November #118 : Employee of the Month - November 2005 - by Lucile Scott

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Senior Class

A Place at the Table

Food for the Soul

Med Blues

Doctor's Diary - November 2005

Talking Turkey

Licking Lipo Where it Lives

Tea Cells

Ask the Sexpert - November 2005

Bedroom Gambling

Word Therapy

Employee of the Month - November 2005

No More Stickups

Postscripts from the Edge

Buzz - November 2005

Positive I.D.

Courting Disaster?

Rent's Due

Mentors - November 2005

Pushing the $$$ Envelope

I Demand a Recount

We are Family

Founder's Letter - November 2005

Mailbox - November 2005

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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November 2005

Employee of the Month - November 2005

by Lucile Scott

Try a Little Tenderness

Joey Terrill
50, Los Angeles
Hospice Activities Director
Diagnosed 1989

Since the first AIDS hospices opened in the late ’80s, thousands of HIVers have rejected a hospital’s colder feel in favor of spending their final days in a hospice. To mark November as National Hospice Month, POZ popped in on HIVer Joey Terrill, activities coordinator at LA’s Carl Bean House for HIVers since 2004:

Why do we need a hospice month?
People’s fear of death prevents them from learning about alternatives like hospice care.

What do the dying need most?
Validation. Also people prefer a home situation, which we try to create. My mother died in a very sterile hospital environment. It was hard to watch.

How does your HIV status affect your work?
I feel more urgency and compassion: Over 50 of my friends have died of AIDS. But it’s not mortality I’ve come to grips with; it’s longevity. Unlike my friends, I’m here—working.

What’s the hardest part?
You form intense bonds, and then residents pass on. But you can measure success. Today, I got someone to listen to a song, and he smiled. I wasn’t even sure he’d be conscious.            

To learn more about hospices, visit

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