Operating Roger's House come rain or shine
In 2003, the Sens Foundation, having spearheaded the capital program to build Roger’s House, committed to providing operating funds to the house for 15 years. As of July 2012, the Sens Foundation is providing one-quarter of the house’s operating budget, approximately $400,000 per year, plus an additional $80,000 per year for capital expenditures. Government barely provides for all of the medical support, nursing care, medical records and patient administration that is required.
The additional funding provided by the community, through the Sens Foundation, helps to top up thatfunding for direct patient care. It also allows for a myriad of services, programs and activities that would simply not be possible without community support.
Donations allow Roger’s House to:
- Replace or add specialized equipment including:
- Wheelchairs that allow a bedridden child to spend time semi upright
- Beds with mattresses that help mitigate bed sores and cribs for neonatal palliative care
- Therapeutic baths that provide some relief from chronic pain are becoming more of a necessity as a result of increasing acuity levels
- Enhance patient support and care with therapeutic and specialized recreational activities such as time in the snoezelen room, dog therapy sessions and playroom activities.
- Have volunteers and patient support workers prepare in-home meals for families visiting or staying at Roger’s House.
- Provide memory boxes and photographs, hold special ceremonies and produce family communication such as a quarterly newsletter that helps families and siblings connect with other families experiencing the same stages of grief.
- Coordinate bereavement support groups.
- Benefit from a full-time volunteer co-ordinator. Currently Roger’s House benefits from the support of approximately 200 volunteers per year that provide more than quarter of a million dollars worth of services.
- Maintain areas within the house that are beginning to show wear and tear.
- Renovate areas to be better meet the needs of patients, family and staff.
Roger’s House provides an extremely high level of service and support to children, youth and their families because of ongoing community support. Gifts to the Sens Foundation ensure that Roger’s House has the necessary operating funds in place to provide more than just a basic level of hospice service as funded by the government. Opportunities exist for donors to provide gifts of $1,000 or more to ensure that Roger’s House can operate come rain or shine.