Heartland Hospice serving Central Maryland is celebrating National Healthcare Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017 by recognizing the important role volunteers play in enriching the lives of hospice patients and their families through the Legacy Project Gift Program.
“The Legacy Project is a patient-centered service provided by Heartland Hospice to allow the essence of each patient to be celebrated and preserved for his or her family and that of future generations,” explains Gordon Creamer, Volunteer Coordinator at Heartland Hospice.
Heartland friendly-volunteer visitor, Elesa Labanz, recently created a Legacy Project gift with a hospice patient in the patient’s home. The gift was a collaborative project between the patient and her family with the intention of leaving behind a cherished token for the family as a legacy of the patient’s love, appreciation and gratitude for her family who had taken care of her for many years. The gift included a framed set of pictures of the patient’s hands and various phrases that capture her essence. “I found much joy in creating the legacy gift for this special patient and family,” said Elesa, “her family can remember her in the spirited way that she lived her life.”
National Healthcare Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by executive order as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. This signature week has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. It also provides an opportunity to thank volunteers, like Elesa, who lend their time and talent to help patients in their journey.