Women’s Giving Circle: History of Funded Projects

2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

131 Members ~ Funds Raised: $65,500

    • Inpatient Unit Extended Stay Fund – $10,000
      Funds help to provide room and board for patients and families receiving care in the Inpatient Unit. Medicare is limited to paying only when a patient has symptoms that are actively being managed and adjustments to medical interventions are occurring frequently. Funds support inpatient care needs when a patient may no longer be classified for Medicare, however, the Inpatient Unit remains the best place for the patient’s care. Continuous end-of-life care and support in the Inpatient Center provides immense relief from the stress and feelings of helplessness that our families experience when faced with caregiving decisions and financial challenges during this time. While patients and families may be offered an “extended stay” option to privately pay for room and board to remain in the Inpatient Unit, many families do not have the financial resources.
    • Grocery Store Gift Cards – $7,500
      Gift cards provide needed support to our patients and families who are coping with significant financial challenges brought on by their illness. Gifts cards are generally disbursed in $100 increment to purchase basic food necessities, medications not covered by the Hospice Medicare Benefit, and phone cards. Hospice social workers assess the needs for gift cards which are approved by a supervisor prior to disbursement. Based on the $100 increment generally provided per patient, these funds provided support for 75 patients and their families. This project has been funded eight of the last ten years and is an ongoing need.
    • Ambulance Assistance Fund – $2,500
      The Ambulance Assistance Fund is available to cover ambulance transportation for patients who do not have any mechanism for payment for transportation to or from the hospital or the Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center. This is for a patient to receive general inpatient level of care and supportive diagnostic testing. Patients who have Medicare and Medical Assistance for coverage of these services automatically have access to ambulance services; Hospice patients with private insurance or no insurance must pay out of pocket. Patients and families may be forced to remain at home if they are not able to pay for ambulance transportation and yet may need urgent help with managing difficult symptoms which can best be managed at the Inpatient Center.
    • Supportive Care Heart Failure Grant – $7,500
      Funds allowed patients who were diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF) and with financial need, to receive Supportive Care services regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly 50% of all CHF patients decline Supportive Care when faced with an out-of-pocket expense. Patients receiving Supportive Care are able to be monitored more closely which enables them to be referred more easily into hospice care to receive support for the longest possible time during their illness. This support includes a team of hospice staff who help with managing symptoms and medications; providing a 24-hour phone number to call when needed; and education and support for the patient and family throughout the progression of the illness.
    • Inpatient Center Blanket Warmer – $3,982
      We purchased an electro-thermal radiant heat blanket warmer for use in the Inpatient Center. The blanket warmer enables our Inpatient staff to provide patients and family members with increased comfort through a warm blanket. This helps both the patient and family members with reducing anxiety and providing peace of mind, both of which are priorities for Hospice staff.
    • Handmade Gowns & Neck Pillows for IPU Patients – $2,000
      Funds were used to purchase fabric, binding, thread and other supplies for volunteers to sew 110 gowns for patients in the Inpatient Unit. Homemade gowns outlast store-bought gowns in quality and are also more respectable and cheery than standard hospital gowns which make patients and family members more comfortable. Volunteers also made pillows for patients to use while in the Inpatient Unit.
    • Educational Booklets for Caregivers – $2,500
      The books “Gone from My Sight” and “When the Time Comes” provide a wonderful and needed educational tool for Hospice staff to provide to families at the end of life. The booklets are given to current patient families to help them understand the changes to expect at end of life. They provide clear, easy-to-understand explanations of symptoms. Booklets are provided to families in the Inpatient Center and to those families receiving support at home, as well as for patients and families receiving palliative care while hospitalized.
    • We Honor Veterans Program – $2,283
      Funds for the We Honor Veterans Program helped to provide recognition for Veteran patients, volunteers and staff. Patients who are Veterans were given a small flag, wooden rose and card tied with a patriotic ribbon, thanking them for their service to our country. Newly-admitted patients who are Veterans can receive a military pinning by a Vet-to-Vet volunteer who presents the patient with a military certificate with their name and branch where they served, a flag, star and Veteran service pin. Veteran pinnings are also offered to local senior care facilities where each resident who is a Veteran receives a military certificate and pin.
    • Pediatric Sunflower Program Memory Making – $1,000
      We purchased supplies to create memory-making items such as hand or finger prints, memory shadow boxes or hand casts. These items are provided for families whose child is at end of life in the Sunflower Pediatric Program at Hospice & Community Care. Staff offer these to families at the end of a child’s life or to be used after a child’s death to create a lasting memory.
    • Patient Comfort Rinse Shampoo Caps – $559
      Comfort Rinse Shampoo Caps are for patients who are unable to bathe in the shower or whirlpool tub in the Inpatient Center. The Shampoo Caps are fabric-lined and pre-moistened with a gentle, rinse-free shampoo and conditioner. The Shampoo Caps are self-contained, eliminating any cleanup and help our staff to provide a warm, soothing shampoo to provide comfort for patients.
