Empowering People - California Hospice Foundation by yaohongm


									Veterans Outreach Project                                           Have You Put Off Making Or
in response to substantial interest among hospice providers in
California and Nevada, the California hospice Foundation
                                                                    Updating Your Will?
applied for and was awarded a grant from the Veterans               Do you have an estate plan? Maybe you think it costs too
Administration (VA) and the National hospice and Palliative         much to have a plan. Perhaps you are having a hard time
Care organization specifically targeting homeless and rural         deciding about how to leave your money, or you may simply
veterans in California and Nevada.                                  not wish to confront your mortality.
California has more veterans than any state in the nation.          one of the most rewarding and far-reaching actions you will
                                                                                                                                                  nia Hospice Foundatio

however, current VA utilization data indicate that utilization      ever take is to determine who will receive the gifts of your                                       n
of community based hospice programs in both California and          accumulated wealth. if you do not have a plan, your assets            C
Nevada is very low and in some areas, is actually declining. This   will definitely go somewhere, but not necessarily where you
data represents a time when 37% of our veteran population is        want them to go. in addition, if you do not take careful and
65 or older and demand for our services should be increasing.       specific actions, spouses and other heirs may receive your
The VA estimates that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on       assets only after significant estate and income taxes are paid.
any given night and nearly 400,000 experience homelessness
over the course of the year. homeless veterans are mostly male,
the vast majority are single, 45% suffer from mental illness, and
                                                                    Furthermore, you can only designate you favorite charities, like
                                                                    the California hospice Foundation, if you have a will or other
                                                                    estate plan.
                                                                                                                                                    ChF                                                                          Empowering People
half have substance abuse problems. Forty-seven percent served
                                                                    We ask that you consider helping us in our efforts to insure
during the Vietnam era. More than 67% served our country for
                                                                                                                                                                                   What Can You Do About Pain?
                                                                                                                                        Fall 2009
                                                                    that everyone has a choice about where and how they die.Your
at least three years and 33% were stationed in a war zone.
                                                                    gift to us through your will or estate plan is one of the easiest   California HospiCe
This project will identify and break down barriers that impede      ways to guarantee that our services continue into the future.       foundation Board of                        Pain interferes with your quality of life, as it can make it hard to sleep, work, socialize
collaboration between community based hospice providers                                                                                 trustees:                                  with friends and family and accomplish everyday tasks. Pain management works
and VA. We will determine what is currently available, what                                                                                                                        best as a collaborative effort between you and your doctor. it is essential that you
the challenges are and who has resolved them. A replicable                                                                              Jan Cetti, Chairman
                                                                                                                                        San Diego, CA
                                                                                                                                                                                   participate in managing your own pain.
education/planning event and a ‘Best Practice Toolkit’ will be
                                                                                                                                        Mary Taverna, Vice Chairman                Many people think that pain is a normal part of their medical condition and
developed and tested. Participants in the project will take away
                                                                                                                                        Larkspur, CA                               something they just must live with. other people think that pain is just a part of
a plan to either improve or begin a local collaborative program
                                                                                                                                        Scott German, Secretary/Treasurer          growing older. Some people never mention that they are in pain because they don’t
with the VA.                                                                                                                            Antelope, CA                               “want to be a bother to anyone.” others talk about it all the time. We usually think of
                                                                    If you or anyone you know has a need for Hospice Information
The project began on April 1, 2009. We are pleased to be                                                                                Members-at-large                           pain as coming from the body but pain can also be emotional and/or spiritual.
working with the VA to serve this group of individuals, and we      and Referral services, please call the California Hospice           Sally Adelus
                                                                    Foundation toll free number: 888-252-1010                           San Jose, CA                               in reality, pain is almost always a symptom of a very real problem. Pain is your alert
will keep you updated about results.
                                                                                                                                        Devon Dabbs                                that you need help. Whatever the source, whether it is short-lived or persistent, we
                                                                                                                                        Watsonville, CA                            have the ability, through knowledge and the necessary tools, to reduce pain in almost
                                                                                                                                        Ann Hablitzel                              every situation.
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     ifornia               tion
  Cal                                                                                                                                   Placentia, CA
                                                                                                                                                                                   For a free educational handout, Frequently Asked Questions About….Pain, just give
                                                                                                                                        James McGregor, M.D.                       us a call at 888-252-1010.
                                                                                                                                        Sacramento, CA
                                                                                                                                        Michael Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                   Have Your Kids Told You?
                                                                                                                                        Granite Bay, CA
    3841 North Freeway,                                                                                                                 Susan Plummer
         Suite 225                                                                                                                      Santa Barbara, CA
Sacramento, CA 95834-1969                                                                                                                                                          We never think our children will be injured and unable to speak for themselves and
                                                                                                                                        staff                                      therefore most of us don’t talk about this very difficult subject with them. Most of us
                                                                                                                                        Susan E. Negreen, CAE, President & CEO     don’t know what they want and therefore we would have to make decisions for them,
                                                                                                                                        Martha (Marcie) Larkey, Director of        with no input, should the unthinkable happen. Given the following information, it
                                                                                                                                         Development                               just might be worth having the conversation.
                                                                                                                                        Sandy Williams, Administrative Assistant                                                                             continued on page 2

