Women’s Giving Circle: History of Funded Projects

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

155 Members ~ Funds Raised: $77,500

    • We Honor Veterans Supplies – $2,000
      Hospice & Community Care is committed to serve Veterans and continues to participate in the We Honor Veterans Program, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This program ensures recognition for Veterans in the following ways: 1) Hospice & Community Care recognizes staff, volunteers and patients on Veterans Day by presenting each Veteran patient with a small flag, wooden rose and card, tied in patriotic ribbon, thanking them for their service. 2) Newly-admitted patients who are Veterans have the opportunity to receive a military pinning by a Vet-to-Vet volunteer. The volunteer presents patients with a military certificate with their name and branch of the military, a small flag, a star and a veteran service pin. 3) Pinnings are coordinated with local senior living facilities where each resident that is a Veteran receives a military certificate and pin.
    • Inpatient Extended Stay Fund – $12,500
      Many patients and families struggle with incredibly difficult caregiving decisions while faced with financial burdens throughout a patients’ illness, compounded by unique psychosocial factors that present through end of life. Each gift to the Inpatient Center Extended Stay Fund provides our patients and their families valuable time to focus on what is most important to them without the added burden of inpatient room and board fees when insurance no longer covers this service and patients and families do not have the financial resources to pay these fees at $325 per day. These situations create tremendous stress and pressure for patients, families and staff to find funding or placement in another location despite the compelling need for extended Inpatient Center time and resources. Many times, there exists little to no other options for care in another setting. Each year we exhaust available funding, and more, to provide this meaningful service for our patients and families.
    • Patient Comfort Rinse Shampoo Caps – $1,118  
      Imagine not being able to wash your hair for a couple of days, even weeks! Such a simple pleasure can mean so much and make us feel better about ourselves. The Inpatient Center provides baths, showers and whirlpools for many of our patients, but some are too ill, too painful, too debilitated to have their hair washed. Comfort Rinse Shampoo Caps have proven to be a great alternative for these patients. Many have told us how much they appreciate the service and with some patients, you can see the pleasure all over their faces without saying a word as we gently massage and shampoo. This gift will provide 80 shampoo caps for each of the three wing of the Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center.
    • Dementia Resource Kits – $2,000   
      The Women’s Giving Circle funded Dementia Resource Kits in 2018 and within weeks of purchasing mechanical cats and dogs, baby dolls, puzzles, magazines, books, weighted blankets and fidget blankets, staff quickly realized the impact these resources have on our patients. The kits have served as a way of enhancing staff and volunteer interactions by bringing us closer to patients and allowing us to provide an additional layer of comfort. This concept also generated the creation of a volunteer training for 40 Hospice volunteers to learn how to use these materials when working with patients. This funding will add additional dementia resource stations at all Hospice locations including Lancaster, York and Mount Joy. This will also allow us to continue to share these tools with our staff and volunteers visiting dementia patients.
    • Clinical Patient Special Needs Fund – $15,000
      Hospice & Community Care is taking care of more patients than ever who are younger, sicker and without access to a steady income leaving them to fall through the cracks of our economic system. We are often left with very few options when our patients are in need of basic human necessities. These funds will be used to provide medications for a patient that doesn’t have health insurance, provide emergency funds to pay the electric bill of an oxygen-dependent patient in danger of having their electric shut off, provide translation services to a non-English speaking family or patient, provide a sign language interpreter for a deaf patient or family, or to purchase specialized medical equipment for a pediatric patient whose comfort depends upon that specialized equipment. Since our patients often don’t have “time” to find a generous individual to support these urgent needs, having this fund allows Hospice leadership to grant funding requests in a timely manner.
    • Coping Kids & Teens Program Supplies – $1,483
      Coping Kids & Teens helps children, teens and families learn about loss, develop coping skills and build self-confidence through fun-filled activities and opportunities for small and large-group sharing in a safe environment. One of the Coping Kids & Teens programs offered annually is Camp Chimaqua, an overnight weekend camp for grieving children. This experience allows campers to realize they are not grieving alone and to understand that their feelings are normal as they get to know others who have also lost a loved one. Since children grieve differently than adults, children may use play or creative activities such as drawing or writing to express their grief. As they share what they create with others they learn new ways to cope with their grief. As with all programming provided by the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss, Camp Chimaqua is offered to families asking only for a $25 registration fee that may be waived for financial hardship. This cost does not come close to covering the actual expense of renting a facility and providing staffing, activities and food for the weekend. As part of the camp experience, the children attending camp are provided string backpacks and water bottles. As the majority of the camp activities are held outdoors, it is important that the children remain hydrated throughout the weekend. The campground has built-in water stations set up throughout, so it is very easy for kids and adults to refill their bottles inexpensively and they provide a nice keepsake of camp. The string backpacks are used for each child to carry their grief journal, crafts, teddy bears and other camp activities and essentials they may need. For many children this is their first time away from home. These funds will cover the cost of waterbottles and string backpacks for the campers.
    • Air Conditioner and Fan Purchases For Patients – $2,000
