2016-06-30 / Community News

Grant to provide volunteers

MaineHealth Care At Home, formerly HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, received a one-year grant of $10,000 from the York County Children’s Aid Society Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant will support efforts to recruit and train volunteers who can support children and families dealing with serious illness. The development aligns with the agency’s effort to strengthen its pediatric palliative care program that strives to improve quality of life by providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness. Palliative care services include nursing, physical, speech and occupational therapies, emotional and spiritual counseling, pain management and education. The development of a volunteer program would strengthen and complement existing services.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the number of children with special health care needs continue to increase. Overall, 15.1 percent of U.S. children ages birth to 17 (11.2 million children) are in this category with estimates that 27 percent could benefit from home-based palliative care services.

MaineHealth Care At Home was established May 1 by joining three home health and hospice agencies: HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice and Waldo County Home Care and Hospice.

For more information, call 1-800-660-4867 or visit www.mainehealthcareathome.org.

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