                                                                                                                                                                                   This issue of CHOICES was supported in part by a grant from Outcome Resources.

                                                                                                                                        ContaCt                                    Contents
                                                                                                                                        California hospice Foundation              p What Can You Do About Pain           p Does Your employer offer a Matching
                                                                                                                                        3841 North Freeway, Suite 225              p have Your Kids Told You?               Gift Program?
                                                                                                                                        Sacramento, CA 95834                                                              p Donate Your Vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                                   p Chairman’s Message
                                                                                                                                                                                   p Major Donors                         p Veterans outreach Program
                                                                                                                                        Toll free 888-252-1010
                                                                                                                                        mlarkey@calhospice.org                     p have a Party for hospice             p have You Put off Making/Updating Your Will?
Chairman’s Message                                                                                                                                                                                            Does Your Company Offer a
                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve and Rick at their

                                                                   the California Something the following
                                                                  Is ThereHospice foundation thanksYou Can                                                                        fundraiser to benefit CHF

Jan Cetti                                                          individuals for their generous support. the levels are
                                                                  Do About Pain? on new gifts since
                                                                   cumulative for 2009, and are based
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matching Gift Program?
                                                                   January 6, 2009.
Great News! We are about to launch our new Website which                                                                                                                                                      Ask your human Resources Department if they match
we hope you will visit and use often. We have a new look,                                              life, as Frees
                                                                  Pain interferes with your quality of Carmel it can make it
                                                                    patron – $2,500 to $4,999                                                                                                                 employee gifts to charitable organizations. Fill out your
                                                                                                       Gloria Denise Franklin
                                                                    Rory Khan* work, socialize with friends and family and
                                                                  hard to sleep,
a greatly expanded content and more information to assist                                                                                                                                                     employer’s matching gift paperwork and send it to us with your
                                                                    Martin McDonough, PharmD.,         Leo and Joyce Gross
                                                                  accomplish everyday tasks. Pain management works best as a
people who are interested in the tough choices that come             Outcome Resources                 Jean Herriges*                                                                                         donation. Many companies will match your gift up to 100%.
with end-of-life.You already know you can always turn to          collaborative effort between you and your doctor. it is essential
                                                                                                       Donald W. Hines*                                                                                       The following are companies that offer a matching gift program.
ChF for answers and now you can find everything online,
                                                                    Benefactor – $1,000 managing
                                                                  that you participate into $2,499 your own B. Hooper *
                                                                                                       William pain.
                                                                    James Mc Gregor, M.D.
                                                                                                       Margaret Hunt                                                                                          AeTNA Foundation                   Genentech, inc.
from locating a hospice near you, eligibility for hospice,        Many people think that pain is a normal part of their medical
                                                                    Kathy Shields*                                                                                                                            Amgen                              Guident
                                                                                                        Daniel E. Jackson*
making a complaint, advanced directives and of course how         condition and – $500 - $999 just mustJenne*
                                                                    shareholder something they          Sue live with. other                                                                                  Applied Materials                  intuit
to be a “Friend of hospice.” if you can’t find what you are                                             of growing older.
                                                                  people think that pain is just a part Beverly Kempton* Some
                                                                    Teresa Andre*                                                                                                                             Blue Shield of California          Newsweek
looking for, just call the office to receive our very personal
