New Grant Funding to Support HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley’s Advance Care Planning Efforts

July 5th, 2016   •   Comments Off on New Grant Funding to Support HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley’s Advance Care Planning Efforts   

Glenwood Springs, CO – HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley was recently awarded $152,600 in grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation for “Advance Care Planning for Colorado’s Western Slope.”

Funding will support the creation of a new community outreach program for people in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, a 6,000 square mile service area, to promote person-centered care and shared decision making by engaging and educating local health care professionals and residents in advance care planning. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley will accomplish this goal by offering a series of 60 community meetings over two years for various constituencies (e.g. physicians, seniors, students, Hispanic Americans) led by a medical social worker, a nurse, a physician or a chaplain, depending on the audience.

“Research by the National Council on Aging suggests that over 50% of seniors 65 and older have not made any plans in case they become seriously ill. Our plan is to help, not only seniors but people of all ages, understand how important it is to make end of life decisions when there is still time for understanding and contemplation,” stated Markey Butler, HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley executive director. “Our plan is to reach over 900 people through community meetings and over 300 people in their homes over the next two years to help them make educated health care plans. Their families need to know their wishes.”

“We are very excited to lead a coordinated advance care planning effort with other key organizations and members of our communities. Knowing a person’s goals, values and preferences about end-of-life care is extremely valuable to both loved ones and the health care

professionals treating them,” said Jim Hoganson, HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley chaplain. “This initiative will inform, train and counsel people of all ages to formulate and document their preferences through community meetings and individual planning sessions; providing necessary forms and literature for advanced care planning.”

 

About HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley

The mission of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is, “to provide compassionate, dignified palliative and end-of-life care to patients and their families, and to support families and their loved ones with peace, comfort and dignity.” HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley offers hospice, home health, palliative, bereavement and private duty services to patients in their homes, assisted living an nursing home facilities. They are the only Medicare/Medicaid certified hospice agency in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For more information, please visit www.hchotv.org.

About the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grant making, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org.

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