Donating to Hospice
Are you grateful for the wonderful care of McLean Hospice? Memorial and tribute gifts are a meaningful way for you to make a gift in memory of a dear friend or loved one, or in honor of a special person in your life. McLean Giving is a 501.c.3 not-for-profit organization. Funds donated to Mclean Hospice are utilized in a variety of ways.
- Special Needs for Patients and Families – these funds may cover the cost of care when there is no available pay source or they may cover the costs of the special needs of individual patients. This could include assistance with transportation, home heating costs, special seating arrangements, etc. We have also utilized funds to cover massage therapy outside of what our program is able to normally provide.
- Hospice Enhancing Life Program (HELP) – The primary fear of dying patients is the fear of abandonment. As a person becomes sicker and sicker and is less able to participate in life as they once did their world can become isolative. The same is also true of a loving family caring for a terminally ill person at home. The McLean HELP program seeks to help patients and families be assured that they are not forgotten and the world has not abandoned them. Through this program we are able to provide small special gifts for our patients and their families. These might include balloons and a cake for a last wedding anniversary or birthday, a basket of gifts and goodies during the holiday season, stuffed animals for patients with dementia, recordings of life histories on CDs, or small parties to celebrate a person’s life.
- Bereavement Care – Although all pay sources discontinue payment upon the death of a Hospice patient, Hospice continues to provide bereavement support to the family for 13 months following the death of their loved one. This support can include one to one visits to surviving family, psycho-educational mailings, telephone support, support groups, and special memorial events. McLean Hospice also provides bereavement support to anyone in the community who has suffered a loss and whose needs can be met by Hospice. Donations help to defray the cost of this bereavement care.
- Community Education – Because our mission is to improve quality of life and to promote choice at end of life, McLean Hospice staff provide education to local church and civic groups, nursing home and other healthcare providers about a variety of topics including the choices for care at end of life and about hospice.
- Education and Support of Hospice Staff and Volunteers – There are advances in medicine and pharmacy every day. In order to provide the best care possible at end of life, Hospice staff need regular ongoing education. Compassion Fatigue is a term that describes what can happen to healthcare workers exposed to death and dying on a daily basis. Compassion fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped. Hospice staff support and education are needed on a regular basis so that they can continue to give the best care possible at end of life. Donations help to defray the costs of staff education and support.