Hospice of Southwest Georgia Helps Patients Heal

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Hospice of Southwest Georgia Helps Patients Heal

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Taking solace in nature’s simple beauty can be a vital link in the physical and emotional healing process.  Fortunately, you don’t need to climb a mountain to reap nature’s emotional benefits.

Hospice of Southwest Georgia recently placed bird feeders in local personal care homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes as a way to bring comfort and normalcy to patients, family members and friends.

“The birdfeeders bring joy to the residents as well as the staff,” said Gail Benton, volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Southwest Georgia. “The families feel it’s a wonderful idea—especially for the residents that aren’t able to leave their rooms.”

Hospice volunteers maintain the birdfeeders at each facility, and enjoy spending time with residents during their visit.

“Our volunteers enjoy helping with activities and visiting with patients,” said Debra Taylor, Hospice of Southwest Georgia volunteer coordinator. “Watching the birds has brought smiles to our residents and they really enjoy them. It’s the little things that make someone’s day.”

Hospice of Southwest Georgia has placed birdfeeders in Thomasville’s Camellia Gardens Nursing Home, Glenn-Mor Nursing Home, Golden Living Center, Southern Pines Retirement Community, Triad Nursing Home, Woodleaf Assisted Living Facility and Plantation Manor Retirement.  The birdfeeders are also in Cairo at Cairo Personal Care Home, in Pelham at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home, in Bainbridge at Bainbridge Health Care, Bainbridge Manor and Seminole County Nursing Home, in Colquitt at Miller Nursing Home, and in Whigham at Whigham Nursing Home.

For more information on Hospice of Southwest Georgia or to become a volunteer, call the Thomasville office at (229)584-5500, or the Bainbridge office (229)246-9965.