Gifford provides special care in a special garden-side suite, the Garden Room, for patients at the end of life and to their grieving families. The ride was created by a Gifford motorcycle riders and nurse to support the Garden Room and special services for patients in advanced illness and at the end of life. Some of these services occur in the Garden Room and some are for those coping with advanced illness at home or choosing to die at home.
These special services include comfort measures, such as massage, acupuncture, Reiki and music therapy. Family services, such as meals for those staying with their loved one in the Garden Room, bereavement help and professional photos of your loved one, are often provided. And one-time gifts support a huge variety of individual wishes. Past wishes have included everything from a trip to a Red Sox game to a handicap ramp, a life celebration to an ambulance ride home at the end, gas cards for travel to doctors’ visits to a lift chair.
All free services provided through Gifford’s palliative and end-of-life care program are a direct result of the Last Mile Ride. To request assistance through the Last Mile Ride, talk to your or your loved one’s Gifford health care provider. He or she can work with the program to access funds. Call us at (802) 728-2726 for further details.