Lehigh Valley Hospice

Lehigh Valley Hospice Lehigh Valley Hospice provides a full range of services to allow you or your loved one peace, comfort, courage and dignity in your own home or in our hospice units.

Nurses are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Please consider joining us! The Lauren Pearl Halper Hospice Fund allows us to create so many beautiful moments of joy fo...
09/02/2021

Please consider joining us! The Lauren Pearl Halper Hospice Fund allows us to create so many beautiful moments of joy for hospice patients and families.

Please consider joining us! The Lauren Pearl Halper Hospice Fund allows us to create so many beautiful moments of joy for hospice patients and families.

We appreciate our hospice volunteers every week, not just National Volunteer Week! I’m still playing catch up with photo...
04/29/2021

We appreciate our hospice volunteers every week, not just National Volunteer Week! I’m still playing catch up with photos as National Volunteer Week was last week...but we just have SO MANY wonderful volunteers it takes days to recognize all of them. We are so lucky!

More hospice volunteers to celebrate! We appreciate them every week - not just during National Volunteer Week.
04/26/2021

More hospice volunteers to celebrate! We appreciate them every week - not just during National Volunteer Week.

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week and boy do we have some amazing volunteers! We couldn’t possibly do what we do at Lehig...
04/22/2021

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week and boy do we have some amazing volunteers! We couldn’t possibly do what we do at Lehigh Valley Hospice without them! This week we will be sharing some special collages created by our equally amazing Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone. Stay tuned through the rest of the week for more special faces and names. Our volunteers are so important to us. 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 THANK YOU!

Our bereavement/volunteer secretary Deb Stevens is used to keeping things moving and organized here in our office at Leh...
04/14/2021

Our bereavement/volunteer secretary Deb Stevens is used to keeping things moving and organized here in our office at Lehigh Valley Hospice & Bereavement Services...but today she took those skills to a new level and directed traffic at LVHN’s huge COVID vaccine event! Thanks for your service, Deb! #LVHNProud #LVHNCOVIDSTRONG

Our bereavement/volunteer secretary Deb Stevens is used to keeping things moving and organized here in our office at Lehigh Valley Hospice & Bereavement Services...but today she took those skills to a new level and directed traffic at LVHN’s huge COVID vaccine event! Thanks for your service, Deb! #LVHNProud #LVHNCOVIDSTRONG

LV Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone and Art Therapy Intern Chris Zweifel flank Bereavement Coordinator Mered...
03/18/2021

LV Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone and Art Therapy Intern Chris Zweifel flank Bereavement Coordinator Meredith Fleshman in color coordinated outfits (unplanned!) today. Meredith is Chris’s field instructor this school year. This photo was taken prior to a fabulous inservice Chris presented to our hospice volunteers this afternoon on art therapy. The theme was “Art Therapy: what is it? And let’s do it!” Lynn has been offering weekly inservices for our volunteers during the COVID pandemic to keep them engaged and feeling appreciated!

LV Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone and Art Therapy Intern Chris Zweifel flank Bereavement Coordinator Meredith Fleshman in color coordinated outfits (unplanned!) today. Meredith is Chris’s field instructor this school year. This photo was taken prior to a fabulous inservice Chris presented to our hospice volunteers this afternoon on art therapy. The theme was “Art Therapy: what is it? And let’s do it!” Lynn has been offering weekly inservices for our volunteers during the COVID pandemic to keep them engaged and feeling appreciated!

Last week, our extraordinary hospice volunteer, Mardi Metzger, was presented with a well-deserved award. Paul Nagy, a me...
02/03/2021

Last week, our extraordinary hospice volunteer, Mardi Metzger, was presented with a well-deserved award. Paul Nagy, a member of the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council presented Mardi with the Outstanding Senior Award.

The award includes: Certificate of Recognition, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Certificate from the PA House of Representatives, and Certificate from the PA Senate (and a yard sign – pictured).

Mardi joined us in August 2017. She helps us with patients and families, has volunteered on our inpatient unit, plays cello for us at the Tree of Life Ceremony, has played cello for patients at Phoebe Home, walks patients dogs, attends in-services, and is always willing to learn new skills.

