Opportunities for Giving

In addition to giving to Hospice for general operations, you may also give to specific Hospice programs. Please review the Centers of Care list to see the donor options. You may be able to help in ways you had not imagined.

Quality of Life | Daily Life Needs | End of Life Wishes | Costly Therapies | Bereavement Services | Family & Community Education | Comfort (Palliative) Care | Inpatient Hospice | Caregiver Relief | Staff Advancement | Technology | Unfunded Care| Legacy Funds


Quality of Life

Hospice of Central Ohio is committed to preserving the quality and dignity of life by providing expert care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Gifts to Foundation funds that enhance quality of life may support both needs and wishes.


Daily Life Needs

Needs are met by the Selma Fund, for example, which provides for necessities that ease everyday living—such as an air conditioner to help a patient breathe and sleep better or a wheelchair ramp that makes accessibility to the house easier.


End of Life Wishes

Meeting final wishes is just as important as relieving the physical pain of end-of-life illness. For example, a hospice patient and spouse celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and the foundation helped gather the family for this momentous occasion. The foundation also provided the bus ticket for a brother who came from Toledo to stand vigil at his sibling's hospice bedside.


Costly Therapies

Patients sometimes have needs for medications or costly treatments not covered or not covered in full by Medicare or other payor sources and yet are essential to maintaining adequate comfort levels. The Foundation covers the costs of these expenses.


Bereavement Services

Grief that follows the death of a loved one is personal and very natural. While there is no “quick cure”, grief can be eased by compassionate and knowledgeable assistance. Hospice of Central Ohio offers bereavements services that include:

  • in-home support for hospice families;
  • a Celebration of Life in remembrance of a loved one and assistance at calling hours and funerals if requested;
  • individual counseling and support groups to discuss grief and loss;
  • scripture-based support groups;
  • children's grief camp--a week-long, nurturing summer day camp for children ages 6 to 12 who have lost a loved one;
  • in-school grief support groups for children that provide education and support over a six-week period;  
  • a lending library of books and audio and video tapes related to grief and loss.

These services are critical to the recovery and well-being of families and caregivers but none are covered by public or third-party insurance. Gifts to the Foundation for bereavement services support all grief assistance programming provided by Hospice of Central Ohio.


Family & Community Education

There are many misconceptions about the nature of hospice care, what it provides, who is eligible, and when to seek it. Therefore, Hospice of Central Ohio is expanding its educational programming.

In addition to education and information provided to individuals with life-ending illnesses, their families, and volunteer caregivers, such initiatives as Mind, Body and Soul: A Community-Based Hospice Education Program are being developed. Mind, Body, and Soul will permit Hospice of Central Ohio to focus on providing the most current information to:

  • professionals in the community who deal with terminal illness—including physicians, social workers, clergy, and funeral directors; and
  • the community at large—including schools, churches, businesses, civic organizations, as well as individuals seeking general information.

Gifts to the Foundation for family and community education will enable Hospice of Central Ohio to serve as the region’s primary resource for information about death, dying, and grieving.


Comfort (Palliative) Care

~"Both my parents went through Hospice. As a nurse, I was always 'the nurse' in my family. With Hospice, I was allowed to be the daughter."~ Michele Layman, President
Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio

Historically, hospice has provided hospitality and comfort in illness and death. Today, the comfort—or palliative—care provided to ease the life of hospice patients and their families may be physical, spiritual, psycho-social, and/or bereavement services. It may include a chaplain’s visit, symptom management, emotional support, and many types of care beyond that provided by a physician or nurse practitioner.

Chaplaincy services, for example, provide critical support to patients of Hospice of Central Ohio and their families. These visits and services are possible only through charitable gifts and the generosity of philanthropic donors.

Alternative therapies provided by Hospice, such as massage therapy, enhance the comfort of many patients. These therapies are typically not reimbursable services and are available only because of charitable gifts. Therefore, a wide variety of comfort care is provided through gifts to the Foundation.


