Daffodil sale to help Hospice, elderly needs

Kathy Floyd knows the power of a little selflessness.

The Hospice volunteer of more than a year felt rewarded after she helped an elderly woman with some basic chores.

"What took me 15 minutes, saved her about two hours," Floyd said. "What we think are the littlest things are a big deal for others."

To help the Hospice program whose volunteers help the elderly in big and small ways, the group is hosting its annual daffodil sale. About one-third of the proceeds from the group's fund-raisers go to fund a $200,000 annual operating budget.

Hospice in Moffat and Routt counties helps about 35 to 40 elderly patients of the about 120 area senior citizens who die each year. The program has been available to Yampa Valley residents since 1994.

Volunteers help elderly patients by working to increase the quality of life for those with life-limiting illnesses. That could mean helping seniors with household chores, helping them get to church or addressing any other needs that might arise.

"The focus of hospice and palliative care is pain management, symptom control and emotional and spiritual support for the patient and the family," the group stated in a press release. "Here in Moffat County, our hospice volunteers strive to enhance quality of life and provide dignity in the final days."

For Floyd, that meant helping an elderly woman make headway on a heaping pile of laundry. The time it freed up for the woman and her husband allowed them a chance to watch their favorite TV program together, Floyd said.

Floyd said she knew about the daffodil sale long before she became a volunteer for the program. The bright yellow flowers always seemed to sell well, and she appreciated that the funds raised went toward a good cause.

"I like (Hospice) for the opportunity that it gives you to help in the community," she said. "It's open to help whoever needs help."

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com

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