Love Makes a House a Home
Any family that has faced the challenges of an end of life journey understands the sorrows and celebrations which come with the passing of a loved one. However, for family members who have not yet passed, there are thousands of unknowns which lie ahead. For them, preparation would seem premature. Their loved ones may be undergoing treatments, trying new therapies, clinging to hope, fighting for their lives—they are not ready, willing nor able to make preparations for what may come…but we are.
In line with our responsibility to provide for the health and well-being of those served by T.J. Samson, the T.J. Community Mission Foundation is proud to provide a place of comfort, counseling and compassionate, end-of-life treatment close to home.
Having identified a critical need among those we serve, the Foundation, through the generous support of community partners was able to address this need for a home-like hospice setting. The community is fortunate to have dedicated hospice services available and this facility will provide an opportunity for care previously unavailable.
Planning ahead for the benefit of others
The T.J. Community Mission Foundation invites the community and larger region to join together in establishing the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home. This ongoing campaign for support will fund capital responsibilities as well as associated programs such as compassionate palliative care, end-of-life planning, grief counseling and family support, as well as fund an endowment for the future.
The Shanti Niketan Hospice Home is located at 1020 Glenview Drive in Glasgow, Kentucky in close proximity to T.J. Samson Community Hospital. The facility includes eight inpatient rooms, each with private patio access that can accommodate a hospital bed. There are gathering places for families including two living rooms with a fireplace and bookshelves, as well as a kitchen and two dining spaces. There are quiet areas for prayer and meditation, and an outdoor patio which will feature a calming fountain.
While at-home hospice care will continue to be the choice of many, for some families and individuals, that option is either physically prohibitive or too emotionally difficult. For them, being able to move into a specially-designed and home-like hospice setting will provide the relief and peace of mind necessary to address other end-of-life discussions and decisions.
A continuum of compassionate care
The Love Makes a House campaign provides much-needed capital, program and endowment support for the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home.
Capital – The facility includes private individual rooms, kitchen, family gathering room, prayer and meditation space, and outdoor garden with a Celebration of Life fountain, landscaping and sitting areas.
Programs – Grief counseling, family support, Celebration of Life activities; programs to help people faced with the distress of illness and suffering to find comfort and meaning; and volunteer training are just a few of the services provided at Shanti Niketan Hospice Home.
Endowment – Support for an endowment will allow the Hospice Home to provide services without adding any undue financial concern on patients or their families that are unable to pay. While the principal remains untouched, interest generated by a healthy endowment will provide ongoing support to maintain the Hospice Home's facility and programs long term.
Shanti Niketan Hospice Home: The House that Love Built
The Shanti Niketan Hospice Home provides a comprehensive program of care to patients of all ages facing life-threatening illnesses. Hospice emphasizes palliative rather than curative care, although medical treatments are accessible as needed, and the accessibility of the hospital will make this even easier on patients. Both the patient and family members are included in the care plan and emotional, spiritual and practical support are provided based on their wishes. Trained volunteers, many of whom will be friendly faces from the community, will be available to offer meaningful support and fellowship.
The Shanti Niketan Hospice Home will provide personalized services and a caring community, so patients and their families may turn their attention to very important and personal matters.
A meaningful mission
The Hospice Home mission will add experience, empathy and excellence as we provide hospice care and palliative medicine for individuals of all ages during any end-of-life illness.
With your help, we will continue to be able to extend medical and nursing hospice care for our community in a home-like setting—providing pain management, family and individual counseling and the facilitation of end-of-life discussions and preparations.
Campaign goals for Love Makes a House a Home
Gifts and Pledges - $2.5 million
Capital - $3,000,000
Programs - $200,000
Finishes - $250,000
Total Goal $3,450,000
Naming opportunities are still available for various capital, programs and endowment components.
Funding needs for this project will be ongoing.
For more information, please contact Randy Burns at 270.651.4619.