Mary is a 90-year-old former school teacher who is currently confined to her bed in the nursing home where she has spent the past 10 years of her life. She has a diagnosis of bladder cancer and debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. Mary told Heartland Hospice Social Worker Jeanie Raciti about how she helped many people throughout her life. On one occasion, she took her four neighbor children shopping and spent $700 on school clothes for them. She also baked for friends and neighbors, expecting nothing in return.
Jeanie learned that Mary loved to watch television and longed to chat with relatives who lived far away. She noticed Mary’s antiquated television had poor reception and it was nearly impossible to enjoy anything on the screen. Mary told her that she couldn’t afford anything else. Her Social Security income goes to the nursing home, and she is left each month with a $30 allowance, so a new television was out of the question…or so Mary thought.
The Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund purchased a new television and phone service for Mary so she can live her remaining days enjoying the shows she loves and talking on the phone with cousins who live in other states. Jeanie said, “Mary was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund and my insight on fulfilling her lonely heart. She is now able to talk with her cousins, and is watching her favorite shows and movies on a television with so much clarity. She is so very grateful.”