The Stettler Hospice Society raised approximately $16,800 with is Hearts for Hospice Dine and Dance fundraiser.
Dr. Alasdair Drummond said the Society was pleased with the outpouring of support shown at the fundraiser, noting the amount raised exceeded expectations.
The Society’s fundraising goal for the year is $250,000, the majority of which will go towards capital costs such as beds and lifts, said Dr. Drummond.
He noted that the public needs to be aware that Alberta Health Services dollars do not fund hospice care.
The Stettler Hospice Society began when a need for hospice care in the community was determined.
“Hospice care offers end of life care,” said Dr. Drummond. “It provides dignified and peaceful care for both the patient and the family.”
He added that hospice care is a savings for Alberta Health Services, noting the cost of a hospital bed is about $2,000 a day.
The Stettler Hospice Society’s long-term goal is to build a stand-alone hospice. However, such a facility would cost about $4 million to construct and around $1 million in annual operating costs.
In view of the prohibitive costs, the hospice society is looking at funding two dedicated suites in Points West (an independent supportive living facility) for patients and for equipment.
These plans include a private resident room on the main floor that has enhance family areas including a living room, quiet areas, a kitchen and dedicated sanctuary space.