She also volunteers for No One Dies Alone for LVHN, drives patients living with cancer to treatment (for the ACS Road to Recovery Program), delivers library books to the homebound, plays cello in 2 community orchestras, and teaches cello students! What doesn’t Mardi do?!

And those are just her volunteer commitments.

We love and appreciate Mardi and all our wonderful hospice volunteers. These photos show Mardi accepting her award from Paul, celebrating with her husband, and being congratulated by our amazing Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone. ♥️ 🥇 📣

The Morning Call published an important article about grief during these strange and trying times, with input from Mered...
01/29/2021
Grieving during a pandemic: Denied chance to have funeral after daughter’s death, mother finds strength in meeting other bereaved parents

The Morning Call published an important article about grief during these strange and trying times, with input from Meredith Fleshman, one of our fantastic bereavement counselors and our Art Therapist. Take a look!

A Macungie mother struggled to grieve her daughter's death during the pandemic, until she got to meet other parents who lost children. Now she wants to help other families.

Our awesome hospice volunteer “Santa Craig” got his COVID-19 vaccine today.  Just one more injection to go and he’s that...
01/08/2021

Our awesome hospice volunteer “Santa Craig” got his COVID-19 vaccine today. Just one more injection to go and he’s that much closer to getting back on the sleigh, out doing what he loves! He couldn’t visit with our patients on the hospice inpatient unit this year and was really disappointed. He also usually gets his “Santa” picture taken with pets in the Lehigh Valley which he couldn’t do this year either. Hoping next Christmas our Santa will be back where he belongs! 🤞🏻 This is Santa Craig in 2019 on our hospice inpatient unit, dressed to do the most rewarding work of all! And Santa Craig today, proud to do his part, rocking his “off season” Santa attire. 🎅🏻 😊 💉 Thank you, Santa Craig Shide! 🙏🏻

Friday was a great day at Lehigh Valley Hospice. We got to celebrate and thank our many hospice volunteers. We held a “D...
12/15/2020

Friday was a great day at Lehigh Valley Hospice. We got to celebrate and thank our many hospice volunteers. We held a “Drive Through” gift distribution to offer our wonderful volunteers a special gift, a special treat, and a holiday wave. It was all done with the greatest of care - perfectly safe and very fun.

Since we have not been able to celebrate all together this year, our fabulous and unparalleled Volunteer Coordinator, Lynn Schiavone, came up with the idea to spread a little love and appreciation to our volunteers who have stuck with us through some very challenging times.

Thank you, Lynn Schiavone & thank you, LV Hospice volunteers! ♥️ 😷

We regret that there was a mistake in our virtual memorial service. We neglected to share this wonderful photo of one of...
11/25/2020

We regret that there was a mistake in our virtual memorial service. We neglected to share this wonderful photo of one of our special patients. Please accept our deepest sympathies and apologies and know that it was an error in technology only. No disrespect meant. All of our patients are important and deserving of remembrance. Thank you 🙏🏻 ♥️

We regret that there was a mistake in our virtual memorial service. We neglected to share this wonderful photo of one of our special patients. Please accept our deepest sympathies and apologies and know that it was an error in technology only. No disrespect meant. All of our patients are important and deserving of remembrance. Thank you 🙏🏻 ♥️

Every year, we hold a beautiful memorial service and it is such a special event for families and hospice team members. C...
11/21/2020
LVHN Hospice Memorial V3

Every year, we hold a beautiful memorial service and it is such a special event for families and hospice team members. COVID-19 and its precautions have made it so that such a large event is impossible this year. Lehigh Valley Hospice, however, knows that grief and loss deserve connection. It is so important for many people to share their loved ones and come together in love and memory. And so, nothing is truly impossible. Please join us for our first ever virtual memorial service, filmed especially for you, presented exactly as it would be if we were all able to welcome you with warm hugs and shared smiles. Your loved ones are important to us. We hope this service will be meaningful to you. Stay safe & take gentle care. ♥️ (This video will remain on this page for viewing so you can easily re-watch and/or share it with your loved ones.) https://vimeo.com/473849668/eb0b3c2ef5

This is "LVHN Hospice Memorial V3" by First Generation on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

11/20/2020

I’m pleased to share with you our Grief & The Holidays workshop and presentation. Our first time going virtual with it, but a superb job by Meredith Fleshman and Rhonda McMahon. Thank you & stay safe.

