One of the firm’s paralegals volunteers with a local hospice, Avow. Her philosophy that we all have a right to die with dignity drew her to volunteering at a hospice. Once a week she goes to the Georgeson Medical facility on the Avow campus. She serves refreshments to families of patients, helps patients with meals, and sits with patients who are alone. In her words, “When I sit with someone who is alone and dying, the experience seems almost sacred, as if I’m in church.” She received rigorous training and a thorough background check prior to being allowed to volunteer. Avow volunteers are expected to continue their knowledge and training throughout the year by participating in events held in the community, and Avow requires that volunteers refresh their knowledge about compliance issues annually.
Volunteers at Avow…
- Make friendly visits to hospice patients living at home or in facilities
- Provide a welcome respite to family members caring for a loved one – A volunteer may sit with a patient while the family member goes to lunch with a friend, runs errands or the like
- Visit patients at home or in facilities with a trained pet
- Help with tasks at our business offices
- Work at our Treasures resale shop
- Take tickets, direct people, serve refreshments or help in other ways at special events held to raise funds for Avow
Follow this link to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Avow.
Avow1 was formed by community volunteers and has served Collier County and southwest Florida since 1983. As they state on their website, “We are accountable to the public trust and take our direction for service development from the community.” Avow is a non-profit, independent community hospice and palliative care organization, created and managed by volunteer boards of directors. They serve more than 1,700 hospice patients and hundreds of family and community members annually throughout Collier County.
Over 75% of all people in Collier County die with hospice care and Avow cares for 73% of those individuals and families. These penetration rates are 25% higher than state and national trends. Although their hospice homecare census varies by seasonal trends in population, Avow cares for about 285 people in their homes or nursing homes and assisted living communities on an average day.
Avow has been advancing palliative care in southwest Florida since 2003. They first offered outpatient consults in 2004; their palliative medicine team provided hospital-based consults from 2010-2013. They see palliative care patients in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician offices and soon, in an outpatient clinic to be built on the Avow campus. Funded by gifts to our Promise 2 Give campaign, the clinic will be the first of its kind in southwest Florida.
For more information on this wonderful organization, click here.
About Oakstone Law, PL
Oakstone Law PL was founded by Bob Kleinknecht. A member of the Florida Family Trust Company Subcommittee, the Estate Tax & Trust Planning (ETTP) Committee and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar, Kleinknecht has 15 years’ experience.
Prior to founding Oakstone law, he spent more than eight years serving as a personal, in-house estate, tax and charitable planning attorney for a Forbes 400 family in New York and Florida. Before that he was an estate planning and estate settlement attorney with prominent firms in Boston and Washington, D.C. after beginning his career with a boutique firm in Naples, Florida.
Licensed in Florida and Massachusetts, Kleinknecht has developed a practice model that eliminates billing by the hour and offers a streamlined, customized client process supported by technology, security and a personal approach.
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