Hospice Women of Philanthropy bring together extraordinary women in the truest spirit of service and giving. As a network of women, we use our energy, talent, and passion to build a strong collective voice in key areas where we can make a meaningful impact on the support and care afforded by hospice.
The beauty of being part of Hospice Women of Philanthropy is that members’ annual philanthropic contributions are combined, and the entire membership evaluates and ultimately decides which hospice projects will be funded. The following are some past Hospice Women of Philanthropy projects funded by members:
Bag of Groceries for Others (BOGO) Pantry Expansion — $7,786
Breaking bread is one of life’s simple and vital joys — an act that binds us together and seals our commitment to each other. But for patients and families coping with serious illness or tragedy, the most basic shopping and food preparation tasks can be overwhelming. To provide assistance with these critical needs, the Sun City Center Food Pantry known as Bag of Groceries for Others (BOGO) was created in 2015. The need is staggering as evidenced by the 15,000 plus meals served to date. The demand has resulted in creation of a second pantry in Temple Terrace. With this year’s financial assistance, the Sun City Center Food Pantry expanded, more than doubling its size to create additional work areas and spaces, and make volunteers more efficient in this process. This is a very worthy project providing up to three meals for three days for each family member in the home as well as personal care items and pet food.
Caregiver Program — $47,520
If we have learned anything over the years about hospice service, it is the high price fatigue, exhaustion and burn-out has on caregivers. Most families do not have the financial ability to provide supplemental caregivers, and many others lack an extended family network to offer additional support. Many studies show that primary caregivers often suffer health crises and endure a poor quality of life, in small and large ways, due to the high personal cost of supporting a family member. All too often we encounter caregivers at the breaking point with no additional resources to support them. To address this issue, Hospice Women of Philanthropy is providing to caregivers of qualifying patients (at or below poverty level) the intermittent assistance of a Social Service Specialist. Over the course of a year, this much-needed program offers 18 sessions of three hours per session to 55 qualifying families.
Patient Communication Boards — $4,315
We often say, “Knowledge is power,” which is a splendid way to share critical information. With the implementation of patient communication boards in our hospice house rooms, each patient benefits directly from a greater understanding of his or her circumstances, alleviating some of the stress, confusion and disorientation for both patient and family. These communication boards will display a patient’s care plan, staff identification information, family contact information, safety precautions and other important details. Additionally the boards provide structure to caregivers and family members as well as respite and comfort in the context of stressful illnesses. Professional yet welcoming in appearance, the boards are a wonderful addition to our hospice-supported mission.
Volunteers Assisting Alzheimer/Dementia Patients — $8,291
We learn and lead by example and demonstration. What better way to counteract the myths, ignorance and unknowns regarding the terrifying diseases of Alzheimer’s and dementia than a virtual education program for volunteers that includes training for two facilitators? The incredible work of our volunteers will be enormously enhanced by the addition of a virtual comprehensive dementia tour. With great regularity, our volunteers ask for more assistance and additional assets in interacting with dementia/Alzheimer’s patients. This cruel disease affects the entire family, which can cause anxiety, stress, health issues and financial hardship. For volunteer use with patients, this virtual program also features instructional items such as robotic animals, activity boxes, memory card games, shaping and texturing activates just to name a few. The program enables our volunteers to engage their patients more effectively and better understand the challenges that patients and family members face. Designed to assist approximately 125 patients per month, this new program will provide much-needed knowledge to our volunteers, and additional tools and assets for more meaningful, impactful interactions with patients.
Other Projects Funded
Blanket Warmers — $6,424
Warm blankets provide patients at the Melech Hospice House and Sun City Center Hospice House a sense of psychological and physical comfort, calm and protection. The units that were purchased ensure that warm blankets are available 24/7. Patients report it brings them a sense of relief and relaxation. The warm blankets are also available to family members who often stay overnight holding the hand of their loved ones.
