Nonprofit Hospice Urges Support to Families with Terminal Illnesses
Posted: December 20, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich., (Dec. 20, 2010) --Arbor Hospice is urging supporters to make an early New Year's resolution to donate to The Arbor Hospice Foundation before midnight Dec. 31, helping to fund nonprofit hospice programming such as pediatric hospice services. Donations made by the end of the year are eligible for a tax write off on 2010 taxes.
The Arbor Hospice Foundation must raise critical funds to "fill the gap" that exists between the needs of our community and the cost to meet those needs. With the high unemployment rate, many people do not have the benefit of insurance coverage that typically covers hospice care. Also, pediatric hospice services often require more intensive services and grief support needs are higher during the holiday time.
"Reimbursements are shrinking and the number of patients who are not covered by insurance is rising," said Heidi Grix, Vice President of Development and Executive Director of The Arbor Hospice Foundation. "We expect this trend to continue until the economy fully recovers. This year especially, we are urging our generous supporters to give what they can to help their friends and neighbors make a peaceful, dignified and comfortable end-of-life transition."
The Arbor Hospice Foundation raises funds for four areas of programming in order to deliver high quality hospice care.
- Pediatric Hospice Services - The actual cost to provide care for a pediatric patient and their family averages $4,000 more per patient compared to an adult over the same period. Pediatric hospice services have increased from an average of 10 patients to 24 patients at any given time within the last year.
- Grief Support Services - While all Medicare-certified hospices are required to provide grief support services for thirteen months following the death of a loved one, reimbursements by Medicare and Medicaid end when the patient dies. Arbor Hospice continues offering grief support for as long as it is needed to anyone, regardless of whether the family member received hospice care from Arbor Hospice. All grief support services are solely funded by philanthropy, and offer a continuum of individual and group services for children, adults and families to anyone in the community besides those who lost a loved one receiving Arbor Hospice's services.
- Uncompensated Care - This is provided to people eligible for Medicaid or other insurance either in their own homes, or in The Residence of Arbor Hospice. The cost for care is not fully covered by the insurance reimbursement.
- Charity Care -Care to patients and their families without insurance or the ability to pay for services on their own.
Donations to The Arbor Hospice Foundation can be made by calling 734.794.5122 or visiting www.arborhospice.org.
About Arbor Hospice and The Arbor Hospice Foundation
Since 1984 Arbor Hospice has been committed to providing quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses. Arbor Hospice, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, is integrated into the community with the help of its experienced staff and caring volunteers through its certified hospice services, inpatient hospice facility, grief support services and community education programs. Arbor Hospice serves communities in Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, with offices in Ann Arbor, Monroe, Plymouth and Woodhaven.
The Arbor Hospice Foundation provides philanthropic support for programs and services provided to more than 7,000 individuals including patients, their families and community members served by Arbor Hospice. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 1-888-992-2273. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/arborhospice.org.