The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, November 11, 1981, Image 8

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8 -IAtCE ! Wednesday, November 11. 1981 __ _._.._._ __ ~._ __ .__.._._ __ ~------~~features lend ~~ ~roupsthat . ~ \ • - ~ ' ~' .. ) a. Disabl - ed get a lift Handicapped and elderly people are now able to get around town through the use of the Moun- ' tain Van . . To qualify for the Mountain Van service , an in- dividual must be either handicapped or elderly . Also they must submit an application to the gen- eral manager of the Mountain Van to be reviewed . At present there is no charge to those who use the service, but as of January , 1982 the · Mountain Van will start requiring a fee set by the amoun t of income the given indiv i dual receives . The Mountain Van is subsidized main l y by the Mountain Line , however some organizations use and pay .for the service . Donations also help to fund the Mountain Van . Use of the service is growing rapidly and there is a waiting list for applicants . Approximately 50 people per day use the Mouptain Van. The s ervice has three vans and the use of a bus which is leased from Mountain Line . However , only one · van is in use due to lack of funds. Each van and the leased bus is equipped with a hydrolic lift and locks for wheelchairs. The driv- ers are required to have received training in CPR and first aid in addition to having a chauffeurs li- c ense . The individuals that use the service are re- quired to give 48 hour advance notice so that the Mountain Van can arrange an accurate schedule . The Vans pick up the people at their residences . and the drivers will even go to the door if the in- . dividual needs assistance . The most common problem encountered by the Mountain Van is people forgetting to call in and cancel their ride if they decide not to go . This re- sults in the van going . to the residence for nothing . _ Center vvorks vvith By Mark McMillan Staff Writer A few years ago a group of interested ci tizens formed a non-profit corporation t hat provides community based services f or the developmentally disabled . The de- velopmental disabilities i nclude mental retardation , cerebral palsy , epilepsy and autism , they named it the Missoula Deve- lopmentally Disabled Community Homes Council , ( M . D . D . C.H . C .) . The rationale of their services are that community based services are an alternative to institution- alization . They ~re based on the philoso- phy that the developmentally disabled person has the constitutional right to live in the least restrictive environment possi- ble and also has the right to training and to treatment. The M . D.D . C . H . C . programs include the Big Bear Training Center ,· which works with 19 clients. Big Bear has a basic skills center where pre-vocational , academic , self-help and behav i or control skills are taught. The clients are also . taught to weave and make small craft items which they sell . There is also a wood working shop which does furniture · refinishing and makes small wood prod- ucts for sale . All these items are sold in a store located in the center. Also included in these services are group homes are living quarters for tally disabled persons . Eac two group home managers a person , who lives with the teaches them home living s to use the resources in the There are three homes, t Home at 1307 Khanabad W Home a_t 402 South 4th Str Hospice - ac _ cept death, live life to fullest By Ann Naumann Assistant Features Editor Death . We all know it ' s in - evitable . But few high school students are forced to deal with death - . especially their own . But imagine you just discovered you would die within a few months . How would you tell your friends? How would your parents cope? Who would pay the probable medical and care costs? Who would stay with you as your helth deteriorated? Who could you talk to? Who would really understand your feelings? One group could help you with . , these problems and questions and many more - Hospice , of Missoula . Hospice is a group of concerned people who are com ; mitted to helping the dying to live as fully and well as possible. The original definition of the word \ hospice \ comes from me- · dieval · Europe . At that time , a hospice was a hotel for Crusad- ers and travelers. Dr . Cicely Saunders , founder of the con- temporary hospice describes it as a place where \ ~e traveler . pn li ~ e ' s last journey. )Vill have saf~ lodging , freedom from pain , loVIng care and peace at last. \ Hospice members are ususally . called to help families with life threatening disease problems with such tasks as transporta- ~t 'Rruv~OJv Q ~ ~kl~~, tion , babysitting and the like . But , according to Jackie John- son , Patient Care Coordinator for the program , they often end up helping with mental and emotional difficulties of the pa- tient · This is exactly what Hospice _ · members are trained to do. Vol- unteers , who can be of any age , · are put through a series of train- ing sessions dealing with such to- pics as death , personal feelings , · communication skills , pain and nutrition . These volunteers , known as care-givers , are part of a care-team unit . Not only are doctors , nurses and care-givers involved , family and frienls ar~ also encouraged to participate: A care-team strives to open up communication lines between the dying person and all people involved. This approach is incor- porated into the hospice's atti- tude to \ try to deal with the total person ,\ said Johnson . \We try to be a suppportive ser- vice in any way we can be . Just as much for families , just as much for both .\ According to a Hospice of Mis- soula fact sheet , \ death is not denied , but life is affirmed and lived until death occurs .\ For this reason , pain killing drugs are often prescribed to help a patient live as normally as possi- ble, as long as possible . Hospice continues to help the family of a patient after death. \ We keep contact , see how they're doing ,\ said Johnson. Their follow - up program is called grief intervention and often is continued into the for- mation of support groups made up of people with similar needs. An example of this would be the Bereaved Parents Group , started by parents who had been helped by Hospice services . Because Hospice is a free ser- vice , anyone can benefit from the program . Most commonly their patients are stricken with cancer , but they have also helped terminally ill children and their families . People must express an interest in Hospice, however - they do not act upon referrals . Outside of the Care - team units , the hospice interdisci- plinary team meets twice monthly. This is composed of psychologists , doctors , nurses social workers and the three HO: spice staff members : Executive Director , Director-Care Coordi- :. nat~r and Supportive Services Coordinator . These people · review Hospice case& regularly . Although Hospice has only been in the United States for about eight years, several can be found in Montana . JQ.hnson attri- butes the Missoula Hospice to a core of interested people in the area ; Kathy Mrgudic , director ; and the general open-minedness of people in the Northwest. Because hospice is a non-prof- it organization , they rely strictly upon private donations , memo- rials and fund-raising projects . In September , Hospice Week was held and a fashion show , \ea and rummage Sale helped raise funds . Currently, Hospice is sell- ing notecards to bring in money . Volunteers are also essential to hospice. Not only are they trained as care-givers , people also donate their time to work on the newsletter , help in the of- fice and help with community education . Johnson describes her time spent with Hospice as invalu- able . \ When people have such pain .. . it isn ' t as sad if you can handle it ,\ she said . \ We don ' t deny death. But our conception is · to go on and . live to . the full- est. \

The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana), 11 Nov. 1981, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheHellgateLance/1981-11-11/ed-1/seq-8/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.