Pampering the Families
Guests at Fisher House are here for one reason: to provide support and encouragement to their ill or injured loved one. However, the role of caretaker is a heavy one. The stresses of illness and being away from home are challenging. We are grateful to the donors and volunteers who give their time, treasure, and talent to provide these programs to our guests. Here is a small sample of what is available to guests.
After long days sitting at a loved one's bedside, 20 minutes of chair massage is a welcome break.The benefits are tremendous. "It is twenty minutes of escape to someplace else", said guest Beth T.
In order to strengthen a program that had relied solely on volunteers the Friends offered to pay licensed therapist Charles Fedd to lead the program and assure massage would be provided at least once a week. Additional sessions are then provided by volunteers as they are available.
Charles, himself a Marine Veteran says, "I love having the opportunity to show the families that not only does the VA take care of their love ones, but we at the Fisher House know the importance of caring for those who constantly give. The guests are so busy tending to others; I find it fulfilling to ease their stress and focus on them".
Other guest programs and services include:
Movie Night (monthly excursion, including popcorn)
Quarterly board dinners
Catering or groceries for major holidays
Mother’s Day Brunch
Weekly events and classes
Holiday stockings & gifts
Weekly floral arrangements
Toiletries & welcome gifts
Household and office supplies
Professional gardener & garden supplies
Holiday exterior lighting
Quarterly steam cleaning of tile floors and carpets