Dickie Kay, a longtime Westchester resident and volunteer for Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester (HPCW) was recently inducted into the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services Senior Hall of Fame.
She was recognized for her numerous volunteer efforts which she began more than 60 years ago.
Dickie began volunteering with HPCW in 2010. She dedicates one or two days each week to visiting with hospice patients at Port Chester Nursing Home. Her volunteer activities include talking with patients, reading to them, or simply sitting and providing comfort with a gentle touch.
Mrs. Kay’s dedication to HPCW provides patients and their families with a sense of comfort during a difficult time.
Mrs. Kay’s interest in working with hospice patients began in 1994, when she and her late husband Martin began volunteering with patients diagnosed with a terminal illness at United Hospital prior to its closing. The Kays’ soon relocated their volunteer services to White Plains Hospital. In addition to Mrs. Kay’s work with HPCW, she has also volunteered her time with various organizations including the American Red Cross.
According to Mary Jane Schaumann, Director of Volunteer & CCP Services for HPCW, Kay is an outstanding member of the Westchester community. “Throughout the course of her volunteer efforts at HPCW, Dickie has continuously made a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.” Schaumann said. “Mrs. Kay acknowledges and respects the care that the facility staff provides to all Port Chester Nursing Home residents.”
The Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame was established in 1982 by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services.
For more information on volunteering for Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, call Mary Jane Schaumann at 914.682.1484 x 116 or email her at MJSchaumann@hospiceofwestchester.com.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is located at 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY 10605, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call 914.682.1484. For the latest news and updates, find HPCW on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hospice-Palliative-Care-of-Westchester/180204428699281
About Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester: Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year, is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides comprehensive hospice care services to people with advanced illnesses who live in Westchester County. Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester offers programs and services that are intended to promote a patient’s quality of life by addressing the medical, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and offers help to their families.