The Respite Fund received $32,500, which will directly support caregivers of hospice patients. The fund helps families, who cannot otherwise afford to bring paid assistance into their home, hire a hospice caregiver to watch over their loved one while they do things such as run errands, attend to other household or family needs, or take time to seek respite from the situation.
“We were overjoyed to receive this gift from 100 Women Who Care,” said Justine Kryger, a Hospice of North Ottawa Community social worker and founder of the Respite Fund. “There is such a need for this service. End-of-life care is emotionally draining for all involved. It often forces families to put all else happening in their lives indefinitely on hold.
“But the reality is that, life does go on and things need to get done,” she continued. “Respite care is critical for families who need to maintain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, but who also need to be certain their loved one’s end-of-life needs are being met — and with compassion.”
Hospice of North Ottawa Community has been providing hospice services to patients in their own homes, nursing homes, assisted living centers and hospitals for 30 years.