Hospice of the Valley has received a $30,000 grant from The Arizona Republic/12 News Season for Sharing to support the agency’s 11th Hour Companion Program, which offers a supportive presence for families and patients nearing the end of life.
The mission of the program is to support families at the bedside during the patient’s final hours and to lend a comforting presence to patients who are alone.
The program was established after a patient’s wife spoke of the fear and anxiety she felt while sitting alone with her husband as he neared death.
Now more than 200 volunteers provide bedside support and comfort, often on a moment’s notice, to nearly 300 patients each year throughout Maricopa County.
Last year, Hospice of the Valley received a $30,000 Season for Sharing grant for the project, “One Life, One Journey: Individualized End-of-life Care for Elderly Patients.”
The funds were used to support training and other agency initiatives to address the end-of-life care needs of different patient population groups.