Giving Care Jay Rezzonico

Jay Rezzonico
JAY REZZONICO (1925-2013) was “a
jewel in our community,” according
to Dr. Kim Bauriedel who spoke at
her memorial service.
In addition to serving as a Hospice of Humboldt founder and in
its early years Executive Director,
Jay devoted
her talents and
energies as
the Executive
Director of the
American Cancer Society, and
Director of Volunteers and Director
of Community Affairs at St. Joseph
March 2013 • Volume 5, Number 1
Giving Care
Hospice of Humboldt, serving with heartfelt care since 1979
Making Inspired and Informed Choices as We Age
Hospice offers workshops on
late life options and support
One of the great services Jay provided to Hospice was to oversee
the challenging decision to transition from a volunteer model to
Medicare/MediCal deemed status,
ensuring long-term stability for the
Once Jay retired in the 1980’s, she
still continued to give to our community as a volunteer and member
of the Boards of Directors for the
American Cancer Society and the
Discovery Thrift Shop, Six Rivers
Planned Parenthood, Hospice of
Humboldt and the Hospice Thrift
Shop, CASA, Vector Health, and
Humboldt Community Breast
Health Project.
Known not only for her quick
wit, executive skill and acumen,
Jay was a charming and elegant
woman who could be relied upon
as a friend by many people. Her
legacy is the development and
strengthening of many local agencies that have made a real difference in people’s lives in Humboldt
County. We will miss her.
WHAT WILL YOU DO when your
parent needs more care than you
can provide? How will your family
know your preferences in end of
life care? Have you thought of the
gift of saying good-bye?
Many of these choices will need to
be made, whether or not plans are
in place for you and your family.
The more you know about late life
choices the more you can be inspired to make satisfying choices.
Advance Directives and
Five Wishes
April 16, 2013. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$25 fee
Who will make your health care
decisions if you are incapacitated? How will they know your
wishes? Learn what’s included in
an advance directive and discover
how you can use the popular Five
Wishes program.
Choosing a Long Term Care Setting
May 21, 2013. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
$25 fee
What’s right for your situation?
Learn the differences between the
care provided at skilled nursing
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From the Executive Director
New Hospice House Update
He has successful obtained all County and
Community Service District approvals we need
to move forward. LACO is continuing to work
with our architects on the design phase of the
• Architects
O’Connor and
Joe Warner of
NMR ArchiTo these ends we
tects. NMR is
felt it important to
completing the
hire the best, most
building design.
experienced conExperienced in
sultants we could
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find to guide us
design process
through the proHospice has
cess. Let me
chosen, NMR
introduce you to
is collaborating
our expert team:
with other team
members to
• Project Manager
ensure that we
Laura Kadlecik,
have accurate
HWR Engineering
cost and sched& Science. The first
uling information
thing we did when
prior to making
the Board approved
final decisions.
the project was
hire Laura as Project Manager. She has been
Otto Construction team, coordinated by Karen
with us for two years now, helping us choose
Brown, is our preconstruction consultant, givproperty, coordinating all the studies prior to
ing us constructability reviews, cost estimating,
purchase, keeping all the other consultants
value engineering, life cycle analysis, and subon track. I think of her as the midwife of this
contractor prequalification so we get the best
value for our money.
• Engineers and planners led by Mike Nelson, LACO Associates. Mike and his team
Our whole team is working hard so that building
have provided all the technical expertise we
can begin this summer and we can move in by
needed for surveys, studies, and applications.
the end of 2015.
Building a Hospice House is a whole new
experience for me. Neither I nor any of the
executive staff have done anything like this
before. When we started we all agreed on the
goals – build the best inpatient facility possible while carefully guarding our
donors’ trust.
time for tea
Join us for our tea time sale of Hats,
Watches, Linens, Baskets, Bunnies, and
Tea Sets Friday, March 29 thru Saturday,
March 30 during our 25% Off Sale!
the Hospice
& Treasures
6th & H Streets, Arcata
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
10 5 p.m. Sat.
