What services does Hospice of Homer offer?

Hospice of Homer services include end of life support, volunteer visitors and phone friends for the frail and isolated, medical equipment loans, educational offerings, lending library, and information and referral.

Can I keep my own doctor and still receive services from Hospice of Homer?

Families stay with their primary physician and/or oncologist. Your doctor and Hospice of Homer will work together with your family to set up a plan of care that meets your needs. You and your family receive this care wherever the client lives.

What do the services provided by Hospice of Homer cost?

Hospice of Homer does not charge for its services. Services are supported through donations from the community, grants, and fundraising. Making Hospice of Homer part of your planned giving plan is always appreciated and helps ensure our hospice services will be available without cost to families in the future.

Does Hospice of Homer have a hospice house?

Not at this time. For those admitted to South Peninsula Hospital there is a Hospice room available. In addition, some area long term care facilities and assisted living homes offer comfort rooms for end of life care when living at home is not possible. Hospice of Homer will provide care wherever you are living.

Can I still have treatments for my illness?

Individuals are welcome to continue any therapies or treatments while working with Hospice of Homer, including chemotherapy, radiation, antibiotics, blood transfusions, etc. Although Hospice of Homer does not provide medical support, we do work closely with area medical providers.

What if I’m not ready for nursing care or formal hospice?

Some of the families with whom Hospice of Homer works request and receive information to help them prepare for the future long before they need formal hospice services. Hospice of Homer can help people with such things as answering questions, exploring options, talking to children, etc. Hospice of Homer has a library of helpful books available as well as volunteers to help with life review.

Are medication expenses covered by Hospice of Homer?

Hospice of Homer is a non-medical hospice and does not provide medications. Many families have medications paid for by their insurance company. The Hospice of Homer Service Coordinator works with families that are underinsured or without insurance by providing options they might explore that will pay for needed medications and equipment.

Are medical equipment expenses covered by Hospice of Homer? 

Hospice of Homer offers for free loan of basic medical equipment such as shower chairs, walkers, hospital beds, wheelchairs, etc. If Hospice does not have the needed equipment, many families’ insurance companies will pay for the needed items. Feel free to check with Hospice of Homer to see if we have the piece of equipment you need before you or your insurance company purchases it.

Do you have home health aides?

Certified Nursing Assistants are not employed by Hospice of Homer, but the Hospice Service Coordinator can assist a family in locating this resource. Hospice does informally partner with outside agencies that offer support and provide trained volunteers to assist with day to day practical tasks, errands, and emotional support for families and patients. Our volunteers do not provide hands-on client care unless it is an emergency situation.

Who does Hospice of Homer serve?

Last year we served over 50 individuals and families through the HOH End of Life program. In addition about 200 individuals received bereavement support, mostly through our correspondence program. Twenty five participated in individual and group grief support. Most of the individuals we serve are over the age of 60. While most are experiencing cancer, many have other kinds of illnesses.

Join Our Circles of Giving
Online or Call the Office at 235-6899

Fellowship Circle
(up to $100)

Caring Circle
($101 to $249)

Kindness Circle
($250 - $364)

$-A-Day Sponsor
($365 per year)

Dignity Circle
($365 - $999)

Commitment Circle

Other donation options

Give a yearly donation to Hospice of Homer.

Regular small donations provide steady income to us throughout the year and are easier on your cash flow. You will be acknowledged for every contribution and can opt out at any time.

Make a Monthly Donation

Give a donation in memory of a dear one that will be recognized in the Hospice of Homer newsletter.

Make a Donation In Memorium

In the $-A-Day Program, each sponsor gives one dollar per day ($365/year) to support the work of Hospice of Homer. HOH sends an invoice monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually; whatever works best for the sponsor. Sponsors are thanked in the Hospice newsletter and once a year in the Homer News. Names of sponsors are posted in the HOH office.

Make a $-a-day Donation

The fund is to honor Peter Larson’s contribution to Hospice and the community. The purpose of the Peter Larson Compassion in Action Fund is to provide long-term support for Hospice and its community. The Compassion In Action Fund provides an opportunity for community members to leave a legacy of caring through a donation to the Fund.

Donate to the Peter Larson Fund

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You may be able to double or triple your already generous donation to Hospice of Homer! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or their spouses. If your company has a matching gift program, request a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department and send it completed and signed with your gift or shortly after you have made your gift. We will do the rest.

Please remember Hospice of Homer when making a charitable contribution through payroll deductions. If you or someone you know works for a company that participates in the United Way, please consider making a designated contribution through UW.

Leave a legacy that will improve end-of-life care for people in need for many years to come. Your legacy gifts ensure the continuation and expansion of Hospice of Homer. Please contact your attorney for information and update laws.

You may include Hospice of Homer when preparing your will, or ask your estate planner to add a codicil to an existing will designating Hospice of Homer when preparing your will, or ask your estate planner to add a codicil to an existing will designating Hospice of Homer as a charitable beneficiary. You may choose to leave any combination of:

  • A specific dollar amount.
  • A specific percentage, or all, of your residuary estate – the remainder left after bequests to others, debts and expenses are paid.
  • A gift in trust that pays a portion of the trust property to individual beneficiaries and a portion to Hospice of Homer.

You may designate Hospice of Homer as the beneficiary of the insurance policy. You will be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift.

The principal advantage of donating retirement plan assets to Hospice of Homer is that you avoid all income and estate taxes. If you leave these assets to a non-spousal individual beneficiary, they are subject to extremely high estate tax and income taxes. You may instruct the institution that handles your retirement accounts to designate Hospice of Homer as the beneficiary of your IRA or pension plan..

Transfer assets to a trustee and each year you and/or someone you have designated will receive income from the trust. The trust may last either for a term of years or for life. The trust allows you to receive an income tax deduction now, arrange for tax-free growth of retirement assets, and receive a retirement income from the trust when you retire. When the trust ends, the remaining trust assets will pass to Hospice of Homer.

Donating in stocks to Hospice of Homer can give you significant income tax savings.

Hospice of Homer is a qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization. Tax ID: 92-0115943