Advocate Home Health & Hospice
Home health care and hospice services are increasingly vital components of the health care continuum. Because of the substantial benefits of home care and hospice, including a more comfortable environment and lower costs—more health organizations are encouraging home-based care for patients recovering from illness or living with chronic disease, as well as those facing the end of life. Not-for-profit and faith-based, Advocate at Home relies on charitable gifts to make sure patients receive the excellent, compassionate home health and hospice care they need and deserve, regardless of their ability to pay. Gifts to the identified funding opportunities will make a difference in the lives of the thousands of patients who turn to Advocate at Home for care each year.
Advocate Home Health Services
Greatest Need funds ensure that every patient, regardless of their ability to pay, receives expert care that allows them to remain independent and comfortable in their homes. It also helps our compassionate caregivers by providing them with the resources, technology and ongoing training they need to provide specialized care in the home. Gifts to these funds are used to support programs, services and equipment for in-home patient care and greatest needs.
Home infusion services provide a range of home-based therapies, including antibiotics, hydration, chemotherapy, and enteral and parenteral nutrition, in the comfort, privacy and convenience of the patient’s home. Advocate Health at Home’s highly specialized neonatal/pediatric registered nurses care for young patients of all ages with a wide variety of complex needs. Whether caring for newborns or young adults, our professionals provide the same level of clinical support patients received in the hospital— in the comfort, convenience and safety of the home.
Some of Advocate’s home health and hospice nurses face challenges in getting to patients’ homes because of safety concerns. Philanthropy helps cover the cost of having a security officer accompany nurses who make visits in high-crime neighborhoods. This critical service—not covered by insurance or patient fees—ensures that patients receive needed care without compromising the safety of our caregivers.
Though essential to providing the best care possible to patients, continuing medical education is costly. With the help of donated funds, caregivers have more opportunities to attend conferences and symposiums, join professional organizations such as the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, and participate in research trials.
Greatest Need funds ensure that every patient, regardless of their ability to pay, receives the same level and access to expert, compassionate care. These include but are not limited to covering expenses for those patients who cannot afford hospice services and care and covering the costs of materials that may be related to hospice activities, such as booklets on grieving for families. It also helps our compassionate caregivers by providing them with the resources, technology and ongoing training they need to provide specialized hospice care.
Advocate Hospice not only cares for patients, but also provides comfort and assistance to their families. To help those who have recently lost a loved one move through their grief, our Daybreak Program offers bereavement and support programs that are key to healing but not reimbursed by insurance.
Part of the Daybreak Program, Camp Bear Hugs brings together children who have recently lost a family member or close friend for two summer days of fun and remembrance. The skilled staff leads activities designed to give these special campers a chance to both enjoy themselves and express their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.
With the help of donated funds, team members would have more opportunities to attend conferences and symposiums, join professional organizations such as the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, and participate in research trials. Likewise, top care providers value the opportunity to become certified in their profession, a professional development process that carries significant expense. Supporting caregivers in this way helps Advocate Aurora retain the very best, most compassionate practitioners.
A primary goal of hospice is to make patients comfortable during the end of life. Advocate Hospice offers patients music therapy, pet therapy and massage therapy, which have been clinically proven to reduce anxiety, decrease perception of pain, and stimulate positive emotions and memories. Philanthropic support is the only means of funding these special ways of providing patients with the holistic care they need and deserve.
This fund will provide the opportunity to make palliative care and its associated services available to a broader set of Advocate patients and families. Support for this program will also provide for: home-based palliative care, educating home/family caregivers and nursing home staff about the benefits of palliative care, and research initiatives to measure outcomes and develop new medical protocols.
An integral part of hospice care, volunteers are often a lifeline for patients and their families. Volunteers offer whatever assistance is needed: reading to patients, taking time for reflective conversations, running errands, providing respite for family caregivers or helping with administrative tasks. The work itself is valuable, but volunteers’ real impact is deeper: by the very fact they are uncompensated, the purity of their compassion has a special power for both patients and their families.
Because of the sensitive nature of hospice care, volunteers are carefully selected and extensively trained. This includes recruiting additional volunteers; providing expanded training and education; offering enhanced volunteer recognition opportunities; and other elements that would make a meaningful difference in the program and the impact on patients and families.