Lloyd feels that thus far, his end-of-life journey has been made as comfortable as possible through the efforts of hospice care.
"Even though we are in assisted living, there are things they can’t cover and hospice covers it," Lloyd said. "Everything we need, they are there to supply us with and keep us comfortable. Right now that’s the main purpose, to spend your last days and keep the quality of life up till the end."
There is a gap, however, in the cost the services Beloit Regional Hospice provides, and reimbursement that comes in from public and private insurance.
That’s why the annual Doves and Diamonds fundraiser is so important, said Sarah Kruse, director of community outreach for Beloit Regional Hospice.
The ninth annual Doves and Diamonds event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Eclipse Center in Beloit.
"We are really excited about the opportunity to bring Doves and Diamonds back to the community because it’s really grown over the years and people have come to look forward to it, not only as an opportunity to support hospice, but also to spend an evening together and have some good entertainment and fun," Kruse said. "We’ve added some changes this year, we have some surprises in terms of music and we have some different auction items available, and a 50/50 raffle this year that we haven’t had before. We are always looking for ways to change it up and have it be entertaining for our loyal attendees who have been coming for years, but also interesting to people who are new to the event this year."
The event will start with an hors d’oeuvre buffet and silent auction accompanied by jazz and classical music. Later in the evening Little Vito and the Torpedoes will take the stage once again as they have in previous years to get the room dancing.
Reservations are required for the event, but all the proceeds from the event go toward assisting Beloit Regional Hospice’s patients.
"Because we are a nonprofit community organization, there is a gap in what it costs us to provide care for patients and their families," Kruse said. "Some of the services that we provide that are extra, for instance, our grief support program and transitions program, is supported completely by donations, grants and foundations. These are programs that we offer to anyone in the community, not just hospice patients."
"When you get to a certain point in life you’re at a stop-gap, I guess is what you can call it," Lloyd Eneix said, "and hospice care can take over and make your last days much more comfortable."
"It’s been my experience that they are willing to do anything it takes to do that for you," he said.
"Our mission is to help make each moment of remaining life as full and comfortable as possible," Kruse said. "We work with patients and their families who are facing the end-of-life journey and we approach it holistically, giving not only the physical support that individuals need, but the spiritual, emotional and social support.
"The patient and the entire care giving group that may include family members, neighbors, friends or anybody supporting someone may have certain needs as well during that time." Kruse said. "Beloit Regional Hospice is here to assist them and educate and provide resources whenever possible."