I am asking you to give to the Hospice of Hilo Celebration of Life 2016 in my mother's name, Patty Anne Burgo, who experienced the caring services of Islands Hospice in Honolulu. Although they are both Hospice entities, I donate to ALL Hospice organizations whenever presented with the opportunity because of what Hospice provided to Mom & me. Mom, Patty Burgo, passed away a year ago on March 20, 2015. It was the most difficult experience I ever had to deal with in my life and Island Hospice in Honolulu was there to help me and my ohana prepare for mom's passing every step of the way. Mom's dignity was preserved throughout her dying process with the care of Hospice workers each and every day. They helped us throughout November 2014 to March 2015 in my brothers' home. Mom & I were grateful for all that services they provided within my brother's home where she was constantly surrounded by family. Islands Hospice supplied a comfortable hospital bed with an adjustable bedside table, bedside camode , walker, home delivery of her meds to my brother's house and an almost daily visit by three different nurses and/or nurse assistants to bathe her, exercise her weary body and take her vitals to monitor her medications and her comfort. They helped Mom to decide for herself about her end of life POLST (Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) in addition to an Advance Directive. She always felt in control of all of her life decisions even into death. When we had to access the assistance of an adult foster caregiver in her final days, Hospice worked with the foster caregiver just as they did with us, her children, and made sure that we all had everything that we needed. In fact, up until last month they would send me a survivor letter that help me with steps to assist me in the grievance process. I am so grateful for all that they did for me and my ohana. I hope that anyone faced with a similar situation with a loved one will be able to get as much kokua as was given to me and Mom. Please support Hospice anywhere and everywhere that you can. It's really not about dying, it's about providing quality end of life. They managed Mom' pain and symptoms; they assisted Mom with the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying; they provided needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment;they coached our ohana and the foster caregiver on how to care for Mom; they delivered special services like physical therapy when needed; they provided short-term inpatient care available when Mom's pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home and they offered to provide bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends. F.Y.I. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and in most cases care is provided in the patient's home. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.