It It Time For Hospice?
For those that have never experienced hospice personally, they may not have a full appreciation for the extensive range of services we offer and our support for patients AND caregivers. However, for many, even the word “hospice” can be a challenging topic. We have developed a special program to help provide an introduction to the collection of services – even if a patient is not quite ready.
About The Beacon of Hope Program
Beacon of Hope is a social worker- and volunteer-based program designed to provide non-medical support and practical assistance for those who have a progressive illness. These are individuals that would benefit from additional support, but may not be ready for hospice care, either physically or emotionally. A Beacon of Hope Coordinator meets with the patient and primary caregiver to assess needs and then coordinate the distribution of information and provides connections to community resources. Our employees and volunteers are trained, experienced and caring. They offer support, friendship and respite for patients and their families. They help with transportation, errands, respite for the caregiver, insurance questions, food preparation, friendship and more.
The Beacon of Hope Coordinator serves as your guide, helping you identify needs, providing emotional support for decision making and pointing clients toward valuable community services.
Anyone can refer a person to Beacon of Hope by calling 724.334.6600. The Beacon of Hope Coordinator will make an appointment to meet with the prospective client and his/her family. The Coordinator will also contact the client's doctor, after admission, to inform the doctor of participation in the program.
Beacon of Hope is available to anyone who has been diagnosed with an advanced illness and has a prognosis of 18 months or less.
There are no charges for services provided. The program is fully funded through Heritage Hospice. Beacon of Hope volunteers and staff visit clients in the hospital, at home or at an extended care facility.