Imagine for a moment being hospitalized for surgery, illness, or injury. Now skip ahead to the day you return home. Can’t you just feel how comforting it is to peacefully relax back into familiar and nurturing surroundings?
For many elderly and disabled Brothers living in our largest Marist Brothers’ retirement facility, their return home after a hospital stay takes far longer than we’d like. You see, there’s often a critical middle phase – when a Brother needs to move to sub-acute care.
There is a way to transition many elderly and disabled Brothers home sooner! But to do this, we need your help! Can we count on your gift?
In fact, our largest Marist Brothers’ retirement facility already has an on-staff nurse to handle medical needs. And fellow Brothers are ready to offer the emotional support we all need after an illness or surgery! What we don’t have – and very much need – is a sub-acute bed!
This type of bed is a therapeutic aid to ease post-operative soreness and speed recovery. An adjustable frame at the head and foot reduces risk for common post-op circulation and respiratory issues. And with the push of a button, we could gently raise a Brother to a sitting position for meals.
Sadly, I discovered that to purchase, deliver, and install such a bed comes in at $4,943.78. Our budget cannot cover this extra cost.
Thinking about all the benefits a sub-acute hospital bed would bring our Brothers makes it difficult to postpone the purchase. But, until we have $4,943.78, I fear the bed we need is on indefinite hold!
Please help us out! Whatever you can comfortably afford – $15, $25, or more – will be greatly appreciated!
It’s important to add that being able to sometimes skip the sub-acute facility phase will reduce risk of exposure to viruses and bacteria – which would help reduce risk of infection or complications down the road.
Of course, having a hospital-quality bed in our retirement facility will also boost our budget. Sub-acute care facilities inevitably come with some out-of-pocket cost and with the right bed at home, we may save some costs in the long run.
Your gift to help purchase a sub-acute hospital bed would bring an elderly or disabled Brother home sooner. Please send your gift today!
I hope you understand that every gift is important. Think of the two nickels tucked in with my letter. Alone, the coins equal 10¢ – but when doubled once, twice, and then again, the amount adds up. In the same way, if every Marist Brothers’ friend sends what they can, the total will grow until we have the full $4,943.78 needed.
When your gift arrives, the Brothers and I will want to express our deep appreciation by adding your special intentions to our daily prayers. So please, remember to write your intentions on the enclosed response slip and send it back to me along with your donation.
Before signing off, I want to remind you that your gift will help our Brothers for years to come. More elderly and disabled Brothers are hospitalized or need surgical procedures each year. Having a hospital-quality bed installed in our retirement facility means many Brothers will return home sooner – and recuperate in familiar surroundings. Your gift will be such a blessing!
Sincerely yours in Christ,,
Br. Hugh P. Turley, F.M.S.
Director of Development