brand of assistance. 888-252-1010
                                                                  people never mention that they are Kimberlybecause they don’t
                                                                    Steve Ervin
                                                                                                         in pain Krueger*
                                                                                                        Wes Lasher
                                                                    Gary to be a bother to anyone.” others talk about it all the
                                                                                                                                      Have a Party for Hospice                                                Business Wire                      Nokia
                                                                  “want                                                                                                                                       Chubb & Son, inc.                  Sacramento Bee
                                                                    Ann Hablitzel                       Kristy and Andrew Lauria
in this issue of ChoiCeS, we are offering an excellent              Dawn usually think of pain as coming from the body but
                                                                  time. WeHarmon *                      Justine Lawlak*               another Way to support the efforts of CHf!                              Colgate-Palmolive Company          Sierra health Foundation
new handout; Frequently Asked Questions About… Pain. in           pain can also be emotional and/or spiritual.
                                                                    Richard E. Johanson                 Robert Morrison               Recently we have had several independent fundraisers on be-             eBay                               Transamerica Systems
                                                                    Charles N. Perry                    Steve Mitchell*                                                                                       emerson electric Company           Waters Corporation
addition, please check the brief article about a creative new     inDeborah Santucci*
                                                                     reality, pain is almost always a symptomMurphy* real             half of ChF. individuals in the community hold an event and
                                                                                                        Sheila of a very
way to support the California hospice Foundation - have a         problem. Pain is your alert that you Virginia Rader
                                                                    Bose Sonali                          need help. Whatever the      donate the proceeds to the California hospice Foundation.
Party for hospice. Please share every page with your friends                                            Jane Salafia
                                                                  source, whether it is short-lived or persistent, we have the
                                                                    Harry Thomasen
and family.                                                       ability, through knowledge and the Paul Snider
                                                                    Marty and Elaine Vanich             necessary tools, to reduce
                                                                                                        Lise and Dennis St. Clair
                                                                                                                                      in early April 2009, we received a call from Rick Johanson,
                                                                                                                                      who was having his twenty-seventh birthday in May. hospice
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Donate Your Vehicle
i extend my personal thanks to each of you for your wonder-         sponsor – $200 to situation.
                                                                  pain in almost every$499              Donald and Kay Thomas         was very important to him as two family members had
                                                                    Elizabeth Anderson*                                                                                                                       Are you thinking of selling or trading in that unwanted
ful philanthropic support during these past months. in spite of                                         Karl and Katherine Tiprre
                                                                  For a free educational handout, Frequently Asked Questions          benefited from hospice care. Rick wanted to know if he and              car, truck, boat or RV? Why not donate it to the California
                                                                    Peggy Barnes*                       Pamela Turpen*
the economic unrest, you have stood by us. Many have even         About….Pain, just give Marcie a call at 888-252-1010.
                                                                    Bradley Bollman*                                                  his friend Steve ervin, who had a 30th birthday coming in               hospice Foundation to support programs and services, and
                                                                                                        Django Valledor*
given more to support our efforts and we appreciate it.             Brenda Brantley*                    Janet W. Veloz                May, could do their joint birthday party as a benefit for the           receive a tax deduction? The vehicle donation program accepts
                                                                    Michael and Carol Caito             Gloria M.Villasenor*          California hospice Foundation. We loved the idea!
Read and enjoy,                                                                                                                                                                                               most vehicles, running or not (exceptions include older
                                                                    Rafael Centeno*                     Roger Walker
                                                                    Jane Christensen *                                                on May 15th, the party ‘A Birthday Collaboration’ was                   vehicles when the value will not offset the cost of towing).
                                                                                                        Eugene Weisbrod*
Jan                                                                 Richard Clowes
                                                                    George Cunningham
                                                                                                                                      held at the Roe Boutique Night Club and Lounge in San                   Donating is easy! Just find your title/pink slip and write down
                                                                                                        *Thank You to all those       Francisco. Rick and Steve did an impressive job— posters,               your ViN #. Then, call the California hospice Foundation
