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Barn Bash for Hospice set for Saturday
Oct 18, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The Health for Help Hospice home in Riverton is going big again this year as it prepares for its Barn Bash for Hospice fundraising event at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fremont Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Admission is $60 and a special performance from the Bar J Wranglers will help kick off a night full of games and food.
The Barn Bash will have a quick draw beginning at 4:30 p.m. that will feature six artists who will have an hour to do a Western-themed painting. The art will be auctioned that night and half of the proceeds will go toward the hospice home.
There also will be several other items up for auction, and caregivers will participate in a testimonial session.
The hospice home has served Fremont County residents since 2008 when voters approved a 1 percent capital sales tax to build the facility in Riverton.
The home plays a big part in the last chapter of life for many people.
"It's important to give them back the quality of life that they earned," said hospice home board member Loni Freese. "In hospice, whatever you want is what you get. It's just whatever will make you feel comfortable."
The home has skilled professionals who help manage care and provide comfort for them and their families. The service is rendered to people who live at the facility and to those who choose to live at home but want to receive hospice care.
In her years as a member of the board, Freese said she has heard many success stories from families who have benefited from the care.
The home is located at 1240 College View Drive and has an eight-bed private room capacity with a family and patient kitchen and living room. The staff strives to help stabilize any medical condition, fulfill other immediate needs and manage a patient's care to give them hope.
Hospice patients are mainly cancer patients but also have other conditions such as congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's disease or dementia, or lung cancer.
The hospice staff also provides round-trip transportation to patients who receive radiology treatment in Casper.
The home relies on numerous local donations and sponsors to continue providing services for patients. The home also provides bereavement services to loved ones for up to a year after the death of a patient.
Between July 2012 and June 2013, Health for Help Hospice had 87 percent of its referrals from community members and 13 percent from doctors. Nurses working for the home have an average of 21 years of experience and patients recorded an average length of stay of 77 days. Also in that time period, 49 patients received hospice care and 31 patients received hospice at-home care. Out of those 80 patients, 15 were discharged from hospice care due to improved health.
For more information, call 856-1206.