Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, Arkansas Hospice’s “Committed to Veterans” program continues to honor those who have served our nation. In the week leading up to Veterans Day, Arkansas Hospice’s “Journey Van” will be canvasing the state in a series of socially distant ceremonies, along with other events to honor and remember those […]During an unprecedented year, our mission continues…
Through the darkest hours of recent events, your gifts have brought light into the lives of patients with life-limiting illnesses. Whether it’s lending words of encouragement through telegrief support to those who have suffered loss, reconnecting patients with families and their doctors through telehealth, providing an air conditioner for a patient and family who were […]A Parade of Kindness takes a journey across Searcy to Judsonia
The Arkansas Hospice “Journey” van made its way to White County, leading a “Parade of Kindness” as it delivered Cards of Kindness for the residents of three area facilities. First responders joined the parade, and local clergy, including two Arkansas Hospice chaplains, shared words of encouragement and comfort upon delivery of the cards. Area EMS/first […]Organizations unite and find a way to honor the fallen
Despite the Coronavirus and social distancing, organizations whose missions include honoring the memory and meeting the unique needs of our veteran and first responder populations realized they still needed to find a way to honor the fallen this Memorial Day week. In response, appearances suitable for sharing on social and traditional media were held to […]Acts of Kindness across our service area.
By arhospice on April 24th, 2020 in Blog
Challenges can bring out the best in us at times. For the Arkansas Hospice provider relations team, this has certainly been, and continues to be the case. All across our 43 county service area, this team has been helping lift the spirits (and temper some hunger) for our healthcare partners in hospitals, inpatient centers, nursing […]Is grief from a distance our newer “new normal”?
By arhospice on March 27th, 2020 in Grief Support
Guest Blog by Simone Brock, Arkansas Hospice Bereavement Specialist “Services will be private due to State Mandated Restrictions concerning COVID-19.” This is the latest closing line in Arkansas obituaries. Last Sunday, I read that Italy is no longer being allowed to hold funerals, and as a bereavement specialist and non-practicing funeral director, I felt a […]Grief during the holidays
The holidays are often thought of as joyful times of the year, filled with sights and sounds of seasonal cheer. Yet for people struggling with the death of a family member or other loved one, the holidays can be a difficult time. The season may be full of reminders of the loss in our lives. […]Paying it forward on four legs
Paying it forward is not limited to people. Dogs, too, can spread love and compassion to those in need – especially through the Arkansas Hospice Therapy Dog Program. Lucy, a standard poodle, was born blind. Allan Gates was known for opening his home to dogs. When a vet called him about Lucy, little did he […]Staying Connected
Just as air, food, and water are necessary for the body, connection is needed for the soul. When Stanley* had to move to a nursing facility, he had to leave his desk-top computer behind. For some people, a computer is a means for work, games, or online shopping. For Stanley, it was his way to […]Appetite for Life
You may have spotted one standing at the refrigerator door drinking all the milk straight from the jug. You may have witnessed him eat an afternoon snack of two king size candy bars followed by a large pizza. A box of cereal can’t make it though one day with him. If you’ve observed it or […]The Catch of a Lifetime
Ask any fisherman and he will tell you that fishing is the sport of hope. Bob would spend hours on the lake waters competing in bass fishing tournaments and hoping for the “big one’. When he came to Arkansas Hospice, Inc, he thought his days of fishing were only a memory. Confined to a wheelchair […]Dr. Susan Santa Cruz presented Gifts of Kindness award
Area downpours across the Little Rock metro area did not dampen spirits, as Dr. Susan Santa Cruz, M.D. was honored with the Arkansas Hospice Foundation’s inaugural Gifts of Kindness Award on Thursday, June 6th. The award was part of the Arkansas Hospice Foundation and Arkansas Hospice, Inc. Presidents’ Luncheon. Sharon Aureli, president of the Arkansas […]Little Bits of Beauty
Christmas is supposed to be the most beautiful time of the year, but 14-year-old MacKenzie wasn’t feeling it. Her medical treatments were causing her to lose her pretty hair and her lack of energy made it difficult to leave the house. She spent most of her time online watching the transformative magic of make-up artists […]Puppy Love: Therapy Dogs Brighten Days at Arkansas Hospice
At Arkansas Hospice, every volunteer plays a part to help care for those facing serious illness and loss. But only a select few do so on four legsHot Springs Presidents’ Luncheon
JoNancy Sundberg named Gifts of Kindness Honoree The room was filled with excitement in the Hamp Williams Building on May 16, 2019 in Hot Springs as JoNancy Sundberg was honored with the inaugural Gifts of Kindness Award. In front of over 100 friends and supporters of JoNancy and Arkansas Hospice, a delicious lunch was served, […]The case for building hospital and hospice collaboration
By arhospice on April 22nd, 2019 in Blog
By Brian Bell, M.D. “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” This quote from Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, is not only […]Arkansas Hospice Foundation brings author to radio program.
“What the dying learn about living at the end of life is their gift to us in the midst of life.” If you missed hearing Dr. Kathleen Rusnak’s last week on the radio, be sure to listen online. Our friends at Arts & Letters Radio say that her insights ‘will change your world view, forever.’ Those of […]Louie’s Wishes
Every 9 year old has wishes. Louie’s was to receive a letter from all 50 states. With the help of many organizations, including the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, Louie received letters from every state plus several foreign countries. When treatment options for his life-limiting disease grew slim, Louie’s parents made the decision to bring him home […]African Americans at Risk
African Americans at Risk “African Americans and other minorities are at risk of not dying well.” – Duke Divinity School Professor Richard Payne Nationally and in Arkansas, too few African Americans benefit from hospice care. Black/African Americans account for 13.2% of the general population (US Census) but only 7.6% of the hospice patients in 2014 […]Art’s Angels: Paying it Forward
CLICK HERE to select your giving option All donations go to help other caregivers and their patients in hospice with no family. Who Was Arthur Parsons? Arthur, “Art” (aka BluDux) came from a long line of master craftsmen. Art hand-turned each custom piece using woods, acrylics, buffalo horn and deer antler. His products included .30 Caliber […]
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.