Inpatient Hospice

For some patients in the end-of-life process, symptoms cannot be managed at home and an inpatient hospice facility is ideal for both patient and family. Hospice of Central Ohio operates the Selma Markowitz Inpatient Care Center at Licking Memorial Hospital, a space leased from the hospital system. With seven private rooms on the sixth floor, the center has been designed and furnished by hospice to feel as much like “home” as possible. Family members are invited to spend time with loved ones around the clock, with access to many of the comforts of their own homes. The private rooms are simply and beautifully decorated and encourage people to visit. A kitchen/dining area is available for meal preparation or a break from bedside vigils; and a children’s area, complete with toys and games, offers opportunities for young people to be present and occupied.

Gifts to the Foundation for in-patient hospice care will help maintain the welcoming Selma Markowitz Center; they will also permit Hospice of Central Ohio to establish convenient inpatient facilities in other areas of the service region when deemed appropriate.


Caregiver Relief

Hospice of Central Ohio takes great pride in providing care that makes possible patients’ living and aging in the place of their choice. This care requires the efforts of a team whose many roles include the support of caregivers, who are frequently family members. The burden of life-limiting illness on family/caregivers is dramatic. Care may be required round the clock; caregivers may have to continue to hold down jobs or raise children. Although many families feel honored to care for a loved one, the role can be overwhelming.

To provide some time away from care-giving responsibilities, Hospice offers short-term, in-patient respite for Hospice patients in the Selma Markowitz Center. Here, a team of Hospice professionals steps in for a brief time in order to provide a restorative break for caregivers.

In addition, Hospice trains volunteers to provide in-home respite. Their training helps them understand the emotional toll terminal illness takes on patients and families; they learn where to go for spiritual support for their patients or financial assistance, if needed.  Volunteers may also run occasional errands for caregiver families, provide companion services while caregivers are tending to other responsibilities, prepare an occasional meal, or assist with childcare. Gifts to the Foundation for caregiver relief support the training of volunteers and their many services to Hospice patients.


Staff Advancement

Professional development and training for staff members is critical to maintaining skills, to keeping abreast of the most current practices in hospice care, and to advancing professionally—to the benefit of staff and patients.

Gifts to the Foundation for staff advancement will provide in-house training and refresher opportunities and will help pay for staff education and schooling.



Advancing technologies continue to provide ever-greater benefits—increasing safety, efficiency, and timeliness of care—to hospice patients, families, volunteers, and healthcare professionals. For example, technology may facilitate:

  • accuracy of patient information 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Electronic Medical Record;
  • patient information management by aides, through the use of mobile personal digital assistants(PDAs) or palmtop computers;
  • patient-related lab work, which can be completed immediately right in the patient’s home, rather than later in a medical lab; and
  • Skype and computer-based two-way visual communication between the patient/family and doctors or other healthcare providers.

Keeping pace with technology is critical. Gifts to the Foundation for technology will continue to enhance communication between patients, caregivers, and medical staff. Gifts will also help Hospice of Central Ohio keep all computer systems current with appropriate updates and will support maintenance and updates to the hospice website.


Unfunded Care

~"I lost a grandmother I was very close to. In the last six months of her life, Hospice helped so much. In my work, I see a lot of people facing the same situations and I make a lot of referrals. I've seen great benefits from Hospice and I understand its value to our community.~ Ginny Grady

No one is turned away from Hospice of Central Ohio. Insurance covers many hospice services but occasionally there are extenuating circumstances that complicate or suspend coverage. For example:

  • when a patient’s family member or caregiver loses their job, they lose their insurance. They may still own their home so they do not qualify for public or supplemental insurance.
  • some families have insurance with a high deductible; while that deductible is being met, the family may require services and incur expenses they are unable to pay.

Gifts to the Foundation for unfunded care will help meet the costs for unreimbursed services and ensure that no one is turned away. This fund will also receive any unrestricted gifts to the foundation.


Legacy Funds

The Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio welcomes gifts of all sizes. Some, such as planned gifts, will be given through estates. Donors may also establish named endowed funds for programs such as music therapy, for example; or specific staff positions, such as chaplain or music therapist.

Unrestricted gifts to endowment are invited, as well.