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JGS receives Marceau grant renewal

JGS dogsLONGMEADOW – Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care, a program of Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) has received a renewal of funding from the Albert E. & Lillian M. Marceau Fund for the Terminally Ill for the continuation of its Therapeutic Harp program and Visiting Dog Program.
“We are truly honored that the Marceau Foundation is continuing to fund these two wonderful programs,” said Diane Mintz, executive director of Spectrum Home Health & Hospice Care.  “Both programs help distinguish Spectrum’s end-of-life services, and they are now so ingrained in our patient-care.”
This will be the fifth year for the Therapy Dog program. Golden Retrievers Niles and Caber come to JGS from Bright Spot Therapy in Westhampton. This year, JGS has a new therapy dog, “Buttons” a white, long-haired  Chihuahua. A second new dog has finished orientation and is scheduled to commence visits in the next few weeks.
JGS’ bedside harp program now in its sixth year, is managed by Donalyn Gross, Ph.D., LCSW, CMP. She is a Certified Music Practitioner, providing support to those nearing the end-of-life, and education to healthcare providers, for more than 29 years.
The Albert E. and Lillian M. Marceau Foundation for the Terminally Ill was established by William T. Marceau, son of Albert E. & Lillian M. Marceau, who established this fund in memory of his parents, as a way to fund initiatives that bring comfort to the terminally ill.

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