A Local Non-Profit Raises Money for Hospice Care


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Hospice care is often the last stage of a terminal illness.

A local non–profit specializing in hospice is raising money to provide services in our community.

For Gayle Kemp, Hospice Visions was there for her during some of the most trying times in her life.

"I used Hospice Visions with my husband, also with my father," said Gayle Kemp, hospice supporter.

Statistics show she's part of a growing trend here in America.

In 2011, nearly half of all people who passed away, did so under hospice care.

"They've chosen to be comfortable in their own home, wherever home is. Whether it's a nursing facility, assisted living, at home, we can care for them wherever they are," said Tami Slater, Hospice Visions.

The average length of stay in hospice in 2011 was sixty–nine days.

As Kemp explains, hospice provides a full support group to make that time easier.

"You've got social workers to help you emotionally, you've got chaplain to help you spiritually and then you've got all the nursing," said Kemp.

Hospice Visions is a non–profit organization with a very special mission.

"Our mission is to not only care for people with a limited life expectancy, but provide end of life education to everyone in our community," said Slater.

The fundraiser Saturday night was to raise money for their "Visions of Home."

"We through fundraising are able to scholarship people at our hospice home if they're not able to stay at home," said Slater.

The home is also used as an educational facility.

It's a place where family members can learn to care for their loved ones.

"The hospice, if we're in the end of life chapter...hospice is the best thing. It really is," said Kemp.

If you'd like to learn more about hospice or donate to the "Visions of Home" go to www.hospicevisions.org.

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