April events at Hospice of Anchorage

Educational webinar, gala fundraiser

Save the date for Hospice of Anchorage’s 17th Annual Heroes of Healthcare Awards Black Tie Event and Auction at the Anchorage Marriott Hotel on Saturday, April 20.

Heroes of Healthcare is a way to recognize significant contributions and service to the community. This event is also an annual fundraiser for Hospice of Anchorage. Individuals have the opportunity to sponsor a table and bring eight guests to attend the event as well as participate in the silent and live auction. There are different levels of sponsorship starting at partner level of $1500, up to our Premier level of $7,500, with options in between.

How you can help get involved in Heroes of Healthcare:

1. Sponsor a table at the event and attend. See our website http://bit.ly/2E3sBOq or call 561-5322 about how to reserve your table.

2. Donate new or slightly used auction items to our office located at 2612 E. Northern Lights Blvd.

3. Volunteer your time to help with making calls for auction items, picking up auction items, and help on the week of for arranging baskets and getting things set up for the auction itself.

Proceeds from the event go to support programs at Hospice of Anchorage, which offers people with life-limiting illness the opportunity to live fully. We provide hospice services to people who do not yet qualify for Medicare hospice because either they do not meet the six months or less life expectancy or they are still seeking treatment.

Our support may include: nursing consultations for initial and periodic assessment and education regarding symptom management and end-of-life care; patient and family education about disease progression; assistance with insurance, financial and legal matters, and advance directives (living will, durable power of attorney, and Comfort One); trained volunteer assistance and support; emotional and spiritual support; bereavement and grief support; community resources and referrals; and public and professional education on end-of-life and palliative care issues. All services are provided at no cost.

April educational program

On Wednesday, April 24, we will host a webinar produced by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California on the topic of “Sex, Drugs and Palliative Care.” This webinar covers a wide range of issues related to sexuality for people nearing the end of life or have some kind of life limiting illness. We believe that addressing an individual’s need for intimacy is an important part of providing quality palliative care to our community. We will watch the webinar from 3 to 4 p.m. and be available for discussion and questions.

This program is available for the community at no cost and will be shown at Hospice of Anchorage’s office, 2612 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Please give us a call at 561-5322 or email volunteers@hospiceofanchorage.org to RSVP.