With the help of matching grants totaling $30,000 from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) and the E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund, Hospice Care Plus added a gently used cargo van to its medical equipment program. The van is used to deliver equipment to the homes of hospice patients and families in all counties served by the organization.

Lisa Cox, CEO at Hospice Care Plus, says the van is essential to caring for patients and families.

David Tapley with cargo van

Medical equipment manager David Tapley, Hospice Care Plus, with the new cargo van funded by grants.

“Our medical equipment program is part of the ‘plus’ in Hospice Care Plus,” says Lisa. “It allows us to provide the equipment patients and families need, bring it to their homes, set it up for them, and teach them how to use it. It is a rare service for hospices to provide, but it is a key way we can make things easier. It lets them focus on what is most important: being together comfortably at home, making the most of their time together. We are very grateful to HOKC and the E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund for supporting the program.”

For newly admitted hospice patients, the van may carry as much as one hospital bed, oxygen equipment, bedside tables, walkers, wheelchairs, and other pieces of equipment to help manage symptoms and support autonomy and quality of life.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Hospice Care Plus was founded as a non-profit organization to support the quality of life of its communities through hospice, palliative, and bereavement care programs. The organization serves Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley, and Rockcastle counties and owns and operates the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Relying on contributions from individuals and groups, all care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Make a gift, explore career and volunteer opportunities, or call 859-986-1500 to learn more.