“We can do better than this.”
That’s what I said to Frank Knox when I visited him in a hospital room in Los Angeles this past summer.
Frank sat in that hospital room with a view of the air conditioner units on the roof.
The bright lights, stark walls and loud noises were not peaceful, nor was the news he watched on a continuous loop, day in and day out.
He was agitated, anxious and stressed.
Frank was no stranger to hospitals. He spent 22 years as a custodian and maintenance man in one not far from where he resided when I visited him. But Frank deserved better.
Frank deserved a peaceful setting with a view of nature. He deserved the compassion and dignity that every person should experience when they are weeks or days from their last breath. He deserved the kind of loving care that we provide to every resident and family who comes through our doors.
When I told Frank that we wanted to welcome him to Caring House, he thought it was too good to be true. He thought he didn’t deserve it. We assured him time and time again that he did.
Before he arrived, I purposefully tuned the television in his room to the Giant Panda Cam at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo – a joyful and jovial contrast to the news he watched at the hospital. Frank’s room also had a view of our backyard garden, so he could see the roses in bloom.
We would sit outside together, eat lunch and talk about life, the choices we’ve made, and just be present together in the tranquil surroundings of our backyard. His family could also visit him more frequently now that he was with us at Caring House, which was another bright spot for Frank. Family was his priority.
Soon after he settled in, Frank’s stress fell away as his anxiousness became calm and his agitation turned into peace.
His family was also grateful beyond measure. On their first of many visits, they told us they were only able to pay a small portion of the actual cost of his stay, and we assured them that was okay. We were able to welcome Frank and his family because of generous supporters like you.
While we serve a true cross-section of our community, and we always will, it’s these families that touch me the most. It brings me great joy to tell them that people like you made this possible. People like you allowed a resident like Frank and his family to experience peace at the end of life… people like you give our residents the chance to connect with family and friends in such tranquil surroundings… people like you show them that they’re part of a community that wants them to know that everyone deserves beauty, care, honor and respect at the end of life.
Looking back at what we accomplished in 2021 – my first year as Caring House’s Executive Director – I can’t help but think of our supporters who helped us welcome more than 60 residents and their families, including Frank.
As 2021 comes to a close, we hope you’ll join us and make a tax-deductible donation by December 31, so together, we can provide more residents and families with the compassionate, tranquil and dignified end-of-life experience that everyone deserves.
You’ll also be giving our phenomenal caregivers the joy of holding residents’ and family members’ hands while tending to their every need AND our volunteers an opportunity to serve a higher purpose outside of their work and home lives as they give back to their community.
As an added bonus, everyone who makes a donation in 2021 will be among the first to receive our Annual Report in the new year!
Please join us and feel the satisfaction of knowing that you helped community members like Frank experience a peaceful resolution surrounded by love. That is something I am blessed to witness every day, and it truly would not be possible without the support of our community!
p.s. You can read more about Frank here. While you’re there, you can also click the Contribute Now button to make your year-end donation – or simply click below – and help more residents like Frank and more families experience peace at the end of life.
Examples of the impact you make with your gift:
- $50 pays for a week’s worth of supplies to make freshly baked cookies and coffee for everyone to enjoy.
- $100 fills our fridge with our residents’ favorite foods for a week.
- $150 covers one of our compassionate caregivers’ daily shifts, so they can provide 24/7 support to our residents and families.
- $500 helps our residents and families with the cost of care for one day, if they cannot pay the full amount.