AUGUSTA – At the annual Blaine House Tea on Nov. 2 in honor of National Home Care and Hospice Month, the Home Care Alliance of Maine recognized three volunteers with a presentation of Home Care and Hospice Volunteer Awards.

The following individuals were selected to receive the awards to honor their commitment and dedication as volunteers: Mary Curtis of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and Norm Daigle of HealthReach Home Care and Hospice, Hospice Volunteer Award; and Madelyn Bergen Belliveau of HomeHealth-Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine, Home Care Volunteer Award.

Curtis was nominated for the special recognition by the Androscoggin agency based on her commitment to supporting 26 hospice patients and families over the past five years.

Curtis has connected in all kinds of ways with the hospice patients she visits in their homes – by providing support to the teenage children of a mom who was dying of cancer, by making scrapbooks for a woman dying of breast cancer so she could give them to members of her cancer support group, by picking up groceries, taking out garbage every Thursday and chatting with a woman who lived alone.

Curtis also volunteers weekly at the AHCH Hospice House since it opened in November of 2005 to provide support to patients and families served at the facility. She also puts in additional time for the Hospice House making handcrafted sympathy cards to send to families of those who have died at the Hospice House.

In addition, Curtis volunteers for the AHCH Development Department in connection with the annual Autumn Night Out fundraising event. She has been involved in hospice volunteer training classes as a speaker.

AHCH is a nonprofit Medicare-certified agency that annually provides comprehensive hospice care to more than 800 residents of central and western Maine through its local offices in Lewiston, Bridgton, Oxford and Wilton. AHCH specializes in hospice care for residents of long-term-care facilities as well as those living in their own homes.

The 14-bed Hospice House in Auburn is designed to meet the end-of-life care needs for patients who can no longer be cared for at home. For more information on AHCH, visit www.AHCH.org.


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