We appreciate your generous support. Without your donations we would not be able to offer the many compassionate hospice care programs and services below:
Join our growing department as it provides community support to our patients and staff. Funds allow the Volunteer Services department to train exceptional hospice volunteers and expand our volunteer supported programs such as Pet Therapy, Pet Peace of Mind, The Edward F. Tokarski Home and the Transitions Program.
Grief Support Services
We offer free Grief Support Services to anyone in the community who has experienced the recent death of a loved one, whether they received our hospice care services.
Children’s Grief Support Services including Camp Mighty Oaks
Grief support groups and activities offered throughout the year are designed specifically to meet the special needs of Children and Families. Camp Mighty Oaks, a summer camp for grieving children and their parents/guardians is the only camp of its kind offered in Marion and Polk Counties.
The Edward F. Tokarski Home
When receiving hospice care in one’s own home is not an option, Willamette Valley Hospice offers the Edward F. Tokarski Home for patients who need a place to call home in their final months of life. Licensed as a specialty adult foster home by the state of Oregon, this unique home provides individualized care for up to 5 residents. This serene and comforting home like environment is staffed 24 hours 7 days a week by specially trained hospice staff and is the only adult foster home in the state if Oregon that provides this service.
The Transitions Program
The Transitions Program is a free, volunteer-based program for people with a serious life-limiting illness and their family. The program assists clients to remain independent and offers information, family support, and referrals to helpful community programs. As a free, non-medical program working alongside a client’s existing health care provider, the Transitions staff help keep health care providers informed of any problems a client might be having or changes in their condition.
Music Therapy is a clinical and evidence-based healthcare profession that uses music interventions. Two full-time Board Certified Music Therapists offer music interventions and integrate a patient’s musical preferences to provide compassionate care. Music Therapy can influence the natural rhythms of the body to regulate blood pressure and breathing. It can release the body’s natural pain killers, while reducing anxiety and restlessness.
Pet Peace of Mind
To many of our patients, their pets are part of their family. The Pet Peace of Mind program understands the importance of the pet-owner connection and helps deliver in-home volunteer pet care, services for patients who are unable to maintain routine health care and nutrition for their pets because of financial and/or physical disability. Trained volunteers help patients complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs.
Our Pet Therapy teams are Delta Society Certified Dogs and their Trained Hospice Volunteer Owners. Pet Therapy has been shown to reduce pain and stress, lower blood pressure, and bring smiles to our hospice patient’s faces.
Massage therapists offer our hospice patients geriatric massage techniques to help reduce pain and anxiety.
Caring for someone seriously ill? SeriousIllness.org/Salem is a powerful online resource to support anyone who is tenderly care for a frail or ill loved one. A rich local and national resource with directories of community programs, links to national resources, and free helpful monthly e-newsletters for families.
Community Outreach and Education
Free educational presentations on end-of-life topics are offered to groups throughout our communities, including service clubs, church groups, hospitals and health clinics.