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Community chalk drawings at Hospice signal hope during difficult times

Emily Brown, 15, makes chalk drawings in front of the Kloefkorn Hospice Home at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions is used to giving comfort during difficult times.

The age of coronavirus has only solidified that mission.

With that in mind, hospice is inviting anyone in the community to make chalk drawings and window paints at the hospice’s Kloefkorn Hospice Home.

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“We just want to open this up to the community so anyone who wants to come down and help brighten up the patient’s homes,” said hospice communication liaison Susan Burk.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“It gives a chance for the community to give back,” she said.

The chalk and window paint materials are out from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. Thursday was the first day of the idea.

Burk says adapting to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a “challenge.”

“There has to be limitations on the visitors coming in and out, but we’re doing everything we can to make sure that loved ones can visit the people in hospice home,” she said. “We have people who visit at the windows, we have a dedicated aid who works specifically with technology, using FaceTime and Zoom to connect the patients with their loved ones.”

Hospice is also using a TeleHospice system that uses a specially programmed tablet to monitor an outpatient’s vitals and connect them to nurses and loved ones. The system helps reduce the number of physical visits, which helps reduce the possibility of infection.

She said there has been some surprising benefits to using technology, allowing far away family who haven’t seen relatives in some time to reconnect visually through technology.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)