Mountain Valley Hospice needs a/c, fans

Staff report

Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative care has seen an increase in the need for fans and air conditioners for its clients and the community. During the summer months several families in the community don’t have the necessary means to keep cool.

“One of our goals at Mountain Valley Hospice is keeping our patients as comfortable as we possibly can for as long as we can,” the agency said in a statement released Wednesday.

Mountain Valley Hospice has been involved with collecting fans and air conditioner units for the past nine years.

“I remember there was a patient that lived in a mobile home and the a/c was broken. He was on oxygen and had a hard time breathing. He only had one small window a/c thus he had to stay in one room when it was hot,” said Sheila Jones, director of marketing with Mountain Valley Hospice.

“We were able to put a second small window unit in his home and significantly increased his quality of life. He was able to go to other rooms of his home to be with family instead of being in the one room that had the air working in it.

“Please if you are doing home cleaning and find a fan you are not using, we can put it to good use,” said Jones “Or get your office, Sunday school class, or social/service club to purchase one or two for a family in need.”

Folks wishing to donate fans and air conditioner units can do so at any Mountain Valley Hospice office. For more information call 1-888-789-2922

Mountain Valley Hospice has locations in Mount Airy, Dobson, Elkin, and Yadkinville in North Carolina and in Stuart, Virginia, Hillsville, Virginia, and Martinsville, Virginia.

Staff report

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