Camp Circle of Love Send-off 2017 — $7,500
Camp Circle of Love is a weekend camp experience that helps children and teens grieving the loss of someone they love find healing and hope. Before campers boarded their buses, Camp Send-off offered a warm and welcoming hands-on experience with arts and crafts, face painting, pet therapy, massage therapy and other fun activities.Parents and guardians were invited to a Caregiver Campfire Chat and offered support to deal with their own grief journey as well as be better prepared when their children returned from camp on Sunday. Each caregiver received a self-care kit to help relieve stress over the weekend including a book on raising a grieving child, a Publix gift card, candy and a relaxing eye mask.
iPads for Spiritual Comfort — $12,500
Dying is a personal experience, but end of life is a family experience. LifePath Hospice chaplains use the iPads to enhance spiritual needs by being able to share just the right spiritual verse, inspirational songs and relaxing music or scenes. Also iPads give family members living outside the area the opportunity to use face-to-face technology to share memories and say their last good-byes.
Simulators for Simulation Lab — $28,500
Three full-body simulators were added to the Skills Lab of the Learning Center (partially funded by the Hospice Women of Philanthropy in 2014). These simulators introduce an element of human response into the extensive training and compel the staff to make clinical decisions based on realistic scenarios. Through instructor-written and guided hospice/home health scenarios, the simulators respond positively or negatively to the care provided by the staff during the simulation exercises. The simulators are used during orientation, mandatory annual skills exercises and to practice high-risk skills.
Moments Matter, Personal Testimonial Videos — $4,900
“There is nothing more we can do” are seven words that bring every family shock, fear and tears. Videos were produced to share each person’s story about their hospice experience to help viewers understand what the end-of-life journey can look and feel like with the help of LifePath Hospice. The personal testimonial videos are shared with physicians and the community at large to help patients and families who are considering LifePath Hospice.
iPads for Children’s Programs — $2,700 (2015)
Children living with life-threatening conditions need ways to express and process their emotions and ensure that their voices are heard. The iPads provide age-appropriate explanations about serious diseases and death. In addition, self-expression activities for patients and siblings allow them to speak freely about their feelings. The children are also able to use the iPads to make objects for legacy activities that provide lasting memories and comfort for the entire family for years to come.
Hospice House Video — $16,300 (2015)
Hospice is about caring and supporting patients and families through the last chapter of life. The new hospice house video will showcase the purpose of the houses, the comfort and compassion offered to patients and their families and set expectations on admission criteria. This media tool will have far reaching power when the video is shared on the website, Facebook, YouTube and other social media outlets.
Learning Center /Simulation Lab — $57,790 (2014)
The mission of the organization is accomplished through its people by way of extraordinary quality and results. We will take training and development to new heights by centralizing all activates via a single Learning Lab. The Hospice Women of Philanthropy Simulation Lab will teach with real-world experiences by replicating ‘the bedside’ in a fully interactive fashion.
Music therapy has proven benefits to ease stress and bring comfort and calm to the mind, body and soul. The Reverie Harp is a therapeutic lap instrument that’s comfortable to hold, easy to play and its pentatonic scale ensures a pleasant sound. Music therapy is particularly useful at the end-of-life, when communications may break down and a sense of isolation sets in. Four harps were purchased and two were donated to each hospice house.
Dementia Activity Aprons — $2,000 (2013)
We Honor Veterans/One Who Served Book — $8,500 (2013)
Camp Circle of Love DVD — $ 9,389 (2012)
Children and teens who have lost a love one need a place of healing and hope. Camp Circle of Love is an annual weekend camp for grieving hearts. The Camp DVD has been shown hundreds of times at schools, civic clubs and community presentations demonstrating how Camp is place of refuge for hurting hearts.
We invite you to join us and become part of this exceptional group of women who are working together for the betterment of hospice care. Please consider joining us by completing the Membership Application here and note which level of membership listed best fits your needs. You can find out more information about the Hospice Women of Philanthropy here. To see a list of current members, click here.
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