As you are already aware, we are living in unprecedented days. Shepherd’s Cove is not immune to the challenges facing our world because of COVID-19, but we are not a stranger to fear. We exist to relieve suffering and bring hope during the uncertainty that comes with a terminal illness or after the loss of a loved one. The importance of end-of-life care doesn’t stop because of this pandemic. If anything, our message is more important now than ever as we are all confronted with our own mortality everywhere we turn. Shepherd’s Cove walks with patients and grieving families through those realities to bring hope and help in a time of need. Today, you can give hope when our world needs it most.
Some of our realities through the COVID-19 Pandemic:
More patients/families need support from our patient assistance fund.
When you are walking the end-of-life road, the last thing you should worry about is how to pay the bills. Yet so many hospice patients have to choose between keeping their lights on or paying for medications and medical bills. Help relieve some financial burdens from patients so they can focus on what’s most important – spending quality time with loved ones and making the most of every day.
Not-so-fun fact: Gowns that previously costs us $55.14 for a case of 100 now cost $290 for a case of 100 which equals a 426% increase. The cost of protecting our frontline staff has increased substantially as demand has increased. A Personal Protective Equipment (AKA PPE) kit costs $2.53 each. In our inpatient hospice facility, we would need approximately 36 kits per day, which is just under $100 per day.
Our related cleaning supplies and other cost has also increased by about $3,000 per month in coping with COVID-19.
Lost Income from Thrift Shoppe closure due to state-ordered closing of nonessential retail
Each year, Shepherd’s Cove provides around $400,000 of charitable care to individuals who have no insurance. The Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe is big part of that funding. The preventative measures to flatten the curve, also flattened our financial support. Peace, comfort, and dignity at the end of life is a fundamental human right that should be available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
Increased Need for Grief Support Services
Many families in our community are hurting right now and have been forced to alter the way they hold memorial services and honor their loved ones after a loss due to social distancing requirements. These difficult changes have potential to complicate the season of grief, and we expect a bigger need for our community grief support services in the near future. Grief is an insidious problem that can lead to feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety, even during "normal" times. You can help others find the support and guidance they need to successfully navigate their grief journey. With positive coping and strong support, there is hope and life after loss. Shine a light in someone’s darkest moments by supporting the Shepherd’s Cove Hospice grief support services.
So how can you help?
1. Pray for us, particularly for our frontline staff as they continue to courageously serve in midst of this crisis.
2. Send encouraging notes to our staff. They need to be reminded that they are loved and appreciated now more than ever.
3. Give—if you can. We understand that many people are hurting financially right now. And while it is uncomfortable to ask amidst such uncertainty, the work we are doing is too important NOT to ask. So those who can, we ask that you please consider supporting us financially for those who can’t.
While COVID 19 is a global healthcare crisis, a terminal diagnosis in your family still becomes your own personal healthcare crisis. Without people who care enough to give, some individuals will be left to suffer alone.
You understand that the coronavirus pandemic has affected Shepherd’s Cove’s ability to provide life-changing care. Would you consider a gift to help us ensure we don’t miss one person who needs our care because of this virus?