What is a patient memorial fund and how is it used?

By Val Ross

A family member’s car breaks down on the highway on the way to say goodbye to a loved one. Hospice paid for their tow and delivered them to the bedside.
  
A patient wishes to go back home to die but can’t afford the travel costs. Hospice paid for the travel arrangements and made sure the patient arrived safely.
 
A hospice social worker notices that a patient only has two sets of clothes to wear. The next day a wardrobe of clothing is delivered to the home courtesy of the hospice.
 
A multitude of family arrives in town with no place to stay. Hospice is there to put them up in hotel rooms.
 
These are just a few examples of how the patient fund is utilized. In hospice, there are many instances where funding is needed for incidental emergencies. Through the generosity of family donations to the Ross Health Care Memorial Fund, crises like these can be averted. When a loved one dies, the family sometimes asks that financial gifts be made to Ross Health Care in lieu of sending flowers. These funds are then set aside in an audited account to be used for future patient and patient family needs. It is the kindness and generosity of the community that serves others in the future.