For Frederick Well being Hospice employees, attending to Larry Stambaugh’s home earlier this winter was an uphill climb.
The driveway main as much as the house Stambaugh shared on prime of a mountaintop in Emmitsburg along with his spouse, Ruth, stretched practically 1,000 ft of winding, steep terrain. When it rained, the pathway’s grime would flip right into a thick, heavy mud that made it nearly unattainable for well being care employees to succeed in the couple.
Although the native ambulance firm and a sort neighbor, John Eiker, typically helped caregivers traverse the practically inaccessible roadway, hospice employees had been involved they wouldn’t have the ability to attain their affected person throughout an emergency. And calling on the ambulance firm and Eiker to assist them up the driveway won’t be an choice in the midst of the evening.
“That’s what actually prompted us to say, ‘Hey, we have to suppose exterior the field right here,’ ” stated Carlos Graveran, govt director of Frederick Well being Hospice.
In early February, a couple of month after Stambaugh entered hospice care, Frederick Well being Hospice partnered with native companies to pave the affected person’s driveway. From begin to end, the venture took lower than 5 days to finish. Due to the assist of native enterprise house owners, hospice spokeswoman Kate Burke estimated closing building prices got here to round $5,000 — a lot lower than the preliminary price ticket of $20,000.
Stambaugh died on Feb. 23 on the age of 78. However for lengthy after her husband’s demise, Ruth Stambaugh will have the ability to stand up and down their driveway with ease, Graveran stated — and that’s all potential due to “hospice, and a caring and giving neighborhood.”
Hospice first regarded into the potential for relocating Stambaugh, a lifelong Frederick County resident who labored in a Rocky Ridge auto physique store and owned a trucking enterprise. However he didn’t wish to go away his dwelling — a construction he had constructed himself and lived in for 40 years.
Since Stambaugh and his spouse didn’t have the monetary means to restore their driveway themselves, Graveran reached out to Jimmy Remsburg, the proprietor of Remsburg Paving and a long-time supporter of Frederick Well being Hospice.
When Remsburg despatched a crew out to the Stambaugh home to evaluate the work that wanted to be executed, Graveran stated, their work truck obtained caught within the mud.
“That’s once I knew that this was a reasonably severe factor,” Graveran stated.
Remsburg and his crew initially projected the venture would price over $20,000 — the form of cash that hospice doesn’t have, Graveran stated. However Remsburg agreed to waive among the charges his firm would usually cost to assist with the venture.
“Nobody ought to have to fret about entry to well being care,” the enterprise proprietor stated in a Frederick Well being Hospice information launch.
To additional deliver down the price, Laurel Hill Quarry donated the supplies wanted to pave the driveway.
The venture’s closing stability was lined by Frederick Well being Hospice’s Sunshine Fund.
Named within the reminiscence of Kelly “Sunshine” Gloyd — the late spouse of Frederick enterprise proprietor Jim Gloyd — the fund helps caregivers be sure that their sufferers’ fundamental wants are met. It covers the price of provides resembling meals, clothes, bedsheets and different necessities.
“I can’t consider a greater use of Sunshine Fund cash than to assist restore this driveway so hospice can proceed offering care to Mr. Stambaugh in his dwelling,” Jim Gloyd stated within the information launch.
All through the couple’s lives, Larry and Ruth Stambaugh have been concerned in charitable efforts in Emmitsburg. However Ruth stated she by no means had an thought of how good it could really feel to be on the receiving finish of such assist.
“How can we even clarify how a lot this implies to have all these folks make it potential to have the ability to maintain Larry at dwelling?” she stated within the hospice information launch.
Paving a affected person’s driveway isn’t one thing Frederick Well being Hospice would normally be concerned in, Graveran stated — the well being care supplier normally doesn’t cope with heavy building initiatives. Nonetheless, it felt good to have the ability to rally a neighborhood collectively to assist a household, he stated.
“Hospice is a superb useful resource to the neighborhood that lots of people are afraid of simply due to the phrase,” he stated. “This can be a actually good instance of how we offer care not just for the affected person, however for the household.”
“So,” Graveran continued, “I might simply encourage folks to succeed in out to hospice earlier and to not be afraid.”
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