National Hospice Foundation
Have you heard of Hospice? Do you know what Hospice is? I do. When my grandfather was dying of cancer Hospice care is what allowed him to die peacefully at home, rather than in a sterile and uninviting hospital room. Hospice care is what allowed my grandmother and great-grandmother to be able to support my grandfather and continue daily care for him at home as he progressively got worse. The Hospice care-givers would come to the house, monitor medications, check vital signs, monitor my grandfather’s status, and very importantly, provide emotional care and support to my grandmother and great-grandmother. The Hospice care-givers were able to provide us with information about the stages of death and dying, things to look for, and they were able to provide us with the ability to say goodbye to Grandpa at home.
The National Hospice Foundation is a National Organization that supports regional and local Hospice providers throughout the country. I thought there was just one “hospice” but it turns out that there are many different organizations that provide hospice care and education. The National Hospice Foundation is one of those organizations.
From their website:
NHF supports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s
quality and research initiatives; hospice/palliative care provider education activities; consumer engagement and caregiver services; and the FHSSA Impact Fund.
In partnership with NHPCO, we work to improve care at the end of life throughout the United States. We raise funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations to fund programs that make a difference in the lives of the patients and families served by NHPCO’s membership of more than 3,400 hospice and palliative care providers.
Through our support of Caring Connections, a program of NHPCO, NHF funds the development of resources, tools, and information to educate and empower individuals to access advance care planning, caregiving, hospice and grief services, and information.
Through the FHSSA Impact Fund, NHF raises funds to support the programs of FHSSA.
One of the very fascinating ways you can help the National Hospice Foundation is to join the Run to Remember. The Run to Remember is not a specific event, rather it is any running/walking event you choose. You register for your own event, and then sign up for the Run to Remember. You raise funds to donate, 50% of which go to your local hospice organization and 50% go to the National Hospice Foundation. There is no minimum fundraising amount. In addition, you will receive a high tech race shirt customized with your loved ones name(s) on it!
If you are already committed to running/walking/participating in a race event, consider also registering your existing event as a Run to Remember event, do a little fundraising, and support both your local and the national hospice organization.
The National Hospice Foundation also partners with sites like ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, Red Envelope and others. If you are planning on purchasing something from one of these online retailers, visit the National Hospice Foundation shopping page. If you click the ProFlowers link, for example, from that page, ProFlowers will donate $10 to the National Hospice Foundation. I love this!