Schlienz said the Ball began as a way to raise awareness of hospice care in the Fort Dodge community. She said that today it is the largest fundraiser they have for Trinity Hospice. “Many people in our community know little about what hospice truly offers which is in part due to society not wanting to talk about death until we are actually faced with it,” she said. “The Ball has grown in attendance over the years and continues to be a means of getting the word out in the community.”
She said while they do have a brand new Hospice house they still need funds. “With all of the changes in the healthcare environment, we are faced with the reality of reimbursement for hospice care being cut.” She said people have grown to expect the best in end- of- life care from Trinity Hospice so the goal is to be able to continue to provide exceptional care.” She said monies raised help them support important parts of the program such as the volunteer services and the bereavement program. “Our volunteers are a valuable part of Trinity Hospice and provide many hours of care in patient’s homes, nursing homes as well as at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.” She said their bereavement program offers support groups to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one whether they were involved in hospice or not.
While many patients are utilizing the Paula J. Baber Hospice House, Schlienz said many people receive care in their own homes. “However, the reality of that happening depends on the availability of someone to provide the care needed. Hospice is an intermittent service so a caregiver is typically needed to assure a safe environment for an individual.” She said Hospice can also be provided in a nursing home as well as assisted living facilities.
Nadine said one of their main goals is to let everyone know that hospice is a choice for end of life care. “It is a choice that offers comfort, dignity and respect at a very difficult time. Hospice takes care of the family as much as it does the patient.” She added that most importantly, hospice treats death as a natural part of our life cycle. “We help to dispel many of the fears that people have about dying.”
For more information about Hospice or the upcoming Ball, please call 574-6509.