Monday, March 08, 2010



HOSPICE 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.

pickframed6   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



spiritofnature  Garden Angel saying, “As Always Thanks For Stopping By”



Sylvia K said...

What an incredible place, Joe! Thank you so much for the tour! How wonderful to have a place like that available! Have a great week!


Lona said...

Hospice care should so be applauded for the great work they do. The families could not manage without them. Home Hospice care has taken care of a couple in my family and they are so appreciated.

Carolyn Ford said...

What a wonderful place this is. What valuable work they do for families in crisis. I am sure they appreciated your interest and then blogging their good deeds. Very nice, Mr. Todd.

And, you can keep that sunshine too. It's a gift!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joe: What a neat post, Hospice helped my Father and Mother through their last years. They are a helpful group.

happily retired gal said...

What a lovely post about a marvelous resource. I'm glad your friend got such good care.
Hugs and blessings,
Small Reflections

SandyCarlson said...

That is a very beautiful place. Thank God for it.

Dorothy said...

A very interesting post, Joe! Being a good United Methodist, I imediately recognized the quote by John Wesley. Wouldn't it be great if we all did just that????

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Joe - I really like that you shared this Hospice tour with us. It looks like an ideal place and sharing it is a nice tribute to your friend as well. I think we all tend to put out only happy day things for "My World" but it seems like a good idea to remember that everybody's world and life is composed of many kinds of days. But your post surely wasn't all sad, because they are doing such a lovely and amazing thing here for people at that stage of life.

Tes said...

Good to know such a place exist. So good of you to blog about it. A wonderful way to promote their noble endeavor, Joe. Beautiful photos of the building and the interiors were taken from a good angle. :) Good capture!

Rajesh said...

Very nice place.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Interesting to know!

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Randi said...

Interesting post about a beautiful place.

Unknown said...

Thanks for showing us around, Joe. The people who work here must be extraordinary!

Victoria Tsavdaridou said...

Very interesting post!!!

Arija said...

Joe, that is a great place offering such a gentle service. Great post.

Jenn Jilks said...

What a lovely post. I am a Hospice VOlunteer in Muskoka. We have been trying to build such a residence for years. Funding is the issue. In the meantime we provide service in homes, and other residences.

I wrote a rant about changes to towns.

Bill S. said...

What a beautiful and loving place. It adds dignity to the area and town that helps define the residents there. Thanks for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

That's a very great idea! To surround sick people with all the loving care and comfort is what we all wish for when our end is nearing.
Thanks for sharing!

Wolynski said...

What a thoughtful and caring place to have in the community - looks nice and warm and comfortable.

What wonderful people.

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this Joe. It is so uplifting to see the love and respect given to terminal patients. It is a higher calling for sure.

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Ebie said...

Thank you for the tour. It is a beautiful place. I know about care for their patients. My daughter works as an RN in a skilled facility.

Glad your friend was given the best of care.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great place, Joe. I wish there were more places such as this to really care for their patients. Thank you for showing us around.

I pray you're doing well, Joe. God bless you!


TONY LETTS said...

As I think you know, I work in a children's hospice - they are amazing places with wonderful staff