100% of your donation will help those receiving palliative care at home. All funds raised go to the program or service our clients need the most in real time.
Although the majority of our funding comes from Government sources, EPC also relies on community fundraising, bequests and donations to maintain the wide array of free* services and programs we provide to clients, care givers and families.
Your donation allows us to fulfil our mission to care for and accompany the dying person and their caregivers in the final phase of life, and in our bereavement services.
This year has been difficult for many in our community. Those living at home with a terminal or life-limiting illness have keenly felt the social restrictions. Demand for all of EPC’s services and programs is at an all-time high and we need your donation now more than ever. You can direct your donation to us in 4 different ways. You can choose from our Equipment Hire Financial Hardship Appeal, COVID-19 Response Appeal, our Overnight Respite Services Appeal or General Donations.
Equipment Hire Financial Hardship Appeal
We no longer receive the government funding that was used to subsidise equipment hire fees for clients in financial hardship. Having the right equipment at home allows loved ones to stay there, rather than having to go to a hospital or hospice. Your donation will go into an internal fund that will be used to subsidise the cost for clients that qualify for this assistance. Equipment can include hospital beds, hoists, wheelchairs, bathroom equipment and a range of other items that keep our clients and carers safe at home. EPC cannot accept any donations of equipment because we do not have storage or maintenance facilities and it is not advisable under COVID regulations.
Overnight Respite Services Appeal
When someone is dying the role of the carer expands every day – from supporting people to attend appointments to attending to normal daily activities, the role of the carer increases over time. EPC recognises that as people get closer to death, carers become more and more important and this can be very tiring for them. For most people caring at this level is very unusual. It is also emotional and stressful. EPC will provide overnight respite in the person’s own home to carers when the client is close to death so that the carer can get a good night’s rest and leave the care to a registered nurse who will manage all the care overnight. This will often prevent their loved one from being admitted to hospital or a hospice for the prime reason of giving the carer some respite.
COVID -19 Response Appeal
EPC has experienced increased demand for our services during COVID-19. Many clients have refused to go to hospital due to the visitor restrictions. EPC is managing more complex clients at home causing increased overnight call outs of nursing staff. EPC has been supporting more and more people to stay at home and to die at home. We are currently averaging more than 64% of clients dying at home an increase of over 15% from the previous 2 years. One week we had 92% of clients die at home. The impact of this increase in service delivery is enormous and we sincerely thank our staff who have been wonderful during this pandemic, but we need to increase staffing in order to support more clients and carers.
*Some exceptions apply
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