Your consignment items are welcome!
Hospice Workshops on Late Life
Options and Support
Art Gatherings for Those Who Grieve
Spring 2013 Creative
Art Gatherings
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and assisted living facilities, and what inhome care solutions are available in our
community. Includes resentations from
local care providers followed by a question and answers session.
What You Always Wanted to Know About
Hospice, but Were Afraid to Ask
June 25, 2013. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. FREE
Do you mistakenly believe any of the
Ten Myths of Hospice Care? Discover the
benefits to patient and family of receiving
support from Hospice earlier rather than
delaying care. Get the facts on how Hospice
services are paid for and get all your questions answered.
Helping the Helper—Caregiver Resources
July 16, 2013. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. $25 fee
Whether you are supporting someone with
a long term illness or someone receiving
Hospice care, learn how to manage the
stress of being a caregiver.
Final Preparations: Funeral and
Burial Options and Writing Your
Own Obituary
September 17, 2013. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. $25 fee
Learn the options for your burial or cremation. Give thought to how you want to be
remembered at your memorial service,
including some inspiring motivation to
write your own obituary!
The Gift of Saying Good-Bye
October 15, 2013. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. $25 fee
How can you help your family cope at
the time of your death? Be inspired to
compose a letter of love to those who are
close to you.
Plan to attend as many workshops as
you like or the entire series. Pre-registration is required and fees may be paid
at the door. Workshop materials are
Call Jana at 497-6260, ext. 102 for
information and to register.
Saturday, April 13, 1:00-4:00
Finding our Center:
Creating Mandalas as Symbols
of Healing
Mandala means circle: they are often created to depict the circle
of life, the universe, the search for completion, or as a focus of
healing and meditation. With a Mandala as our focus we will
have the opportunity to connect with our center and what radiates from it to compose our own personal universe and circle of
Saturday, May 11, 1:00-4:00, On the Eve of Mother’s Day
Exploring the Meaning of Motherhood
By noticing the significance of being mothered and mothering in
each of our lives, both actually and in our dreams, we will journey along a pathway of celebrating, grieving, and healing our
experiences of love and loss in this most central relationship.
We will have an
opportunity to
create collage
images of mother,
child, and the
relationship between them.
Saturday, June 15,
1:00-4:00, On the
Eve of Father’s Day
Lost and
Through the
exploration of our own experience of being fathered, fathering,
or being in relationship with a father, we will have the opportunity to reflect upon the role of fatherhood in our lives. We will
create an image of fatherhood to celebrate, contemplate, notice,
grieve and heal.
This open group meets at Hospice of Humboldt. 2010 Myrtle
Ave., Eureka. A donation of $3-$5 is suggested to cover the cost
of supplies. No artistic experience is necessary and all are
welcome. To register or learn more, call Julie or Gretchen at
A special kind of caring
Hospice of Humboldt
Board of Directors
Gay Miller
Ann Richmond, PhD
Vice President
Kim Thomas
Jane Minor
Linda D’Agati
Immediate Past President
EUREKA, CA 95501
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Norman Christensen, MD
Neal Ewald
Mary Gearheart
Robert Gish
Debbie Hatch, RNC, NP, MSN
Roger Hawkins, CPA
Julie Mastroni
Donald Smullin
Irmalee Jordan
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Family Favorites Cookbook
Over 120 recipes from the
Hospice of Humboldt Auxiliary
What do recipes for “Better than Sex Cake” and “Jello Pretzel Salad” have
in common? They come from a group of well-known local good cooks and
dedicated Hospice volunteers!
Perfect for gift giving! Available at three locations:
• Hospice of Humboldt 2010 Myrtle Ave., Eureka
• Hospice Outreach office, 1036 5th St., Ste. D, Eureka
• The Hospice Shop, 6th & H St., Arcata
$12.00 each, tax included. Proceeds benefit the Ida Emmerson
Hospice House. For more information call 497-6260, ext. 106
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