Apples of Gold

Apples of Gold

“As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.”


The words above were written by, whom some believe was the wisest king to ever walk the earth. Here at Paramount, we understand the need for our hospice patients to hear, “the right word at the right time,” and we have found an excellent way of doing this through our volunteer reading program, Apples of Gold. Apples of Gold is an individualized reading program customized to best meet the needs and interests of our hospice patients. Before the hospice patient begins the program, a questionnaire is to be filled out by either the patient or the patients’ family to discern the reading or literately interests of our patient both past and present. Once literature is chosen, our hospice volunteer will begin a reading routine, reading in a setting that best meets the needs and comforts of the patient.

Program Goals

There’s nothing more soothing than falling asleep to the sound of a book being read by a loved one. The idea that reading and literature can make us emotionally and physically stronger, goes back to the time of Plato. And although we understand that with hospice patients, a physical recovery is not always possible, we strive for an optimal level of emotional and mental comfort through our reading program. Reading can push the pain away into a place where it no longer seems important. No matter how ill you are, there’s a world inside books which we can enter and explore, and in turn, focus on something other than our own problems.

Who can become a part of the Apples of Gold reading program?

All are welcomed who have a kind heart and a willing spirit and would like to make a difference in some ones life. If you think that this is something that you might be interested in, please contact Stephanie at (412) 901-3772. We would love to hear from you. Please call for more information about our reading program and learn how both hospice patient and volunteer can benefit from the power of reading.

Apples of Gold, just another way that Paramount Hospice shows that patients are an extension of our family, and how we continue strive for excellence in long term care!