Our amazing Tuck In Callers were back this week to check in on our hospice patients and “tuck them in” for the weekend. ...
09/25/2020

Our amazing Tuck In Callers were back this week to check in on our hospice patients and “tuck them in” for the weekend. Sharon A Zimpfer Markowitz and Maryann Preston Miller are two of our volunteers...and believe me - they are just as essential to the program as any of us! Dedicated beyond measure, they sat in our parking lot in individual cars, making calls for hours. Thank you ♥️ We couldn’t do this work without you ❤️

06/03/2020
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What’s on your vision board? Grab your favorite mug and join Arielle Arbush*tes, MSW, for “Coffee with Arielle,” as she shares her own vision board and encourages you to look forward to the future. Watch now:

Last week, I met our awesome Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone in the parking lot of Ice Cream World to thank some of...
05/05/2020

Last week, I met our awesome Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone in the parking lot of Ice Cream World to thank some of our volunteers personally as they made a socially distanced drop of 20 more masks, 7 lap blankets, 2 prayer shawls, and 4 twiddle muffs (for our patients with dementia)! The workmanship is beautiful and I know all of us were smiling behind our masks! 😷 There was rain that day, but we made our own sunshine(including ice cream).☀️

Thank you, Mary Penyack, Yvonne Sweighardt, Jenifer Trautman & the St Joseph the Worker R.C. Church Women’s Guild and Labor of Love Crafters! Lehigh Valley Hospice could not do this without you! ♥️

We have a star!  LVHN has launched the Coffee with Arielle series and by following  the link below you will be able to c...
04/21/2020
Connecting with Others, Taking Care of Yourself and Finding Joy in These Times

We have a star! LVHN has launched the Coffee with Arielle series and by following the link below you will be able to catch up on all the wonderful videos. https://news.lvhn.org/connecting-with-others-taking-care-of-yourself-and-finding-joy-in-these-times/

Arielle Arbush*tes, MSW, is a licensed social worker and manager of support services for LVHN Home Care and Hospice. In her video series, “Coffee with Arielle,” she offers tips and tools for emotional wellbeing and reminds us all that we’re in this together and we’re #LVHNCOVIDStrong. Hello ...

Let's Celebrate National Volunteer Week!   Lehigh Valley Hospice is proud to have 80 volunteers many of which are keepin...
04/20/2020

Let's Celebrate National Volunteer Week! Lehigh Valley Hospice is proud to have 80 volunteers many of which are keeping in touch with our patients offering phone support and written notes to our patients during the COVID19 pandemic. In 2019,LV Hospice Volunteers provided almost 5,000 hours to our patients and families. If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer contact Lynn Schiavone at [email protected]
#LVHNPROUD

April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week. Even during this public health crisis, volunteers are stepping up as the heart of hospice. NHPCO members can access recognition and outreach materials in the Community Outreach Tools section of the website: https://bit.ly/39XxDuj

This is our fabulous Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone picking up homemade masks, lap blankets, shawls, and “bed rosa...
04/03/2020

This is our fabulous Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Schiavone picking up homemade masks, lap blankets, shawls, and “bed rosaries” from the St. Joseph the Worker Women’s Guild and Labor of Love Crafters! You may not be able to tell, but Lynn is smiling! That’s because she is #LVHNProud, #LVHNCOVIDSTRONG and so grateful for all our wonderful volunteers and those in the community who continue to offer their skills to help us! Lynn is adding to her skill set these days too - by maintaining social distancing while picking up these items and wearing the appropriate PPE while delivering them to the Hospice office. 👏🏻 😷 🥰😁

Hello Everyone,The LVHN Bereavement Team is thinking of everyone and wishing everyone well during this difficult time.  ...
04/02/2020

Hello Everyone,

The LVHN Bereavement Team is thinking of everyone and wishing everyone well during this difficult time. Our program has been built around community as we have joined together through support groups and counseling sessions, workshops and art groups. It certainly feels uncomfortable to be in a moment of time where community is taking place remotely . Joining together means meeting over the web or by voice over the phone. LVHN Bereavement therapist and art therapist Meredith Fleshman has even found us a way to do art collectively with the below project. We hope you enjoy the activity. Remember we are here for you by phone, so feel free to call.

