Agrace relies on the generosity of our community
Although Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurers cover the cost of palliative care consultations and basic hospice services, a number of essential Agrace programs are underfunded or not funded at all by these sources. Community gifts help ensure that Agrace can provide a range of needed services and meet emerging community and operational needs. Your generosity helps fund the programs described below:
Thanks to community donations, patients who cannot afford to pay can still receive compassionate end-of-life care and Agrace’s Care Navigation service (guidance from a nurse for people with serious illnesses who are not eligible for hospice).
Every year, more than 8,000 people, including 300 children, get support from Agrace’s grief services to help them cope with the death of a loved one. Although grief support is required by state and federal hospice regulations, it is not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Community donations enable us to hold multiple grief support groups that are open to everyone, free of charge.
Providing end-of-life care for a family member or friend can leave caregivers fatigued and stressed. To give them a break of up to five days, Agrace offers respite care. Insurance reimbursement covers less than 25 percent of the total cost of respite care. Community gifts help bridge the gap.
Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Agrace is committed to developing top-notch palliative care providers in our community. Community gifts support the Agrace Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, which offers palliative-care rotations and continuing education opportunities for physicians in training.
Clinical Staff Learning & Development
It takes a special commitment to work with patients who are seriously ill or dying. Community donations allow Agrace to fund continuing education opportunities, and learning & development programs—which increase staff competence and retention.
Volunteer Training & Appreciation
Agrace’s 1,000+ volunteers serve in a variety of roles, including direct service to patients and families. Community support funds the comprehensive training needed to prepare volunteers for their roles and also funds the recognition programs that sustain their commitment to serve.