bon secours hospice and palliative care
When a person faces the end of life, he or she and everyone who loves him/her, begins a journey. Bon Secours Hospice and Palliative Care caregivers bring their knowledge, experience and compassion into individuals’ lives to walk with them, offer comfort and provide dignity all along the way.
Meeting Patient’s Needs Wherever They Are
Our Hospice and Palliative Care program continues what the very first sisters of Bon Secours began in 1824 when they went into the homes of those dying in Paris, France to offer their help. Today, nearly 70 percent of the patients seen each year by Bon Secours Hospice and Palliative Care live at home.
From patient care to respite for families to bereavement counseling for up to 13 months after a loved one’s death, Hospice and Palliative services go far beyond medical care. Donor support provides for a myriad of needs for our hospice patients and families, as Bon Secours never turns away anyone who requests these services.
How Donors Make a Difference
Everything from laptop computers for our caregivers to patient comfort gift bags have been supplied by our generous donors. And your giving fills even the most basic needs for some of our patients.
Madelyn Williams, Hospice Operations Director, received a letter from a woman whose mother was a patient. Through Foundation funds, Hospice paid the patient’s electric bill, so she could continue to use oxygen in her home.
“She [the daughter] had watched her mother freely give her time and resources and at the expense of her own needs. Thanks to our support and the services of Hospice coming into their lives, she felt that God had answered her prayers.”
Nancy Capocy, Administrative Director, has nearly 20 years of experience with Hospice. On the wall of her office is a needlepoint she created that says, “When medical science can no longer add days to your life, Hospice adds life to your days.”
“Thank God we have the Foundation to help us,” Capocy said. “I would hate to think any of our patients wouldn’t get what they need or deserve.”