                                                                    Kathleen Dale *                     individuals who give to       sponsors, a full back drop using the ChF logo, and hospice              office at 1-888-252-1010. We fill out the forms and make
Editor’s Note                                                       Michael and Beryl Dolphin
                                                                    Robert Fairbanks
                                                                    E. A. and Susan Ferguson
                                                                                                        the California Hospice
                                                                                                        Foundation by pledging        educational materials. They charged $5.00 (or more) entry               arrangements with the Car Program to conveniently pick up
                                                                                                        through their employee        fee to their friends and netted $888 for ChF. Rick wanted               your car donation at no cost to you. The Car Program will
The California hospice Foundation would like to hear from           Jack and Laura Fisher               campaigns.                    “to do a special birthday celebration that did something more,          handle the title transfer requirements and provide you with a
you. Are there subjects you want us to cover in future issues?                                                                        something that helped others.” Steve jumped at the “chance              tax deductible donation receipt at the time of pickup.
Do you have questions you want answered? Please submit                                                                                to help families during a very hard time.” The pair combined
ideas and suggestions to Martha (Marcie) Larkey at the ChF                                                                            their many talents and it paid off, with a great crowd and
address or email to mlarkey@calhospice.org                                                                                            several impressive sponsors for the event: Phuket Beer; Noz
                                                                  Have Your Kids Told You? – continued                                energy Drink; Circle A Skate Boards; and The Barber Lounge.               Yes, i want to support the work of the California hospice
                                                                  Findings in a 2008 poll conducted by harris interactive for         Both agree that taking an event about them and turning it into
                                                                                                                                      something greater is worth doing every year. We are grateful to           i enclose my donation of:
                                                                  the American Bar Association showed that the group least                                                                                      o $1,000 o $500 o $100 o $50 o $25 o other _______
                                                                  likely to discuss their wishes for care, if they become inca-       have Rick and Steve counted among the Friends of hospice.
                                                                  pacitated, are men aged 18 to 34. And yet, according to 2005                                                                                  Name: _____________________________________________________
                                                                  information from the Centers for Disease Control, young men                                                              Thinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Address: ___________________________________________________
                                                                  aged 15 to 24 have three times as many deaths as do women in                                                             about
                                                                                                                                                                                           holding an           City: ______________________________ State: _____ Zip: __________
                                                                  the same age group and in the 20 to 29 age group, men have
                                                                  twice as many deaths as similarly aged women, indicating that                                                            event/party          Phone: _____________________ email:___________________________
                                                                  young men are a group in need of advance directives.                                                                     in support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please charge $_________ to my
                                                                                                                                                                                           of hospice?
                                                                  P.S. Do you have your wishes in writing? There’s never going                                                                                  o ViSA oMasterCard oAmerican express
                                                                                                                                                                                           if you are
                                                                  to be a better time to do it! The same poll showed that while                                                            interested,          Card#: ____________________________________ exp. Date: _______
                                                                  more than three-quarters of Americans have discussed how                                                                 call Marcie          Name on card: ______________________________________________
                                                                  they want to be cared for in the event they are incapacitated                                                            for more
                                                                  and unable to make their own health care decisions, less than                                                                                 Signature: __________________________________________________
                                                                  one-third (30 percent) have actually legally appointed some-                                                                                  Complete and return to: California hospice Foundation,
                                                                  one to act on their behalf.                                                                                                                   3841 North Freeway Boulevard, Suite 225, Sacramento CA 95834

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