A resident in the hospice, Frank, agreed to talk to the Leadership class this morning and answer their questions. He also allowed his photo to be taken with the class. (Ernie Over photo)

A resident in the hospice, Frank, agreed to talk to the Leadership class this morning and answer their questions. He also allowed his photo to be taken with the class. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Sixteen members of the 2013-14 class of Leadership Fremont County spent the day in Riverton learning about social services agencies that serve the county, while touring three facilities. This morning, the class visited the Help For Health Hospice Home at 1240 College View Drive, toured the facility, visited with a patient and learned about Hospice care. This afternoon the group also visited the Volunteers of America-Northern Rockies Center For Hope and the Good Samaritan Shelter. Classroom presentations were made by the Department of Workforce Services, Fremont Counseling, the Department of Family Services and the Fremont County Coroner’s participation in the county’s suicide prevention efforts.

“There are five important hospice facts that everyone should know,” said Hospice Quality Improvement and Education Coordinator Sarah Kolman. “Hospice is not only the last few days of life; An individual can keep their own doctor once enrolled in hospice; Choosing hospice means Shifting hope; Morphine does not hasten death; and Choosing hospice relieves suffering and offers choices,” she said. “Those are the five most common facts about hospice.”

Other presenters include Orion Morris, the Tough Enouch to Help Cancer Fund administrator, who talked about the ¬†upcoming Cattle Baron’s Ball and other fund raising efforts. Hospice Chaplain Echo Klaproth talked about how she interacts with both patients and their families. Help For Health CEO Rhonda Locker gave an overview of the Help For Health organization and talked about the Cancer Van and other services offered by volunteers at the center.

“We have many volunteers here who come and cook for the patients, to come and hold hands and support the families and to do support services for the outpatient clients, such as grocery shopping, light housekeeping, errands and providing conversation,” Locker said.

People curious about Help For Health can learn more at its website here.

Locker also explained that Help For Health is not the only hospice service in Fremont County, noting that Amedysis also provides hospice care, but that Help For Health is the only hospice home and that it is non-profit.

Photos by Ernie Over