    • Medisets for Patient Use – $5,550
      Medisets were provided to patients and families to support safe medication practice in the home. This has proven invaluable as medication safety is a concern for patients, families and Hospice staff. Many patients struggle to remember when to take which medication. The Medisets provide an organized system to eliminate missed or duplicated doses. Medisets have been previously funded by the Women’s Giving Circle which have been used judiciously but are now depleted. The Medisets may be used for only one patient and family. We purchased 1,000 Medisets.
    • Dementia Resource Kits – $1,700
      Funding provided for items that enhance staff and volunteer interaction with patients who have dementia. The Dementia Resource Kits included a book on validating patients who have dementia and activities to build connections with patients during visits. Kits include molding clay, playing cards, magazines and books that help to meet with the interests and abilities of individual patients. The Dementia Resource Kits also help to provide opportunities for reminiscing with patients and families. Dolls, stuffed animals and small blankets also provide sensory therapy for patients who are anxious or agitated, which helps to provide comfort.
    • Comfort Kits for Families at Inpatient Center and in Hospital with Hospice Response Team $2,500
      Comfort Kits are currently provided to families with a loved one in the Inpatient Center. The Women’s Giving Circle has provided funding several times previously. Comfort Kits include personal care items, note pads, a teddy bear, snacks and other items that are useful and, often comforting, to family members during a stressful time. The Comfort Kits are welcomed and appreciated by families who choose to stay overnight in the Inpatient Unit with their loved one. Kit items were purchased in bulk and compiled by Hospice volunteers.  We are now able to provide Comfort Kits for families with a loved on who is a patient at WellSpan York Hospital under our care through our Hospice Response Team. These patients in the ICU or Emergency Room have a life expectancy of less than 72 hours and are not able to be transported home. Many of these patient’s families remain at their loved one’s bedside and benefit from a Comfort Kit during this difficult time.
    • Palliative Care Pocket Talkers for In-Hospital Use$731
      Pocket Talkers are portable devices used to amplify sound for those who suffer from hearing loss. The devices are used by our palliative care teams with patients who are in the hospital. A significant number of patients have hearing deficits and do not have an assistive device. The Pocket Talkers are portable and battery-operated. They enable clinical staff to talk with patients about their care and include them in decision making to create a plan of care best suited to fit the patient’s goals. The Pocket Talkers relieve family members of the burden of decision making for a loved one unable to hear. They will also assist Palliative Care staff to better adhere to patient privacy as conversations can occur in a quieter tone.
    • Computer on Wheels Point of Care Documentation System$8,460
      We purchased one Point of Care Documentation System for one patient wing of the Inpatient Unit. The goal is for Hospice Inpatient staff to be more present to patients and families and enable them to spend optimal time with patients and their family members. Bedside documentation is enabled as a result of this system as a best practice. This reduces inefficiencies, decreases the probability of errors, promotes information transfer and enables Hospice nurses to be present at the patient’s bedside.
    • GrantHub Grant Management Software$1,590
      We purchased an online GrantHub Grant Management software to efficiently identify new funding opportunities, manage grant proposals, and track funders and relationships. GrantHub streamlines the grant seeking process and creates new efficiencies in generating revenue from foundation grants by building and maintaining a library of information. The cloud-based software populates the answer library with information including supporting statistics, case statements, executive summaries, statements of sustainability, evaluation statements, budgets, and financial statements. The software further provides a system for tracking grant timelines which supports staff’s ability to track multiple grant proposals simultaneously.
    • Education for Coping Kids & Teens Children’s Services Coordinator – $1,700
      The Children’s Services Coordinator at the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss will attend the National Alliance of Grieving Children Annual Symposium in June, 2019.  Diane Kulas has been in this position for eight years; she oversees children’s grief support programs and services, and provides training to staff and volunteers, as well as education in the community. Participants have the opportunity to learn the latest research and clinical developments in working with grieving children and teens; enhance skills and knowledge to deliver state-of-the-art services to grieving children and adolescents; and engage in dialogue with colleagues, clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals to exchange ideas, information and clinical expertise.
    • Social Work & Palliative Care Network General Assembly Funding for 2 Social Workers – $3,445
      Two Palliative Care Social Workers plan to attend the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly in March, 2019. Palliative Care Social Workers play a vital role in creating a comprehensive, patient-centered plan of care. Hospice & Community Care’s commitment to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary team ensures that patients receive all of the benefits that Palliative Care has to offer. The Social Work Assembly will feature leading research, innovative practices, educational strategies, policy initiatives and case narratives from leaders in the field of hospice and palliative care. In 2017, Hospice & Community Care provided palliative care services for more than 3,000 patients.

For a history of the projects funded through the Women’s Giving Circle, click here.