Dear Families, Friends and Supporters of Coastal Hospice,
I’d like to take a moment to update you on our progress. I hope this finds you safe and well, staying home whenever possible. Coastal Hospice continues to support patients and families in the Wicomico, Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester County area with exceptional end-of-life care, grief support, and education. We have been serving this community since 1980, and we are here for you.
Much has changed since mid-March, but our commitment has not. Our staff works daily to assure care for our patients and families. Nurses and nursing aides visit patients in their homes and at nursing homes. Our staff at Coastal Hospice at the Lake and at the Macky & Pam Stansell House provide care on site.
The number of patients we serve at any given moment – remains very high. While we have had a few COVID-19 patients, the vast majority of our patients are suffering from other terminal illnesses, as before the pandemic. In order to serve our patients, we are using more than 1,500 to 2,000 sets of personal protection equipment each month. It takes tremendous time to source and a lot of money to pay for this much PPE, a challenge we work to solve each day.
As you know, COVID-19 is having a real and tangible impact on our fundraising mission. Unfortunately, these circumstances have led us to cancel several fundraisers (including third party fundraisers) and reschedule 2 events: The Taste of Finer Things has been rescheduled for October 14, 2020, and our 40th Anniversary Gala to the summer of 2021. In addition, our Thrift Shop is closed to customers. All these are fundraisers to help us offset the cost of care for those who cannot afford it.
We know that times are tough, but there are still reasons to smile. We would like to say thank you to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore for the $2,000 grant to acquire additional PPE, a local locksmith for donating his supply of masks and introducing us to a new manufacturer. Thank you to Hardwire, LLC in Pocomoke for the donation of face shields and dozens of volunteers for sewing cloth masks for our use in non-clinical settings. In addition, our Thrift Shop staff has been back in the store (social distancing, of course) getting it ready, turning over stock for the spring and summer and expanding the Women’s and Housewares sections.
Finally, Grief is more complex now, especially for those with underlying depression or anxiety. Losing a loved one during the pandemic and not being able to be with them physically at the end of life is devastating. If you or a loved one are in need of bereavement support, end of life discussions or chaplain support (emotional or spiritual), we are here to help. Call 410-742-8732 and you will be directed to the proper coordinator to assist you through teleconferencing or visitation, depending on the circumstance.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continuous support and generosity. Challenging times remind us how grateful we are for our supporters and all you do to make our work possible. You can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.
Stay safe and well,
Alane Capen, CEO