In small towns and communities all across the country, it becomes a bit more challenging for residents to get the care and support they need at home because of fewer options, and because the cost of providing in home care can be higher than in rural environments. One of the key reasons is the cost of transportation.
Between the expense of a vehicle, insurance, fuel, maintenance, and other factors, keeping a safe car or truck on the road can be significant, and in Moffat County, Colorado, thanks to a donation by Memorial Hospital Foundation of $56,000, MRH Home Health now has two new Chevrolet Equinoxes. Each vehicle had a price tag of $28,000, but it helps to ensure that the in home care providers who work for the county will have access to safe, reliable transportation moving forward.
According to the news blog, Home health gets $56k boost from Memorial Regional Health Foundation in Craig, written by Sasha Nelson and published by Craig Daily Press:
“Currently staff use their own vehicles, and that is a liability concern,” said MRH Home Health Director Kristine Cooper who chairs the Foundation Board.
The purchased used about a forth [sp] of the foundation’s 2017 budget, said Foundation Director Eva Peroulis.
Memorial Regional Health CEO Andy Daniels thanked the foundation for the generous donation.
“It is nice to know that we have a progressive and generous foundation supporting our plans for patient services,” he wrote in an email.
The Memorial Hospital Foundation, newly renamed, Memorial Regional Health Foundation, was established in 2002 to support and improve rural health care needs in Moffat County.
Over the course of 15 years the foundation has transferred over $1.9 million in charitable contributions and grants to The Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.”
The Foundation relies mostly on donations and they have a strong support system of local residents and businesses that seek to improve the quality of care and support their elderly and disabled residents receive. With these two vehicles, MRH Home Health no longer has to be overly concerned with liability issues pertaining to caregivers using their own vehicles, especially when transporting clients to doctor appointments, to the store, or other places of interest.
It may also improve attractiveness to prospective caregivers when they know they would not be forced to rely on their own vehicle to visit with their clients. Small improvements can often have lasting positive impacts on those who rely on outside support and assistance for daily care.