Fulfilling the needs of the hospice community is core to the foundations mission. The aim of the Patient and Family Assistance Fund is to provide assistance for hospice and palliative care patients that have demonstrated a financial need. Examples of support include: burial cost and cremation, covering medication unrelated to the terminal diagnosis, funding hospice care for the uninsured, transportation, utility costs, respite care, housing, food, general living expenses, etc.
A wish granted… A need fulfilled… A welcome surprise…
This program offers hospice patients the opportunity to fulfill a final wish. Through the Dream a Little Dream program, those faced with life-threatening illnesses are encouraged to put their prognosis aside, giving them the opportunity to experience the fulfillment of a life’s dream. PHPCF seeks to carry out its mission by fostering a sense of value, quality and meaning in the lives of those receiving hospice and palliative care.
Portrait sessions – Being surrounded by loved ones is important when facing the end of life. Although this can be a difficult and painful time for those involved, intertwined in these moments we can also find beauty, meaning, joy and deep reflections of love. This journey is a part of our life’s story and capturing these moments can serve as a lasting tribute and meaningful remembrance where family and loved ones are concerned.
When a person is terminally ill the needs of the family or those who serve as a primary caregiver are often overlooked as all energy is focused on caring for the patient. Naturally, this can be a taxing time for any family. When looking after a terminally ill loved one, taking care of everyday tasks and managing a household can quickly become overwhelming. Recognizing the crucial importance of supporting those who serve as primary caregivers is the objective of this program. Examples of services provided include: meal, grocery and pharmaceutical delivery, housekeeping and gardening, assistance with errands, respite care, etc.
PHPCF sponsors bereavement services in order to meet the needs of those struggling with the loss of a loved one. Activities include: coordinating counseling services, grant’s for children’s bereavement camp, support groups, education on identifying the stages of grief and supportive services focused on providing assistance to those adapting to life after losing a loved one to a terminal illness.
Choosing how we live is equally important as choosing how we die. Living well includes dying peacefully, in comfort and with dignity. At PHPCF we are committed to providing ongoing education to both the medical community and the community at large on the topic of end of life care. Broadening the reach of hospice care holds tremendous benefits for those nearing the end of life. Often times due to lack of awareness and understanding, patients die alone, in pain or are referred to hospice too late or not at all. As a result, creating awareness and understanding of the philosophy and value of hospice and palliative care is central to the fulfillment of the foundation’s mission.