Financial Assistance Fund
The Society provides a financial assistance fund, administered by a palliative care social worker, to help alleviate some of the financial burden that occurs in caring for a loved one at home. It is well-known that the cost of medications at home can be quite expensive and under certain circumstances can become an overwhelming concern for palliative care patients and their families. This fund is designed to relieve that additional pressure during an already trying time.
In the past, the Society has used this fund to celebrate weddings and graduations on the An Cala Unit, special milestone events important and memorable for families. As an example, in one day the palliative care team literally planned and held a wedding on the unit because the groom’s dad was likely not going to make the wedding scheduled for months ahead. From flowers to a wedding cake to decorations, they were able to piece it all together thanks to the generous help from the community.
The Society also purchased a washer and dryer so that a Mom could stay at home with her children; provide movies and takeout meals for family nights, bring family home from “away”, purchase computers for the unit; purchase bed linens to make a patient more comfortable. All financial assistance decisions are made in light of the patient’s immediate situation and the special circumstances that surround what is unfolding at the time for the patient and his or her family.
It is about quality of life and the needs are as unique as the patients. The funds exist to make a difference when and where it counts and monies can be made available within 24 hours following a request from someone on the health care team.