The Bereavement Department of LVHN Hospice
610 402 7481

Zentangles

It’s “right” no matter what you do!? How wonderful (and rare) of an experience Zentangles offer. In this confusing time, we can all benefit from some structure and control. We all find ourselves searching patience and grace to just keep going even when we don't yet know the end result. Zentagles offer those things in art form and all you need is a piece of paper and a pen of any type. (I used copy paper and the promo pen from my mechanic!) You may have already created something similar, a sectioned-off doodle of sorts with clear boundaries. It's like creating your own coloring page. (And yes, you can add color!)

You can read the 8 steps of creating a Zentangle and be started in minutes. Unplug. Turn off. Create with success!

https://zentangle.com/pages/get-started
The Eight Steps of the Zentangle Method
Step 01 – Gratitude and Appreciation
Get comfortable, take a few deep breaths and feel gratitude and appreciation – for this beautiful paper, for these wonderful tools, for this opportunity to create something beautiful.

Step 02 – Corner Dots
We teach beginning Zentangle Method with beautiful museum grade cotton paper, 3.5 inches (89 mm) square. To answer a familiar question of what to put on this beautiful paper, place a light pencil dot in each corner, about a pen's width from the edges. Now it’s no longer a blank piece of paper.
Step 03 – Border
Connect those dots with a light pencil line, straight or curvy, to create a square. This is your border.
Step 04 – String
Inside the border, draw a light pencil line or lines to make what we call a "string." The string separates your tile into sections, in which you draw your tangles. A string can be any shape. It may be a curvy line that touches the edge of the border now and then, or series of straight lines that go from one side of the border to the next.
Step 05 – Tangle
A tangle is a predefined sequence of simple strokes that make up a pattern. Draw your tangles in pen inside (usually) the pencil strings and borders. Tangle is both noun and verb. Just as you dance a dance, you tangle your tangles. Draw your tangles with deliberate strokes. Don't worry about what it's going to look like. Just focus on each stroke of the pen as you make it. Trust that you'll know what to do next when the time to do it comes. There is no up or down to Zentangle art so feel free to rotate your tile in any direction that is most comfortable for your hand as you draw.
Step 06 – Shade
Add shades of gray with a graphite pencil to bring contrast and dimension to your tile. The black and white two-dimensional tangles transform through shading and appear three-dimensional. You can also use a tortillion (a paper blending stump) to soften and blend the graphite.
Step 07 – Initial and Sign
This is art you created. You should sign it. Put your initials on the front (many people create a unique monogram or chop for this step). On the back, place your name, date, comments and observations.
Step 08 – Appreciate
Hold your tile at arm’s length. Turn it this way and that. Appreciate what you just created.

Many thanks to our awesome hospice inpatient unit during these unprecedented times. They’ve got you covered. 🥰 😷 #LVHNCO...
03/26/2020

Many thanks to our awesome hospice inpatient unit during these unprecedented times. They’ve got you covered. 🥰 😷 #LVHNCOVIDstrong #LVHNproud

Happy SOCIAL WORK MONTH to our amazing Hospice Social Workers! Social Work is rooted in these core values: service, soci...
03/09/2020

Happy SOCIAL WORK MONTH to our amazing Hospice Social Workers! Social Work is rooted in these core values: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. They work tirelessly to put the needs of our patients and families first in conjunction with our other awesome team members.

Two of our hospice therapy dogs stopped by for Valentine’s Day to give our hospice team members some love! ❤️🤗
02/17/2020

Two of our hospice therapy dogs stopped by for Valentine’s Day to give our hospice team members some love! ❤️🤗

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Good morning hospice team. Thank you for your amazing work you do. As we navigate these new experiences in our health care world, hoping you can find ways to self care just a bit. Here is a 10 minute live Sun salutation from Yoga with Lizzie Jordon