      Often our patients do not have air conditioners or fans nor the funds to purchase them. As the weather gets more hot and humid, the discomfort of our patients increases and symptoms become more difficult to manage, especially for our respiratory patients. The addition of a fan or air conditioner provides great comfort for our patients and helps ease their symptoms without adding or changing medications. Adding these items can also increase the comfort of the caregiver while they prove patient care.
    • Specialty Medical Equipment Rentals – $12,500
      Typically, patient medical equipment such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, commodes and oxygen is paid for by insurance or Medicare. However, there are times when patients are admitted with extraordinary equipment needs and Hospice is responsible to cover the cost of the equipment. Most commonly the patients are in need of specialized respiratory equipment but there is also often a need for specialized chairs or wound care equipment. This equipment can cost thousands of dollars. While we are committed to taking care of any patient, regardless of the expenses associated with their care, these complex equipment needs are a financial challenge for the organization.
    • Gift Cards – $7,000
      The gift card project has been generously supported by the Women’s Giving Circle for ten of the past 11 years. These cards provide much needed support to patients and families who are often coping with significant financial challenges brought on by their illness. The cards are usually disbursed in $100 increments and have supported the purchase of basic necessities like food, medications not covered by the Hospice benefit, baby formula and phone cards. At times, the cards are disbursed to free up money for other necessities like utilities or rent. The assessment of the need for the gift cards is primarily handled by Hospice Social Workers and approved by Social Work supervisors before disbursement.
    • “Gone from my Sight”, “The Eleventh Hour” and “When the Time Comes” Booklets – $1,141
      This funding will provide “Gone from my Sight”, “The Eleventh Hour” and “When the Time Comes” educational booklets. Since receiving funding previously from the Women’s Giving Circle, there has been a positive response from staff, current patients and families who have been most impacted by this project. Though Hospice does have a caregiver handbook, we find that caregivers may be overwhelmed by the amount of information. Alternatively, these booklets are specific to the changes that can be expected at end of life and provide an explanation of these symptoms in simple, easy to read formats. These booklets have been a great resource for Home Hospice and Inpatient Center patients. The booklets are also used by Palliative Medicine patients.
    • Clinical Care Recliner – $3,000
      This funding is for two Lumex Deluxe Clinical Care Recliners to test in the Bob Fryer & Familt Inpatient Center. We received Women’s Giving Circle funds for our current recliner but they now show signs of significant wear and are in need of repair. Our current recliners also do not recline properly unless we use a trash can to prop the foot rest and we are not able to move them easily which results in back strain for staff. A tray table will not slide under the chair to allow a patient’s belongings or food to be placed in front of them for easy access. The Lumex Recliner has a tray on the side of the chair that can be placed in front of the patient allowing for better body positioning for patients to eat. The Lumex recliner would further allow staff to transport patient throughout the room, hall and outside on the patio. The Lumex recliner allows three positions for patient comfort: 1) There is an upright position that allows for patient transport. 2) The second position allows the patient to be upright to watch TV. 3) The third position is the full recline position ideal for rest or reading. There are built-in arm rests providing increased comfort for the patient and he swivel canisters allow for ease of movement, improving comfort for the patients and reducing strain and injury to staff.
    • Pediatric Patient Memory Making Supplies – $1,000
      These funds will be used to purchase memory-making craft supplies, which are offered to all pediatric patients and their families. These crafts provide the nurse with a fun activity which can open doors of trust and relationship building and enables family to laugh together and enjoy time that is not focused on medical tasks. The activities include hand casting kits, which preserve the child’s hand in detail, providing a “statue” of the child’s hands along with sibling and/or parents, supplies for making hand prints on paper, which can be framed and kits for having the child’s fingerprint and name etched in metal and made into a charm for the family.
    • Supportive Care Patient Financial Assistance – $15,000
      Supportive Care was created to provide some Hospice services to patients still receiving active treatment for their illness. This program provides management of difficult symptoms, spiritual and emotional support as well as coordination of care for patients and families. We have received past support from the Women’s Giving Circle and other sources but those funds have been exhausted. Most patients qualify for some level of financial assistance through Hospice’s charitable care program, however, many patients will still owe $500-$2,500 based on their income level. For some, even this is too much and they choose to forgo the support offered by the program. Having a grant to assist with the cost of care would allows patients with a financial need to receive care without cost to them and allow Supportive Care to reach more patients.
    • Supportive Care Symptom Management Kits – $2,000
      Symptom Management Kits and Bowel Kits kits have a small quantity of various medications that our nurses can utilize to manage a patient’s symptoms; of pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, nausea and constipation. These kits serve as our toolbox in the patient’s home and can be accessed 24-hours a day, and is often the key to keeping the patient comfortable and out of the hospital. This funding will provide these kits for patients who are in our Supportive Care program. Supportive Care offers assistance with managing difficult symptoms, help to facilitate advance care planning conversations with patients, and to help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Patients and families can access our 24-hour help number so that a nurse can assess a patient’s symptoms and make medication changes that can enable the patient to remain at home. Medications from the Symptom Management Kits are not covered under the Supportive Care program, so patients in this program must privately pay for the kits if they want to have them available. This funding will purchase 60 kits. Patients in Supportive Care often transition to Hospice Care; when this occurs, the kit would continue to be used throughout the patient’s care.

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