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Hospice of the Foothills receives proclamation from mayor

Grass Valley Mayor Jason Fouyer presents a proclamation to Kristin Donahue, Development Director for Hospice of the Foothills.
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Each November, Hospice of the Foothills joins hospice providers across the country in observance of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. To raise awareness about hospice care in the local community, on Tuesday, the Grass Valley City Council and Mayor Jason Fouyer presented Hospice of the Foothills’ Development Director, Kristin Donahue, with a special proclamation.

In addressing the audience, Fouyer said, “Hospice care is like having a big warm blanket for our community.”

Since its founding in 1978, Hospice of the Foothills has served nearly 15,000 patients and families. Among those recently served was a young mother with small children. She received hospice care at home for several months, allowing her to spend valuable time with her husband and children.

When her need for care grew, she was admitted into the Compassionate Care Home, a hospice inpatient facility, where skilled staff were able meet her complex care needs while providing her family with the reassurance that she was safe and comfortable in a home-like surrounding.

The comprehensive, compassionate care given this young mother and her family over many months by an interdisciplinary care team — in her own home and in the facility — is not an exception. It is but one example of Hospice of the Foothills’ commitment to the community to provide the highest quality hospice care and services, regardless of a patient’s financial circumstance. It also demonstrates how the Compassionate Care Home, which is dedicated to caring for those unable to be cared for in their own homes, can meet the diverse needs of patients, families, and our community.

National Hospice Month is the perfect time to consider making a gift to Hospice of the Foothills. Although Hospice of the Foothills receives some reimbursement from Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance, the reimbursements fall far short of the actual cost of care. Community donations, along with proceeds from the Hospice Gift & Thrifts stores, are the only source of income available to bridge the growing reimbursement gap.

For 36 years Hospice of the Foothills has provided hospice, palliative, respite care and bereavement support for families when and where they are needed. To make a gift today or for more information about Hospice of the Foothills call 530-272-5739 or visit http://www.hofo.org.

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