Grants Awarded for 2013-2014
MORE THAN $1 MILLION AWARDED BY HOSPICE FOUNDATION
TO LOCAL END-OF-LIFE CHARITIES
Hospice care at home, palliative care for children and adults, end-of-life care programs for U.S. military veterans and multi-lingual populations, and specialized bereavement support for families are just a few of the services that receive funding from Hospice Foundation for the latter part of 2013 and through 2014 in Monterey and San Benito counties.
Twelve local nonprofits were awarded a total of $1,018,750 in grant funding to help sustain, innovate and expand an array of end-of-life care and support services for this Central Coast region of California.
“Hospice Foundation funding allows all of these end-of-life care providers to concentrate on doing what they do best–offer professional assistance, a helping hand, a listening ear, a compassionate heart,” said Siobhan M. Greene, president and CEO of Hospice Foundation, “and we are proud to partner with all of them in those efforts to strengthen the availability of services locally.”
A three-way Partnership of Caring, Comfort, and Compassion
Since its founding in 1997, Hospice Foundation has worked diligently with donors and service providers to ensure the availability of care and comfort services in Monterey and San Benito counties for people at the end of life, and their families.
“Donations are vital to this effort,” said Siobhan Greene. “With community support, it is the Foundation’s goal to not only make our region a better place to live, but a caring and compassionate place to die.”
For 2013-2014, Hospice Foundation is proud to partner with the following organizations to fund these vital community services:
This provides ongoing support of Community Hospital's end-of-life hospice and palliative care services, and individual, group and family bereavement support, including those provided by a chaplain and other counselors.
The cost to provide care for hospice programs is often far greater than what is received in payment from insurance and Medicare. This grant helps close the gap between the two so that services remain available and of high quality.
2013-14 Grant $50,000
When the illness is cancer, the stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty profoundly affect the entire family. As these families face difficult decisions about their child’s treatment and care, parents often feel overwhelmed with feelings that there is no where to turn for help. This funding helps families bridge these challenges as Jacob's Heart provides information, support, counseling and other vital services.
This grant funds CHPCC's support services for families, including help with transportation to urban medical centers and financial subsidies.
The prospect of losing a child to a life-threatening illness is so difficult for families that navigating through the choices about care, services, specialties, medications, as well as dealing with their fears and anxieties is more than most families can bear. They are often overwhelmed by the emotions and anxiety of it all. CHPCC's Partnership for Children program's transportation services for critically ill children and their families help when it is difficult for them to travel on their own to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford or the University of California at San Francisco.
Coastal Kids Home Care works in collaboration with another grant recipient, Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition/Partnership for Children, to provide a range of health care and support services for critically ill children in Monterey and San Benito counties. Emotional, practical and bereavement support is also available to their families with this funding.
Natalie, a lovely two-year-old who was born with a severe, irreparable congenital heart defect, has greatly benefitted from these collaborative partnership between these two dedicated agencies.
A shy girl, Natalie is wary of strangers, and slow to warm to a new face, but Coastal Kids staff has slowly ingratiated themselves to this little sweetie, and now she loves her nursing and therapy visits. Coastal Kids’ nurses reported small changes in Natalie’s energy level and appetite to her specialty physician, and in January, she contracted an upper respiratory infection tht required she be hospitalized.
Her status on the transplant list has been elevated to a high priority level. While Natalie awaits a heart, her waiver services continue, and Coastal Kids’ social worker supports her family, actively listening and counseling Natalie’s mom, coordinating care with the staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and ensuring that Natalie’s family has access to transportation and other safety net services they need to manage through the trauma of Natalie’s illness.
At the age of 10, Olivia was diagnosed with lymphoma, became critically ill and had to leave school. She needed chemotherapy and other treatments from her Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital physicians. But her parents had no way to get her there or knew how to handle the follow up from these appointments. They were very worried about how to get Olivia the help she needed. Coastal Kids and its collaborative partners were able to provide home nursing care, transportation, and family supportive services as Olivia went through her treatments. Today, though her future is still uncertain, Olivia is 12 and attending school every day.
When a child has critical or terminal illness, the stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty profoundly affect the entire family. These families face difficult decisions about their child’s treatment and care, and often experience challenges with transportation or other family issues. This funding helps families bridge these challenges as Coastal Kids Home Care provides home nursing care and works with its other collaborative partners to provide other services. The result is a comprehensive program of care, information, support, counseling and other vital services for children and their families.
In-home palliative end-of-life care for adults in Monterey and San Benito counties. VNA will provide a range of nursing care, emotional and grief support for patients, and support and guidance to their family caregivers.
This funding helps CCVNA & Hospice, Inc. strengthen its ability to meet the community's needs for end-of-life care and grief support at home, where their patients want to be, and where families can attend to their needs and spend quality time.
This funding will provide operating support for Compassionate Care Alliance, founded by Hospice Foundation in 2000 as the End-of-Life Coalition.
The organization became CCA in 2002 as a separate non-profit and today offers a range of community education programming on planning and preparing for the end-of-life. This grant will help CCA present educational workshops for the public, physicians, and other health care providers about care and caring at the end-of-life, advance healthcare directives, the Physician's Order for Life Sustaining Treatment or (POLST), and other issues.
This grant continues support for Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital’s palliative care program that provides pain and symptom management, psychological and spiritual care for its in-hospital patients, as well as its skilled nursing and residential care patients at the end of life. Bereavement counseling for their families is also funded. Hazel Hawkins' palliative care program began in 2003 with funding from Hospice Foundation. The ability to offer different kinds of choices in end-of-life care is important to ensuring that people receive the most appropriate care based on their needs and desires. Palliative care is an emerging specialty offered only in inpatient settings. Like hospice, it combines pain and symptom management and emotional support, but adds the option to continue with aggressive medical interventions, such as chemotherapy. Hospice care is provided at home, supports the family in their caregiving, and does not include aggressive treatments.
This grant funds cross-training of staff to provide emotional support services to HIV/AIDS clients at the end of life and their families or caregivers.
Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services is on the front lines daily assisting HIV/AIDS patients in Monterey and San Benito counties, and their families. With its grant from Hospice Foundation this year, CCHS is providing a variety of emotional and spiritual support services.
These kinds of support services can make a huge difference in the quality of life for people at the end of life. They help provide a compassionate continuum of care and comfort for people who are grappling with this disease.
This grant funds bereavement counseling for individuals, providing complex grief interventions for low-income residents of the Monterey Peninsula.
Sometimes, the process of grief is multi-layered, with complex emotional issues that require special interventions.
For some people, the cycle of grief doesn't even begin until six months or longer after their loss.
Some find strength, help and support through local grief group support programs and complete their course after several weeks. Others, especially men, studies show, prefer more privacy in their grief. Still others have difficulty functioning successfully without longer-term help.
This grant fulfills a range of special needs by funding ongoing grief counseling for low-income individuals with the goal of helping them move forward in their lives.
This grant will fund hospice patient care and bereavement services for residents in North Monterey County, as well as Hospice of Santa Cruz County's We Honor Veterans outreach program to U.S. military veterans.
This grant will fund palliative care team training for Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California, as well as multi-media, bi-lingual materials on end-of-life care issues for patients and families.
For more information about the criteria used to determine the awarding of these grants, please call the Hospice Foundation at (831) 333-9023, or e-mail Siobhan Greene, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospice Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a description of the Foundation’s Grant Guidelines, click here.
Note: Hospice Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under IRS code 501(c)3. ID No. 94-2404634.