Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care. Hospice is often introduced in the last six months of life to provide care for terminally ill patients.
The main focus of hospice is on improving the quality and comfort of the patient’s life. Many patients are cared for in the comfort of their homes or in the home-like setting of choice such as a nursing home, personal care home or assisted living residence. If a symptom is difficult to manage in the home, a patient may be admitted to a hospital for short-term symptom management; however, hospice’s goal is to help patients remain at home, in their familiar surroundings, when possible.
There are several ways to support hospice and assist in carrying out our mission within the community.
1. Volunteer for Hospice
Your Time Improves The Patient’s Quality of Life. Research shows that people who volunteer experience a boost in their mental health. The volunteer role is one of the most tender and significant parts of our Hospice program. Hospice offers a variety of ways to share your time and talents. Some examples include regular office support, direct patient care, supporting veterans, sewing memory bears or working on occasional special projects. If you are 18 years or older and have a heart for helping people in hospice, Hospice of NGMC is committed to finding the best place for you in our program.
Are you interested in volunteering? Click here to apply today!
2. Donate to Hospice
Your donations help fund our program! The basic cost of providing hospice care is funded through insurance; however, many of our complimentary services such as art, music, and massage therapy and our entire grief support program are funded through donations. One of the easiest ways to donate to hospice is through Love Light. Love Light is a year-round, community-wide fundraising initiative that provides an opportunity to honor your loved one during the holiday season. For more information or to make a donation visit www.nghs.com/lovelight.
Your gift of any amount will help bring comfort to patients and their families in one of the most challenging chapters of life. Hospice of NGMC provides care to anyone in our region, regardless of their ability to pay.
3. Educate others about Hospice
Your experience can educate others! We often hear from our hospice families that they wish they had known about hospice earlier. One of the most important things you can do is to educate friends, family and others in your community. What is hospice? How was hospice helpful to you and your family? Many people do not realize that their loved one may qualify for hospice—sharing your experience may make all the difference.
Give to Hospice of NGMC
Your gift of any amount will help bring comfort to patients and their families in one of the most difficult chapters of life. Hospice of NGMC provides care to anyone in our region, regardless of their ability to pay. Help us continue to fulfill that mission by donating.