In celebration of our 110th anniversary, we are spotlighting services at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS). This month, our focus is Friendly Meals and Meals on Wheels. The Friendly Meals and Meals on Wheels are relative newcomers to the HCS family of services; both programs serving good food and friendship for seniors started in the early 1970s. The Friendly Meals got its start in Keene at the Unitarian Church on Washington Street; the food was prepared in the dining commons at Keene State College! Hinsdale Friendly Meals opened in the VFW on Main Street in 1976; in 1979, Meadowood Friendly Meals opened in Troy at the Assembly Hall where it continues today. Over the years, monthly Friendly Meals dining rooms have...Read more
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Hospice at HCS Volunteers Making a Difference “It is hard to die, and as a volunteer it is a privilege to be there with someone at the end,” says hospice volunteer Laura Ylitalo from Surry. “I never thought I could do it when I started, but it is no different than sitting with a friend, and it really makes a difference in people’s lives.” Laura has been volunteering with Hospice at HCS, the local not-for-profit hospice, for three years, visiting with hospice patients who are living in nursing homes. “Making that first visit in a nursing home was a big step for me, but it was easier than I thought. Now I just call the people...Read more
It has been our honor and privilege to care for the communities of southern New Hampshire for more than 100 years. As we enter 2016, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year....Read more
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