Larry felt safe during trying times

Larry felt safe during trying times

Peggy Knowles, ARNP

The global pandemic has been an especially trying season for Community Home Health & Hospice. Our agency serves a highly-vulnerable population—the elderly, those with chronic conditions and the dying. Through it all, our staff has worked diligently to prevent the spread of infection while still providing peace of mind to the patients and families we serve.

Larry Gamble is a 73-year-old Navy veteran who has lived in Kelso his whole life. Ramona, his wife of 52 years, received care in our Longview Hospice Care Center during the pandemic before passing away on October 21. Larry was pleased with how seriously the safety of his visiting daughters and extended family and friends was taken. They were able to process and make hard decisions, while also savoring the time they have with Ramona, without the added burden of fearing they may contract the virus. Larry went on to say that Community staff efforts to keep them safe was more than what they experienced at other healthcare facilities.

Larry has a lot of experience with our staff over the years because we cared for his father and mother and two of his closest friends. He was pleased during Ramona’s two stays this year to see that our staff’s caring compassion and attention to detail were not affected by the pandemic.

“They are probably the most compassionate, caring group of people I’ve ever been around. I don’t know how they do it and couldn’t be more pleased with every situation I’ve been in here. This community is literally blessed to have them,” he said.

Lizbeth Vigil, CNA

Community’s success in keeping patients and families safe during the pandemic has been made possible through your generous support. More than $50,000 (so far) has been spent on infection control supplies and equipment including personal protective equipment, testing kits, barriers, sanitization and training supplies. We are so deeply grateful.

But the fight isn’t over. COVID-19 has not let up, so neither can we.

We MUST stay vigilant.

This holiday season, please consider keeping our frontline staff safe by contributing to our COVID-19 Crisis Assistance Fund.

With your help, we will succeed.

Double Your Gift

Long-time Community donors Don Heimbigner and Debbie Iverson are generously offering $12,000 to match gifts received towards our COVID-19 fund. That means, every dollar you donate will be doubled.

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