Support groups, in-home volunteers return for hospice services

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 7 July 2022 at 9:08 am

Provided photo: The Rev. Randy LeBaron and Amanda Byron are instrumental in Supportive Care of Orleans’ (Hospice) efforts to restart its support groups.

ALBION – Supportive Care of Orleans – Hospice announced in June it will restart its two support groups and will be encouraging in-home volunteers to return.

“Our hospice services extend to our patients and their loved ones throughout Orleans County, both in our Martin-Linsin residence as well as in the comfort of their own homes,” said CEO Julie Kumiega. “We aren’t just patient focused, we are family focused and here to support you every step of the way.”

Volunteer coordinator/social worker Chris Fancher and social worker Amanda Byron will be leading the Caregiver Support Group at 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month, beginning July 27.

“We know that being a caregiver to a loved one in hospice can be stressful,” Kumiega said. “In-home volunteers and our support groups provide caregivers the assistance and resources they need to be there for their loved one during this time without being overwhelmed.”

Starting this month, Hospice’s Bereavement Group will be led by Byron and the Rev. Randy LeBaron. The first meeting of this group will be at 4 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month, with the first meeting on July 28.

“It is pass time for us to bring these services back to the community,” Kumiega said. “We want you to know we are here for you and we support you, no matter where you are in the hospice journey.”

Supportive Care of Orleans – Hospice is always available for consultation by calling (585) 589-0809.