JONESVILLE — Families struggling to balance daily living expenses with the cost of caring for a terminally ill family member will be getting some help thanks to the generosity of the Milliken Cedar Hill Plant and its employees.
In a ceremony at the Cedar Hill Plant Monday morning, members of the plant’s management presented representatives from the Union office of MSA Home Health and Hospice with a check for $420.
“We just appreciate everything they are doing for the people in our community,” Plant Leader Kris Tingler said in presenting the check.
Tingler said that traditionally, the Cedar Hill Plant has made such contributions to the March of Dimes. This year, however, Tingler said the plant’s associates recommended local organizations they felt were worthy of the plant’s support. One of those was MSA Home Health and Hospice. Tingler said that not only was it felt that MSA’s Union office was worthy of support, but that the funds donated would remain in the community helping local residents.
Once this was decided, Tingler said both the plant and the associates began working to raise funds for the donation to MSA as well as to other local groups such as the Miracle League of Union County. He said this took the form of a charity golf tournament conducted by Milliken and fundraisers organized by Cedar Hill Plant associates. As a result of those efforts, Tingler said approximately $15,000 was raised for distribution to local charities and public service organizations including MSA.
Milliken, the Cedar Hill Plant and its associates were thanked for their generosity by MSA Director of Professional Services Keri S. Adams.
“MSA Hospice is very thankful for the generosity of Milliken, their leadership, and employees,” Adams said. “Our patients will greatly benefit from this.”
Adams said MSA will use the funds to help its patients and their families cope with the financial stresses that often occur when a family member is terminally ill.
“They frequently have financial issues, not being able to pay bills, get food or medicine,” Adams said. “This will help them with these essential needs that are harder to meet because of illness.”
Adams concluded by saying that the generosity and kindness the Millken Cedar Hill Plant and its associates have shown to MSA’s patients is “truly a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving.”
According to its website (www.msa-corp.com) MSA Home Health & Hospice “is about helping an individual and their family share the best days possible as they deal with a life-limiting illness. It’s about adding quality of life, and helping you live those days as you choose. Our hospice care services provide a specialized program of care provided for patients and their families who are facing life-limiting illnesses. This specialized program and the care you receive is coordinated by a team of professionals.”
The website states that MSA hospice team consists of:
• Patients’ Personal Physicians
• Registered Nurses
• Home Health Aides
• Social Workers
• Bereavement Coordinators
• Trained Volunteers
• Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapists
The website states that MSA’s hospice services are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits at no cost to the patient or their family. It also states that most private insurance companies also cover MSA’s hospice services. It also states that “we provide care to all individuals who qualify for hospice regardless of their ability to pay for care. The hospice benefit pays for items related to your hospice diagnoses such as medications, oxygen medical supplies and equipment (i.e. hospital beds, wheel chairs and bedside commodes).”
The website further states that MSA hospice “care can serve anyone who is in the end stages of a life-limiting illness such as heart failure, lung disease, liver failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, ALS — or if there is a sudden decline in health with no specific reason. If you are tired of taking trips to the hospital, have chosen not to pursue treatment, or your doctor has exhausted all options for a cure, you may qualify for help from hospice care.”
The website states that MSA hospice care can be provided in a patient’s home, personal care home, assisted living facility or nursing home and, under special arrangements, in a hospital.
For more about MSA Home Health and Hospice call its Union office at 864-427-8322. The office, which is listed under the name Medi Home Hospice, is located at 720 South Duncan Bypass, Suite C, Union.
According to its website (www.milliken.com) Milliken and Company has more that 35 manufacturing facilities in America, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, China, India, Australia as well as other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Among those facilities is the Cedar Hill Plant which, according to the Union County Development Board website (unioncountydevelopment.com) employs 183 associates in the production of woven fabrics.
The Millken website states that the company “has long led the way for ‘knowledge-based’ investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents — and more than 5,000 patents worldwide — since our founding in 1865.”
It states that Milliken employs more than 7,000 associates worldwide who “work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.