( THE PICKERING HOUSE IN LANCASTER,OHIO A TREMENDOUS COMMUNITY RESOURCE)
Something a little different for THAT'S MY WORLD TUESDAY.Today we are going to celebrate life by visiting Hospice & Palliative Care in Lancaster,Ohio (THE PICKERING HOUSE). Recently, a good friend of mine Sandi Henry passed away. She spent the last week of her life surrounded by family & friends being compassionately cared for by the staff of Pickering House. I was totally unaware of this wonderful resource in Lancaster,Ohio.
282 Sells Rd. Lancaster,Ohio (740) 475-0699
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the places you can. At all times you can. As long as ever you can.” John Wesley This quote is on their pamphlet for Hospice Volunteers
Mr. Rick Schneider graciously took some time out of his busy day to show me around .
Rick and Sue Miller at the desk. I had met Rick a few years back at health fairs and community presentations. Rick is a great communicator with a sense of humor. See the smile on his face? The one thing Rick said several times, “We do WHATEVER is necessary to promote compassionate end-of-life care.”
“Whatever is necessary” has included a wedding and arranging a helicopter ride for a patient.The helicopter ride was just something he had always wanted to do. The Pickering House is situated on 40 acres in a picturesque wooded setting with frequent visits by the local deer population.
When my wife Linda and I visited Sandi at Pickering House (where we were able to spend many hours) the soup was always on and the cookie dish was never empty thanks to Linda in the fully equipped kitchen. ( Linda; formerly from Annie’s Cheese Cake in Lancaster)
(notice the laundry inset bottom left, for use by out of town family if needed)
Rick said, “One time a patient wanted bacon and a coke. The problem was the patient really could not eat anything by mouth. “Whatever is Necessary” The patient was given a few drops of coke by dropper and was also able to have a drop or two of bacon grease (just to get the flavor.)”
The Pickering House has twelve patient rooms available.
Also, there is a large family lounge and kitchen for the families to gather.(Families can prepare their own snacks and meals.)
(I appreciate these fine folks letting me take their photo in the sun room)
A community resource is the meeting room with state of the art audio/visual. The use of the meeting room is free of charge.
The Chapel for the more private and contemplative moments.
One of the many donations to Pickering House is a wall hanging made by a patient. Donations to Pickering House have played a big part in the ongoing availability of this great resource. At the present time there are about one hundred volunteers donating their time. (800) 994-7077
In the GOLF GAME OF LIFE THE PICKERING HOUSE is a “HOLE IN ONE”