Mission: The agrace hospicecare foundation, inc. 's mission is to develop, steward and distribute charitable gifts from the community to improve quality of life for patients and families throughout serious illness. We work to ensure that every individual and family receives the best possible care and support available, regardless of ability to pay. (continued on schedule o)
Programs: Other program services: the foundation provides grants to agrace hospicecare, inc. To support other program services, including: respite care: providing end-of-life care for a family member or friend can leave caregivers fatigued and stressed. To give them a break of up to five days, agrace offers respite care for hospice patients. Community gifts supplement insurance reimbursements, which cover less than 25 percent of the total cost of respite care. Wish program: the wish program helps our hospice patients achieve their end-of-life goals. A wish can be something a patient could not attain during his/her life, something he/she cannot afford or simply a final desire. Agrace has granted more than 120 patient wishes since 2010. Clinical education & training: it takes a special commitment to work with patients who are seriously ill or dying. Community donations allow agrace to fund staff educational opportunities and professional development programs, which increase staff competence and retention. Volunteer training & appreciation: agrace's volunteers serve in a variety of roles, including direct service to patients and families. Community support funds the comprehensive training needed to prepare volunteers for their roles and also funds the recognition programs that sustain their commitment to serve. In a typical year, more than 80,000 hours are volunteered, saving over $1. 5 million dollars. Palliative medicine fellowship: agrace is committed to developing top-notch palliative care providers in our community. Community gifts support the hospice and palliative medicine fellowship, a partnership with the uw and veterans hospitals; this program offers palliative-care rotations and continuing education opportunities for physicians in training. Patient assistance fund: grants used to assist patients and families by improving quality of life and fulfilling end of life goals. Examples include buying a burial dress or providing a birthday cake.
care for all (charity care): each year, dozens of our neighbors who cannot afford hospice or palliative care receive services at no cost through agrace's "care for all" program. Those we serve include some of our most vulnerable community members-children and young adults with no insurance, seniors without caregivers, individuals lacking safe housing, and those with special needs. In 2015 a campaign began to raise funds for a care for all endowment. The purpose of the endowment campaign is to develop a sustainable funding source for the care for all program long into the future. As the need grows agrace wants to make sure there are funds set aside to be able to serve anyone in the community who needs support. Funds are also used to support agrace's diversity program which focuses on diversity and inclusion for all. The work of this program helps agrace to grow a more diverse patient population, volunteer support team and employee base.
community grief services: every year, thousands of people, including children get support from agrace's spiritual & grief services to help them cope with the death of a loved one. Although grief support is required by state and federal regulations, it is not covered by medicare, medicaid or private insurance. Community donations enable us to offer specialized grief support that is open to everyone, free of charge.