Sunsets are just little glimpses of the golden streets of Heaven…Unknown

By arhospice on July 17th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

Michael (51) dreamed of sitting on the beach, listening to the roar of the ocean while watching the sun slowly set below the horizon.  When his doctors told him it was time to consider hospice, he knew the number of sunsets he would see were numbered.  Although he was too ill to travel from Arkansas […]

Choose Kindness

By arhospice on July 17th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” When many of the patients in the care of Arkansas Hospice reach the last weeks of their life, it is not uncommon for the social workers on our team to be made of aware of dreams, wishes, and […]

Ms. Green’s Fish Fry

By arhospice on July 17th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

Fishing and family topped the list of Ms. Green’s favorite things in life. For weeks, her social worker at Arkansas Hospice explored ways to give her some time fishing next to a creek bank.  When her illness made it impossible for that to happen, they decided to bring family and fish to her.  They would […]

Saddle Up Your Horses

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

When fourteen year old Savannah was asked for her big wish by her social worker with Arkansas Hospice, she requested a great adventure. She wanted to ride a horse, stay in a nice hotel and make memories with her family and best friend. Arkansas Hospice Foundation worked with her family and donors to make this […]

Staying Connected

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

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

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

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 […]

Whoever you are, thank you.

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

When four year old Oreanna was diagnosed with Batten’s Disease – a rare, fatal brain disease – her family felt their lives turn inside-out.  Overwhelmed with the care she required, Arkansas Hospice provided them with a pediatric care team.  A team nurse recognized the hopelessness the family felt. Through research, she found a weekend conference […]

A Silver Anniversary Dinner

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

With their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary approaching, Vivian and Ron wanted nothing more than to spend this time together in one of their favorite getaways.  In a beautiful villa that overlooked the city of Branson, Vivian and Ron were able to behold from above the beauty of the thousands of Christmas lights that glittered. They took […]

The Catch of a Lifetime

By arhospice on July 16th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

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 […]

Ms. Green’s Fish Fry

By arhospice on July 15th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

Fishing and family topped the list of Lily’s favorite things in life. For weeks, her social worker at Arkansas Hospice explored ways to give Lily some time fishing next to a creek bank.  When her illness made it impossible for that to happen, they decided to bring family and fish to her.  They would host […]

With a sprinkling of fairy dust, anything is possible.

By arhospice on July 15th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

Since she was a young girl, Lacey had been enchanted with Tinker Bell, the fairy sidekick to Peter Pan. Lacey covered her walls in posters of the blonde fairy and slept every night with a Tinker Bell pillow. She dreamed of someday meeting Tinker Bell in person.  Time and again her family would make plans […]

Dr. Susan Santa Cruz presented Gifts of Kindness award

By arhospice on June 10th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

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

By arhospice on June 7th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

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 […]

The Last Anniversary

By arhospice on June 7th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness, Patient Stories

With their 25th wedding anniversary approaching, Vivian and Ron wanted nothing more than to spend time together in one of their favorite getaways.  In a Branson vacation villa, Vivian and Ron were able to behold the beauty of thousands of glittering Christmas lights. They took in a heartwarming show at Silver Dollar City and enjoyed […]

Puppy Love: Therapy Dogs Brighten Days at Arkansas Hospice

By Scott Christian on June 7th, 2019 in Blog, Grief Support, Patient Stories

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 legs

Hot Springs Presidents’ Luncheon

By arhospice on May 17th, 2019 in Blog, Gifts of Kindness

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.

By arhospice on April 19th, 2019 in Blog, Grief Support

“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

By David Edwards on April 1st, 2019 in Blog, Pediatrics

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

By arhospice on March 5th, 2019 in Blog, Minority Outreach

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 […]

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