Hospice of Western Kentucky created its WISH Program to help fulfill end-of-life wishes for our hospice patients. Hospice recognizes that many of our patients may have end-of-life wishes or desires they would like to fulfill. The WISH Program is designed to help those wishes come true whenever possible. Only one wish can be granted to a patient, and the patient must demonstrate a financial need. All wishes must also be consistent with the mission and philosophy of Hospice.
The programs that we work with are the Dream Foundation and Hospice Education Institute.
Hospice of Western Kentucky has also created a benevolent fund for patients and their families to help with special needs that may occur while coping with a serious illness.
Patients facing a life-limiting illness and their families are already in a vulnerable position; it only complicates the situation when there are financial worries that must be dealt with as well. The goal of our Special Needs Fund is to provide a one-time benevolent request for patients who demonstrate financial need. Such financial requests may include, but are not limited to, paying a utility or fuel bill, or buying groceries or clothing.
For example, the fund was used to buy food for a family during the 2009 ice storm. It has paid monthly household bills for patients, and it was used to repair the brakes on a patient's car, her only source of transportation. It also made visits to the dentist possible for two patients who needed unexpected dental work to relieve pain.
We recognize that some patients and their families may incur needs for the simple necessities of life while they are with Hospice, and it is our desire to help them whenever we can.