Frank Santos: Hospice of the Foothills was there for my family; make sure it’s there for yours
Hospice of the Foothills (HOF) recently mailed its Community Report, Care Matters, to over 5,000 homes and businesses in the area.
This is a very critical time as the Community Report contains the annual appeal for donations. This funding is vital in order for HOF to continue providing our high level of services to our community.
Declining revenues have required that we reduce expenses. Thus we have modified our organizational structure, and implemented many other cost-saving actions.
However, we must have more funding to continue our level of service. We need your help.
Hospice of the Foothills, with a staff of 74 full-time employees and almost 500 volunteers, relies on the generosity of our community to ensure patients and their families receive comprehensive, compassionate care when and where they need it.
Approximately 80 percent of hospice expenses are paid by Medicare, insurance, or Medi-Cal. The remainder is funded by the community through your financial gifts, support of Friends of Hospice events or through donations made to one of four gift and thrift stores in the area.
HOF is a nonprofit medical 501(c)(3) and was built for the community, by the community and as such, serves all persons within the community with life-limiting illness regardless of their ability to pay.
Hospice is about choices, quality of life and involvement of the patient and the family in those very import conversations. It is the goal of Hospice of the Foothills to provide the patient with symptom management as well as spiritual, emotional, and social support after the diagnosis of a terminal illness.
Aside from making the patient comfortable, no job is too big or too small for the hospice team including: assisting with household chores, bathing the patient, helping with funeral planning, providing favorite music, massage therapy, reading to the patient, etc. The hospice team also provides guidance, education, emotional and spiritual support to family and friends of the patient.
Hospice of the Foothills’ has been serving western Placer and Nevada County residents for over 36 years, providing for more than 500 patients and families each year. Hospice focuses on allowing those with life-limiting illnesses a way to be able to live the remainder of their lives with dignity and on their own terms, at home, alert and free of pain, among the people and things they love.
Hospice staff and volunteers help patients, their family and friends to focus on what’s most important to them — allowing people to spend time together, share memories, say goodbyes, find peace and care for one another; allowing the patient and those close to them to find joy.
For those who cannot be cared for in their own homes, Hospice of the Foothills has a 12-bed hospice inpatient facility. The Compassionate Care Home provides patients with high-quality care around-the-clock, seven days a week. This serene home that the community sponsored is one of only 15 such facilities in the state.
The month of November is National Hospice Month and the first of December is National Giving Day. Please put HOF on your list!
If you did not receive a Community Report, you can pick one up in one of the four HOF gift and thrift stores, or find it posted on their website at http://www.hofo.org under the “giving” tab.
Everyone in the community — a family member, friend, or neighbor — may need hospice someday. Hospice of the Foothills was there for my family, let’s make sure it will be there for yours.
E. Frank Santos is president of the board of directors for Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley.
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