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Angels On Call Fund
With a generous $1,000 gift from a staff member, Family Hospice and Palliative Care created a fund in 2014 that provides support for special needs of our patients and their families. The Fund provides resources for patients who are economically disadvantaged and for whom a special gift(s), experience, or service will make a positive difference in the life of the patient and/or caregiver. These gifts cover the cost of items that are not typically provided by hospice but which would be beneficial for the care of a medical, social, spiritual or practical need of a hospice patient, and for which there are no other readily available resources. Angels on Call support is available only to remedy an immediate crisis, and will not be used to cover continuing payments for any items with the exception of a medical alert system for the patient. This Fund has subsequently been supported by gifts from the Friends of Family Hospice, and from grateful families and friends of many Family Hospice patients.
The Angels on Call Fund has:
- Obtained a $50 gift card to a retail store enabling a caregiver to purchase pajamas for a bed-bound patient with lung and colon cancer.
- Paid half of an outstanding water bill for a 58-year old patient who could no longer work, and whose water bill was in arrears.
- Secured materials from a home improvement store to enable a patient’s son to construct bannisters inside and outside the house so that the hospice patient could remain at home.
- Supported the transportation for a 65-year old patient who was a Civil War re-enactor to enable him to participate in a regional Civil War Reenactment at which he was honored as a founding member of the group. Since the patient was wheelchair-bound, a driver was hired to get him to the event, at which he was also recognized with a 21-gun salute.
- Provided a gift card for gasoline, and funds to kennel the parents’ pets, so they could travel to Pittsburgh to visit their 14-year old son who was in hospice care.
- Paid for a baby monitor so that a daughter who was a caregiver and slept in an upstairs bedroom could hear her mother, who was a fall risk, move about in her first-floor bedroom.
- Enabled an elderly couple, both of whom were on hospice care, to travel to their son’s home for Thanksgiving. The father was unable to travel by car and needed to be transported by ambulance. Since the trip was not deemed “medically necessary” there was no source of reimbursement for the trip. The Angels on Call Fund made this family reunion possible.