The mission of the Allina Health Hospice Foundation is to serve patients and their families by raising funds for end-of-life care that provides peace, dignity and comfort.
Allina Health Hospice is the largest not-for-profit hospice in Minnesota, providing more than 133,000 visits a year to patients and family members living in the
Twin Cities and 34 surrounding counties.
With the help of donations we can fulfill our mission to provide quality, compassionate care regardless of an individual's insurance coverage or ability to pay for services. Your tax deductible gift, at any level, will be gratefully appreciated by the many people served.
2016 Allina Health Hospice Accomplishments and see how your generosity made a difference for hospice patients and their families!
Blizzard Blast Charity
Event: February 2, 2018
Proceeds benefit hospice patients and their families in the Glencoe and Hutchinson communities.
Hospice Dragonfly Gala 2018 - April 27, 2018
Join us for a celebration benefiting Allina Health Hospice patients and their families.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Denie was the life of the party. So if Denie was there, you heard Denie somewhere. Lori was very quiet, and reserved, and kind-- not that Denie wasn't kind. But they were very opposite when it came to their personalities. [MUSIC PLAYING] I think her sisters really wanted to be there for her, and thus, why they elected to try taking care of her at home. And it just got to be too much. So then the decision was made that they needed more or less full-time care. The Wedum Compassion Fund was instrumental, I think, in helping Lori, who was at Wedum for roughly four month's time. [MUSIC PLAYING] Joanne, my wife, said, you know, I don't know if Denie can be at home. So we went and she called. And we toured Wedum. When Denie decided he didn't want any further care and was placed in hospice, our worry was that they would be in two different places, and we'd have two young boys trying to have to go between each place to try seeing mom and dad for however many days they needed to. And then we all wanted to make sure we were there for Lori as well. So then to have had that peace of mind, knowing that he was going to be right across the hall from her was awesome. It was so relieving to everybody that they were going to be together. I think the first day that Denie went there, we had a family meal. And I think it was really good that we were all together when he got there. Actually, it was-- maybe their birthdays are really close together within a day, I believe. So it was going to be a birthday party for the two of them. I don't know if Denie and Lori would have been there without the Wedum Compassion Fund together in the last days. [MUSIC PLAYING] I've been a nurse at Wedum five years. I started here as soon as we opened. My husband recently was in need of hospice services. And after a long stay in the hospital, it became evident that he was not going to improve. And we chose comfort care. I did check with the nursing home to see if he could come back there. They wanted about $2000 up front to be able to take him back. That's money we didn't have in savings. That would have been a house payment and a car payment that I would have had to miss to be able to pay that money to get him back there. When the Wedum Compassion Fund was brought up, and we applied for that, it was such a relief to know that he qualified for that. With all the other decisions that you have to make for end of life, to be able to have that decision taken care of, it was such a relief for me. You just can't imagine how good that felt. Wedum was the first choice for me to bring him here, have him in a place where I felt very confident and comfortable with the setting and the staff, knowing that he would get the best care possible. The tradition that we have here of being able to pick out a dragonfly suncatcher to hang outside the door when someone is close to dying was very special to me. And I was able to pick out a blue dragonfly for him and put it outside his door the morning before he passed away. Then I was able to take that dragonfly home. And it hangs on my kitchen window now. [MUSIC PLAYING] One of the things I'm really proud of about the Compassion Fund is that it allows people who otherwise would not have access to residential hospice care to have it. [MUSIC PLAYING] The shelter contacted us and said, you know, he needs to have access to medications. That's just something that we can't provide. What can we do? The social worker and the nurse from our team stepped in and said, well, we need to make a plan for him to be safe. And here's a few choices we could do. And one of those choices was for him to go to Wedum. I was there when he arrived with a social worker and the nurse. And I remember, he seemed kind of stunned, actually, to be in a place where things were really, really set up for one person in one room, and having a little bit of a staff of people to take care of just him. And it really was transformative in the way that the end of his life went, I think. There's a bigger picture that I see here with Wedum Compassion Fund. And that is that it is a great gift to the larger community. And I think someone once said, how we treat the most vulnerable in our society is a measure of that society. And I think this points us in that civic duty to provide care to all people at the end of life. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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