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 22nd, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The dates and times for the Bereavement Facilitator segment will be announced at the Core Training. To discuss volunteer options or to register for the Pine Tree Hospice volunteer trainings, please call 564-4346.
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February 5, 2014
Ward off the Winter Blues with some Complementary Care!

Pine Tree Hospice is calling all caregivers past or present, personal or professional! This event is designed to provide a time to be cared for and to relax. In the morning enjoy coffee, tea and baked goods while Gayle Worden, the Executive Director of Friends of Community Fitness in Guilford, provides a presentation about yoga. Gayle’s presentation will be followed by an optional yoga class and a demonstration of Thai bodywork. After a lovely lunch by Lulu’s Catering, the afternoon session will offer an opportunity for you to enjoy personal pampering with activities such as massage, Reiki, manicure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and craniosacral therapy! Please join us February 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road. To register for this free event please call 564-4346 for more information.
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June 30, 2014
Dementia Care Series

 A six-part series of workshops on caring for someone with dementia will begin on Tuesday, September 16th, 6-8 P.M. at the Mayo Hospital Resource Center and will continue each Tuesday evening through October 21st. Wynona Randall, a Pine Tree Hospice volunteer, will be presenting this informative series that addresses communication, understanding dementia, personal and family care. Aging can present challenges and afflictions for seniors that are beyond our control. Maybe you’re noticing that grandpa is forgetting conversations that you’ve just had, or that mom is starting to get confused and is misplacing things more frequently. Perhaps you are noticing that your elderly loved one is becoming more irritable and experiencing increased difficulty communicating or performing everyday tasks. These are all possible signs and symptoms of dementia. This workshop will provide support and information for those who would like to gain a better understanding of dementia and who are living with or caring for someone with dementia, either professionally or personally. Enrollment will be limited, so please call to register early.
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