A 62 year-old patient complains daily of uncomfortable and sleepless nights due to his deteriorating health. He awakens with back and neck pain every day. A simple request for a memory foam mattress pad topper was all he asked to have at home to help with a comfortable night's sleep. The Foundation, with the assistance of the local hospice social worker was able to coordinate with a local vendor to help provide this gentleman a more restful and comfortable nights' sleep.
A 75-year-old patient's son had to quit his job to better assist with his mother's full-time care. This of course resulted in a significant decrease in the household income. The son also became a caregiver to his father. Their current household income is simply not enough to make their monthly rental payment. The Foundation was able to assist this family with their rent, enabling them to buy food and other household necessities.
A 44 year-old patient and her caregiver spouse find themselves falling behind on their monthly minimal living expenses. Their household income has decreased greatly and they find it hard to make ends meet resulting in their utility bill going unpaid for two months. The Foundation was able to assist this family by paying their overdue utility bill.
Patient Special Needs Program -Nationwide Program (Locally to Chathoic Hospice)
Perhaps the most compelling and concrete examples of how the Foundation's resources are used to make a difference in people's lives fall under the category of 'Special Needs.' The Foundation makes grants to fund extraordinary expenses that lie outside the realm of hospice care but are nevertheless critically important to the patient's comfort or peace of mind.
Foundation For End-Of-Life Care Projects - National Outreach
In addition to our primary goal of providing financial support for the special needs of hospice patients and their families, during this same period we have also helped ABODE open a home for guests of hospice patients in San Antonio, Texas. ABODE provides a welcoming, peaceful home and unconditional loving care to hospice guests through the compassionate service of the community and volunteers. The home was also supported by VITAS and a number of other fine organizations. You can read more about ABODE on it's website at www.abodehome.org. In addition, we sponsored the Annual Teleconference of the Hospice Foundation of America, as we have done for the past 16 years. This year's telecast was broadcast to over 100,000 caregivers.