NORWICH – “All Seasons of life are important, some just require special attention.” That is an important philosophy of Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County. The saying ties in nicely with the agency’s four-season logo that pays homage to the climate we experience in our region of the country. It also represents the fact that Hospice patients are enrolled in the program in any and all seasons of their life. Hospice has given care to infants and centenarians, and persons of every age in between.
Spring is an important season for Hospice because the annual plant sale takes place each May. The fundraiser has become the agency’s biggest, and it takes an army of volunteers to complete all tasks associated with the sale.
Residents in all corners of Chenango County will find a plant sale order form in their mailbox at home or in their workplace in a few short weeks.
Donna Wood-Craig, Hospice’s Development and Community Relations Coordinator says that the Spring Plant Sale raises money that helps fill the considerable gap between the actual cost of patient care and the amount of reimbursement received from Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers. “These funds pay for nursing care, social work visits, and bereavement support,” says Wood-Craig. “Monies raised are used to purchase medications that treat symptoms and bring pain relief to our patients, as well as provide medical equipment in the home.”