Staycation Respite Program
For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS) enables cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite experiences. The FPS Staycation program equips families with resources for respite, reflection and financial relief when a family is unable to travel due to advanced stage cancer. This opportunity allows families to connect and create magical moments within their own homes.
We are currently piloting this program with a limited number of cancer institutions with the goal to open more broadly after this pilot has been completed.Make a Donation
About the Program – A Hidden Gem at FPS
Arising from the need to fulfill our mission to advanced stage cancer patients who are unable to travel, FPS Program Coordinators gift Staycations to provide patients with the opportunity for connection and comfort. Since we started this informal, organic outreach, we have sent dozens of packages to young families facing cancer. The Staycation package encourages the patient, caregiver and immediate family to Take A Break at Home and includes resources to address the emotional, psycho-social, financial and spiritual needs of the family unit. Respite is respite, regardless of where and how a family is able to find peace, solace, comfort, connection and conversation. The therapeutic benefits from our Staycation resources align with those received via the travel respite program. Further, each Staycation includes a generous cash stipend and a grocery gift card to offset basic need costs.
This is an uncertain time in our history, as respite travel cannot be conducted during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet, cancer doesn’t take a break, and we won’t either! Thus, we are taking immediate action to refine and perfect our Staycation process, making it a direct program entry for families who cannot travel due to this health crisis.
We are aiming to open this program to the general public in early summer as we are working hard at resourcing the included materials in larger capacity. In the meantime, we are actively accepting inquiries and are happy to answer any questions you may have about Staycations or our Respite Travel program.
How Can You Help?
We are looking for help to increase our supplies and build meaningful Staycation packages. For families that still prefer to travel for their respite experience, their respite can be delayed. But for families that are facing advanced stage cancer, who will not have the ability to wait for a future respite, we will bring the respite to their home!
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Our Staycation package includes a $200 cash stipend (used for a family meal, date night, or other memory making activity), a $50 grocery gift card and other significant respite resources including aromatherapy, journals, family oriented activities and games (including time capsules, a Family Keystone activity, cards, games and puzzles), cozy comfort items, spiritual and cancer-care related educational books and much more. The average total cost of this box is $750 per family.
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Inquiries and Nominations
In order to receive a Staycation, a patient must have a physician diagnosis of advanced stage cancer, be between the ages of 24-55, reside within PA, NY, NJ, DE, and MD and be nominated by a health care professional who is a member of the patient’s oncology team. Interested nominators must undergo a brief in-service to nominate a patient for the Staycation program. Once completed, the nominators will assess their patients and be able to nominate advanced stage patients for our Staycation program by completing the required Staycation nomination forms. All packages will be mailed within two weeks of the accepted nomination.
We are piloting this program with nominators from the University of Pennsylvania, MD Anderson Cooper and the University of Maryland. We intend to accept widespread nominations beginning July 1, 2020. Cancer does not stop and our families experience anxiety, isolation and fear daily. We thank you in advance for your support of the Staycation Respite Program.
A new nominator, Megan Cannone of Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland, provided the following testimonial.
I’ll do anything to help your organization.
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the staycation package you put together for the Clayton family. She was heartbroken that she wasn’t able to travel due to the rapid progression of her cancer, but so thankful for the care package you all provided. Samantha transferred to an inpatient hospice house from the hospital and didn’t even get a chance to go home. Your package provided items that brought her comfort and the money was used to not only buy a few necessities for her son, but other items such as games, to make memories and hopefully make her end of life transition just a little more peaceful. You are an incredible resource and foundation. Thank you, thank you.
Megan Cannone, LCSW-C, OPN-CG