2012-07-05 / Local & State

Home Nursing Agency Announces Mission Grants


Pictured above: Barry Halbritter, center, Home Nursing Agency Foundation board chair, presents Home Nursing Agency leaders with a check to support their programs and services through the 2012-2013 Mission Grants. From left: Bill McManus, Kim Kranz, Donna Kensinger, Barry Halbritter; Janie Christner, Nancy Fogel and Bob Packer. Pictured above: Barry Halbritter, center, Home Nursing Agency Foundation board chair, presents Home Nursing Agency leaders with a check to support their programs and services through the 2012-2013 Mission Grants. From left: Bill McManus, Kim Kranz, Donna Kensinger, Barry Halbritter; Janie Christner, Nancy Fogel and Bob Packer. The Home Nursing Agency Foundation, a community benefit, nonprofit organization, recently awarded 25 Mission Grants totaling $137,400 to agency programs and services that will directly impact patient care and services provided in the home and in the community. Since the agency began granting dollars in 2005, approximately $857,000 has been awarded, benefitting thousands of individuals and families cared for by agency nurses, aides, therapists, staff and volunteers.

Since 1968, the Home Nursing Agency Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to create, improve or enhance the programs and services of Home Nursing Agency that ultimately result in a benefit to the individual, the family and the community. The foundation welcomes all private and public donations – the lifeblood of Mission Grants and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information about the Home Nursing Agency Foundation and how Mission Grants make an impact in the lives of individuals and families served by the agency, visit www.homenursingagency.com or contact Pam Seasoltz, at Ext. 2565 or pseasoltz@homenursing agency.com.

The following agency programs and services were awarded Mission Grants for the 2012-2013 fiscal year:

Hospice Emergency Fund – to help individuals who are suffering from a terminal illness maintain the family unit in a safe, warm, healthy environment by assisting with emergency utility or fuel costs, medications and other emergency situations easing the emotional and physical challenges occurring at the end of life.

Hospice Bereavement – to purchase stationery items for the extended mailings to bereaved families for 13 months following the death.

Hospice Veterans Program – to purchase lapel pins honoring veteran

Hospice patients throughout the year.

Hospice/Children’s Bereavement “Bridge” Program – to provide supplies for in-home bereavement support visits with children who are anticipating the pending death of a significant family member.

Healing Patch – Children’s Grief Center – to supplement overhead costs to the Healing Patch, a peer support, volunteer-driven program that is offered free to the community. Funding also to supplement expenses for in-school groups with children who would not otherwise have access to a center or grief resources.

Hospice Volunteers – to provide funds to support the comfort and care of hospice patients who are in need of bed sheets, hospital gowns, fleece blankets and bed socks.

AIDS Intervention Project – to fund personal care/hygiene items, cleaning supplies, vitamins and dietary supplements and assist homeless individuals and families dealing with HIV/AIDS.

Nurse-Family Partnership – funding to provide support to this evidence-based community health program that transforms the lives of first-time mothers living in poverty by improving prenatal care and parenting skills resulting in the child’s healthy growth and development and to improve self-sufficiency. Nurse- Family Partnership serves seven counties, providing care to 300 – 600 families each year.

Home Health Emergency Fund – emergency funding for patients and families who are receiving home care and therapies but have needs beyond normal circumstances and often lack life’s basic necessities, i.e., nutritional supplements, bathing aides, bedding and medications that they are unable to afford.

Pediatric Home Connection – (formerly Pediatric Private Duty) – to pay for additional shifts of nursing care, respite and social services support for children who are technology- dependent and suffering from chronic, life limiting disabilities.

Pediatric Home Connection – (formerly Pediatric Private Duty) – to purchase therapeutic items needed by the child suffering a chronic, life-limiting disability that will help to ensure/ maintain the child’s comfort and provide education and stimulation.

ACEL – Adult Center for Exceptional Learning – to support the continuation of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) Artists-In- Residence Program that provides ACEL individuals who have cognitive and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience art, painting, dancing and storytelling, which can improve their quality of life.

ACEL – Adult Center for Exceptional Learning – to support individuals who attend the day program but who go over their funding allocation cap as well as help those who have no funding available and cannot self-pay for services.

Adult Day Services – to provide additional days of support to help families successfully manage the caring of a loved one who is living at home and is unable to independently perform self-care activities or function alone safely.

Blended Case Management/ Resource Coordination – for clients of the Behavioral Health Program who have unexpected emergencies or when an individual has minimal income and needs beyond normal circumstances. Also helps fund household and personal hygiene products, clothes for employment/ school and bus passes for those starting employment.

Blended Case Management/ Children and Adolescents – to be used for children and adolescents who are enrolled in the Children’s Behavioral Health Program who are in need of personal/ hygiene products, cleaning products, food, seasonal clothing items and other daily living needs. Also to be used for start-up costs for community- and schoolbased activities, such as intramural sports, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and used in situations to assist children and families with no or limited income. This program currently serves more than 400 children, adolescents and families.

Adult Group Blair (Art Therapy) / Adult Partial Hospitalization – to support Adult Behavioral Health Program clients utilizing the art therapy program as part of their treatment plan. Funding to support art supplies used in weekly art therapy sessions and an end-of-year art show recognizing their art and celebrating National Mental Health Month.

Center for Counseling – to assist in providing treatment to more than 300 children and 1,000 individuals who are experiencing behavioral health issues and who otherwise would not receive services due to having no insurance, high copays/ deductibles or private insurances that will not cover counseling services.

Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) – MST is an intensive family and community based treatment program that focuses on encompassing the environment of the chronic and violent juvenile offender. Funding to purchase gas for families to attend appointments (psychiatric, psychological, school and court hearings), seasonal clothing, basic household items, such as bedding, cleaning supplies, groceries, etc.

Drug and Alcohol Adult Partial Hospitalization/ Adult Outpatient – to help individuals seeking drug and alcohol treatment that would otherwise not receive services due to having no insurance, high copays/ deductible or private insurances that will not pay for D & A services.

Adult Partial Hospitalization – to help individuals with a mental health diagnosis who attend the program on a daily basis and who cannot afford co-payments related to insurance, county liabilities or financial difficulties.

Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) – to assist with community activity fees for children receiving behavioral health services. Funds to purchase therapeutic activities and games, used either onsite at the Children’s Behavioral Health Center or taken into the child’s home.

Lexington Clubhouse (A psychiatric rehabilitation program) – to purchase three desk-top computers for use by members to track job development, produce a monthly newsletter, clubhouse employment statistics, etc.

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