Linda has spent years working and volunteering with seniors, including providing at-home care for a few hospice patients. "That's why I was very excited to see the announcement for new board members," she said.
It just so happens that Linda joining the Dinners with Love board coincides with the start of hospice volunteer training at one of our partner agencies, the Rutland Area VNA & Hospice. Though the training is not required to be on the board, Linda jumped at the opportunity to learn more about hospice care.
Linda says she has already learned so much during her hospice training. One key lesson is how to meet hospice patients where they are, mentally and spiritually. "Some hospice patients accept that they are going to die, while others believe that they are going to beat 'this thing,'" she explained. "You have to feel each patient out and support them in how they feel about their own death."
Apart from being a new DwL board member and hospice-volunteer-in-training, Linda is the owner of Senior Circuit, an in-home service for seniors to learn how to use computers and technology. Linda has an Associate’s degree in Medical Information Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Johnson State College. Earlier in her life, Linda spent many years working in the billing departments of various medical offices. She moved to Vermont from Colorado by way of New York in 2007, having followed her sisters up here after one married a Rutland native.
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