Are you grateful for the wonderful care of McLean Hospice? Memorial and tribute gifts are a meaningful way for you to make a gift in memory of a dear friend or loved one, or in honor of a special person in your life. McLean Giving is a 501.c.3 not-for-profit organization. Funds donated to Mclean Hospice are utilized in a variety of ways.
Special Needs for Patients and Families – These funds may cover the cost of care when there is no available pay source or they may cover the costs of the special needs of individual patients. This could include assistance with transportation, home heating costs, special seating arrangements, etc. We have also utilized funds to cover massage therapy outside of what our program is able to normally provide.
Hospice Enhancing Life Program (HELP) – The primary fear of dying patients is the fear of abandonment. As a person becomes sicker and sicker and is less able to participate in life as they once did their world can become isolating. The same is also true of a loving family caring for a terminally ill person at home. The McLean HELP program seeks to help patients and families be assured that they are not forgotten and the world has not abandoned them. Through this program we are able to provide small, special gifts for our patients and their families. These might include balloons and a cake for a last wedding anniversary or birthday, a basket of gifts and goodies during the holiday season, stuffed animals for patients with dementia, recordings of life histories on CDs or small parties to celebrate a person’s life.
Bereavement Care – When we experience the death of someone close to us, it is natural and normal to grieve our loss. Grief lasts longer than most people expect, and we may need support beyond what family or friends can provide. McLean Hospice can provide this support through our Bereavement Program. Everyone's journey with grief is unique but the support of others who walk a similar path can be a beacon of light in the darkest of days.
Community Education – Because our mission is to improve quality of life and to promote choice at the end of life, McLean Hospice staff provide education to local church and civic groups, nursing home and other healthcare providers about a variety of topics, including the choices for care at the end of life and about hospice.
Education and Support of Hospice Staff and Volunteers – There are advances in medicine and pharmacy every day. In order to provide the best care possible at the end of life, Hospice staff need regular, ongoing education. Compassion fatigue is a term that describes what can happen to healthcare workers exposed to death and dying on a daily basis. Compassion fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped. Hospice staff support and education are needed on a regular basis so that they can continue to give the best care possible at the end of life. Donations help to defray the costs of staff education and support.