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Letter: Help is not coming

  • Author: Bethany Burgess
    | Opinion
  • Updated: July 9
  • Published July 9

Every day this week, I’ve called my dying patients and told them that help is not coming. I’ve had to say that I’m not sure when it will come again. I’m grateful that the Senior In-Home Grant wasn’t vetoed, but the slowdown of the budget process has resulted in a scenario where my patients are unnecessarily having their supports ripped from their home for an undetermined amount of time. They no longer receive help bathing, cooking meals, and getting to medical appointments.

Up until July 1, I was assured by the state that there would be no interruption in service and not to reach out to patients and families to create a Plan B. On July 1, we were given a letter saying that grant award notifications were delayed for an indeterminate amount of time. After many calls, I finally got through to the individuals listed as contacts and was told they are still in the review process for grant awards.

When I asked for a time frame to give my patients, a week or a month or several months, I was told that there is no time frame available.

Bethany Burgess

Clinical Director, Hospice of Anchorage

Anchorage

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