Lisaard House / Innisfree House

This Holiday season, please help families like Kate’s

“You’re in a safe place – we are here for you.

You don’t need to worry about a thing.”

Those are the words that Kate heard that night – during the hardest and most emotional moment of her life.

Her 72-year-old mother Kathy’s organs were failing after a long illness and Kate was sick with worry. Her father had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she had no idea how her grieving family would manage care for their dying mom.

But thanks to supporters in our community, a bed at Innisfree Hospice opened up for Kate’s mom just in time.  Please donate today.

Fragile, tired and emotional, Kate had no idea what to expect when her family walked through the hospice doors.

At that moment, one of our staff recognized the fear and uncertainty on Kate’s face – the same look that most people have when they’re losing one of their most beloved family members. “We are here for you,” she whispered to Kate. “You’ve come to the right place.”

Some staff members lovingly settled Kate’s mom into her bed. Others rallied around her father and brothers, serving them a hot, homemade meal they didn’t even have to ask for. “They just knew,” says Kate. “It was like they wrapped our entire family in a warm blanket of compassion.”

“I’ll never forget the thoughtfulness and generosity that Innisfree showed to us. This is such a special, necessary place in our community – we didn’t know how much we needed it until we really, really needed it.”

As Waterloo Region’s only operating residential hospices, we depend on the generosity of people like you in order to offer exceptional palliative care at no cost to families like Kate’s.

No one ever knows when they or a loved one may need hospice care. And that’s why the need is so urgent. With a total of 16 beds and daily combined operating costs of $8,200 per day, your holiday gift ensures we can keep providing these much-needed services in our community.

When you give today, you’ll help us fund our medical equipment and specialized palliative care expertise. But you’ll also help our staff members offer the small comforts and kindnesses that families will never forget.

Things like hot meals. Warmed blankets. Cozy pajamas. And while the government funds less than half of our direct costs and kind members of our community donate many of our bare necessities – it takes the generosity of special people like you to ensure we can continue to provide exceptional care and support to our residents and their families.

To a family in crisis this season, your gift will be the greatest blessing. I hope to hear from you soon.

 

With heartfelt gratitude,

Kim Henry

Director of Development, Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice

 

P.S.      You can drive by the hospice a million times, never expecting to need it. But when you do, it means everything to know that your own community is looking out for you, extending you the same compassionate care that Kate’s family experienced. Please help us be there for more families this season by giving generously today. Thank you!