Two local siblings wanted to donate their dad’s memorial fund to a place that would do the most good for families trying to do the best for their terminally ill loved ones. They found such a place at Almost Home Inc., 1919 Van Buren.
The sister and brother decided on the non-profit entity after learning more about its residential, respite and hospice services, said Kim Sneath-Miller, daughter of Tim Miller. Tim passed away in 2012.
Kim and her brother, Sean, recently donated $10,000 to Almost Home in honor of their father. They and many others contributed to the fund, which was saved in a bank account until the right moment.
“We know he would be pleased, humbled and proud with this decision,” Kim said, referring to her dad. “This was a long-overdue and much-needed facility in Great Bend. We wish it had been available when dad was in need of a place for hospice care.”
Almost Home has two rooms designated for hospice patients, and it contracts with other agencies to provide the specialized care on-site. The rest of the remodeled home is devoted to full-time and part-time residential care, as well as respite services for caregivers.
“Most people never think their family will need a facility such as Almost Home,” Kim commented. “But you just don’t know; it is a great comfort that it is here if you need it. Almost Home gives its residents peace of mind, dignity and privacy, which would be difficult for families to maintain without help.”
Sean noted the memorial donation is a great way to honor his dad’s memory.
“He was always very giving to the community and other people,” Sean said. “He would have been on the front row of this effort.
“Almost Home is truly a blessing,” he continued. “The staff helps the family, not just the patient. I cannot say enough about how they make you feel right at home in this close-to-home residence.”
Leilani Schenkel, Almost Home operator and executive director, said Almost Home is pleased to receive the contribution.
“We are honored the Miller family chose Almost Home to receive this donation in memory of Tim,” Schenkel said. “The members of our board of directors all agree that this memorial donation will allow Almost Home to help provide end-of-life care to those who do not have the financial ability to pay for the services completely on their own.”