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The importance of hospice and hospice workers

November is National Home Care & Hospice Month, and I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank each of our employees, contracted staff and volunteers at Lutheran Home Care & Hospice and LIFE Lutheran Services for the contributions that they make to the welfare of our clients and participants and their families throughout the year. Many of the people whom we serve are among our most vulnerable neighbors. They are coping with significant challenges in trying to live life as normally as possible. Often their world has shrunk over the course of the last few months or even years. What our visiting staff and volunteers do brings them comfort and hope along with high quality care. It is such a gift to be able to touch others in this way

Many of our employees and volunteers work behind the scenes in the office and rarely see a client or participant, but their work provides the structure that allows for the care of the people we serve. These folks don't get thank you notes from families for sending the bills, taking the referrals or ordering the supplies, yet without their steadfast efforts, our clients and participants would not be served. They deserve accolades as well — they are truly unsung heroes in their own right.

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Thank you all for your service to others. It means so much for so many and I am proud to work with each and every one of you.

Terry Shade

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The writer is CEO of Lutheran Home Care & Hospice LIFE Lutheran Services.

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