November is National Hospice Month by Lavonne Noel, Executive Director, Hospice of Dubuque
Hospice Nurse, Melissa, and Social Worker, Angelia, wish their patient a socially-distanced
Happy 50th Anniversary!
2020 has certainly been an unusual year. Since March, COVID-19 has changed many aspects of everyday life in the tri-states. Yet, Hospice of Dubuque has been one constant through it all. In spite of COVID-19, Hospice of Dubuque has continued providing care to individuals with serious illness and offering much-needed support to them, their loved ones, and their caregivers. Although Hospice of Dubuque’s care team has had to adapt to changing environments and unusual circumstances, the delivery of compassionate care has continued uninterrupted. Hospice of Dubuque has been your hometown hospice for over 37 years, and we are here to serve in all seasons, even during a pandemic.
It is so appropriate that, during the month of November, we observe Thanksgiving and National Hospice Month. In this season of gratitude, it is common to reflect on relationships with family and friends, and to express thankfulness for those with whom we share, or have shared, life. We, at Hospice of Dubuque, thank members of our tri-state communities for welcoming our care team to journey with them and their loved ones at a most vulnerable time. We are honored to be a part of your lives in such a tender season of life.
During National Hospice Month, or anytime, please visit our website at www.hospiceofdubuque.org to learn more about the comprehensive care Hospice of Dubuque provides. Our services focus on the whole person—his or her goals, comfort, and quality of life—and the persons who surround him or her. We bring the best of our minds and hearts, our expertise and humanity, and a commitment to help patients and their loved ones experience the best day possible each and every day. With compassion and steadfastness, we offer hope and care in all seasons.
Who’s Hoarding the Mini Blinds?
It’s a bit unnerving to walk through a store and see so many empty shelves. I haven’t been to the local big box store very often lately, but I wanted to see if what I suspected was true.
I’d been unable to order a number of items for curbside delivery and had been told that lots of things were actually in the store but couldn’t be purchased except inside in person. That made no sense. I suspected that, instead, those items just weren’t there.
So, in I went, mask on face, miniature hand sanitizer bottle in purse.
I was stunned to see so many empty shelves. It wasn’t like the first month of the pandemic when people were hoarding and taking as much bread, sanitizers and canned goods as they could carry out, until limits were put on purchases. Instead, there were shelves empty of items you wouldn’t normally associate with hoarding, like mini blinds.
Who hoards mini blinds?
I could (maybe) understand the lack of packs of lined school paper and pencils, for the kids doing remote learning, or toys because the kids are home all the time. I could see where we’d still be missing a variety of paper towels. And I could almost understand the few choices for shampoo and bath soap.
But what about dishes and light bulbs? Unless one was in the market for square red dinner dishes or 40-watt bulbs, there were none to be had.
Certain shortages we can understand. But what has happened to the supply line when we can’t get a simple 100-watt bulb?
With winter coming, we might do well to reconsider our supplies and add a few light bulbs to our stash. Otherwise we might be in the dark even more than we already are.
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