Through a $10,000 grant from Columbia Basin Trust, Creston’s hospice has been able to help those in isolation during COVID-19.
The hospice has donated items such as activity books, tablets and a speaker system to Crestview Village, Swan Valley Lodge, Community Nursing, Creston Valley Hospital and Nikkyl Place.
These donated items help to keep clients busy as well as communicate with loved ones while in isolation.
“It was important for us to help the seniors deal with the loneliness that isolation brings. Headphones, walky-talkies and tablets can help bridge the communication gap with seniors and their families,” hospice president Leslie Kelner said.
“We got the grant at the beginning of April and set about getting the items to the seniors.”
The Creston hospice has been open since 1987 to provide end-of-life care, visits to seniors and organizes speakers on topics that pertain to end-of-life planning.
The organization has 40 volunteers and one paid staff.