For those making the decision to spend their last months at home or in a home-like setting surrounded by loved ones, the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home and Home Care Services provides the specialized end of life care patient and families most desire.
OSF has a rich history rooted in our Sister's tradition of caring for others. For more than 136 years, OSF HealthCare has been serving communities with "the greatest care and love." As part of OSF HealthCare, OSF Hospice provides special care for all people facing a terminal or life-threatening illness.
Your generous donation enables families to get the help they need, be it shelter, transportation, food or other needs. Over the years, OSF Foundation funds have allowed OSF Hospice to provide additional services for patients, including physician in-home visits, supplies for patient use, and expensive medications to ease pain symptoms.
OSF HealthCare never refuses treatment to anyone simply because of an inability to pay for services. Each year, OSF HealthCare provides millions of dollars of un-reimbursed care. This simply could not happen without your continued help and support.
OSF Home Care provides a multitude of home care products and services to help patients remain in the comfort of their own home while continuing to receive quality health care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their motto is "There's no place like home."
It’s a place of hope, comfort, and peace. With round the clock assistance offered 24 hours a day, it’s a place for loved ones to be together, enjoy the company of one another, and cherish happy memories. Families have often express how comforting it is to be with loved ones in a place where their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs are fulfilled. Your gift to Hospice supports the continued mission to provide care to those at the end of life. In addition, gifts to Hospice will support grief counseling, respite care, and volunteer orientation and education. Learn more about Hospice.
How Can I Support OSF Hospice?
Every gift is welcome and allows for tax deduction benefits. Each gift makes a difference and helps offset expenses to allow us to fulfill our Mission of providing comfort, care and compassion as a Community of Caregivers. Your gift may be designated to OSF Hospice or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
The OSF Healthcare Foundation is honored to help you meet your philanthropic goals in support of OSF Hospice. Please make your gifts payable to OSF Healthcare Foundation, specifically OSF Hospice or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, and send to:
OSF Home Care Services
Attn: Donna Medina, Vice President of Hospice and Foundation
2265 W. Altorfer Drive
Peoria, Illinois 61615
Donating Online to OSF Home Care
Thank you for considering a donation to OSF Home Care Services. In offering a donation, you are making an investment in the care and needs of our patients and their families in our surrounding areas. Every donation makes a difference.
Please choose from the following service areas to make your donation.
Ways to Make a Difference with OSF Hospice & OSF Hospice Home
- Gift a tax-deductible cash gift for such purposes as underwriting a specific medical service or providing undesignated support for daily needs.
- Pay tribute to a loved one with a gift in honor or remembrance of a family member, friend or colleague.
- Consider a gift or appreciated securities such as stock or property. The OSF Healthcare Foundation can use the proceeds from these gifts to support OSF Hospice or the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. Most donors can benefit with an income tax deduction for the full market value and avoid tax on any capital appreciation.
- Ask friends and family to recognize your birthday or anniversary with a donation in your honor.
- Consider your own legacy through a planned gift to support OSF Hospice or the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. A planned gift can be as simple and meaningful as a bequest in your Will, adding OSF as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy or retirement account, and as creative as a Charitable Gift Annuity creating a life income stream for you or a loved one, while supporting the Mission of OSF Hospice in the future. OSF has developed a comprehensive planned giving program for you as you consider your passion and the impact of your own legacy gift through estate planning. For in-depth descriptions, resources and helpful tools regarding planned giving opportunities, please visit OSF Legacy of Hope.
- Another wonderful thing to give is your time. Anyone with a heart full of love and compassion can become a hospice volunteer. Our Mission to serve could not succeed without the support of our volunteers. Volunteer roles vary and can include direct support of the patient and their family, memorial services or clerical functions.
Thank you for your support as we continue, in the spirit of Christ and the example of St. Francis of Assisi, to serve our communities with the greatest care and love.
A Special Birthday
Vicki Barber's father Fred was known for being…as she fondly puts it, 'a tough cookie.'
The 75 year old lived a life focused on family-- his wife and four daughters, friends, and hard work.
"Dad was strong, he always pulled through," Vicki explained. "But in recent years he had heart problems and suffered a stroke that caused him to lose mobility."
Vicki's mother Sue became his sole caregiver at home, until the summer of 2013.
"Our hospice care nurse Susan talked to mom about the hospice home. Dad's condition was worsening, it was getting difficult for mom to be the sole caregiver for him at home," said Vicki. "Susan's compassion for my family's needs was incredible. She got the ball rolling."
The same day the conversation took place, Fred arrived at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. From the moment her family stepped through the doors, Vicki says she finally felt at peace.
"I remember being greeted by Dr. Phillip Olsson the Executive Director of OSF Home Care. He warmly acknowledged me as Fred's daughter," she recalled. "It's at that point I realized nothing else mattered. It was about dad, our family, and our love."
As she thinks back to that emotional day, her eyes fill with tears.
Tears of relief.
Tears of sadness.
Tears of love.
"It meant so much. After the long days and nights, the weeks of care, the constant worry for my mom…the nurses approached her, looked her in the eyes, and said, "You're tired. It's our turn to be the caregivers now. You love on him, kiss him, and just be his wife now."
Fred's personal room at the hospice home gave the entire family enough space to visit comfortably and even sleep there.
"It was huge," Vicki describes. "With so many of us, it impressed me that each time a nurse, a pastoral care member, or a doctor entered the room, they always acknowledged dad first. Then they greeted us. While my dad for the most part was incoherent, they always treated him with the dignity and respect he deserved."
Vicki's family stayed at the hospice home for five days.
"It was incredible," she said. "I know that sounds odd to say, but we felt calm there. Death and dying was an 'unknown' for our family. I think we were in denial because dad had bounced back from heart attacks and strokes before."
But this time was different.
Vicki says the nurses held their hands, and guided them through. When Fred's body began to show additional signs of the dying process, staff members spoke with the family about the changes.
"If we needed spiritual support, a hug, a prayer--they were there. They encouraged us to accept this process, to reminisce with dad, to speak directly to him--even if he wasn't awake. All the while, they continued to make him comfortable, and meet his every need."
On August 15th, Vicki celebrated her birthday at the Hospice Home.
"We had been going through so much; I forgot it was my birthday! But the staff made it special. They brought in a cake for me; we ate in dad's room. While his time was nearing, I came to peace that even if dad passed on my birthday--I'd be okay sharing this day with him for the rest of my life."
Fred passed away two days later.
"It was hard… it always is," said Vicki. "But those five days dad spent in the hospice home, we could focus on being a family. We reminisced, laughed, and enjoyed each other. The staff's care and support gave us that relief, that comfort we wouldn't have had if mom and dad had still been at their house."
Half a year later, Vicki continues to visit hospice home. To her, it's a place of hope for people to be together, to forget their troubles, and focus on what's most important in life…the love of family.
"I am forever changed by this place, by the people here," she said.
A Helping Hand: Mothers' Legacy Makes Lasting Impact on Local Couple
It’s a sunny March afternoon. Rays of warmth shine through the window of Victoria Hoelscher’s home as she slices one of her famous cakes--fresh from the oven.
“My mother JoAnn, taught me how to bake,” she smiles. “It was one of her talents.”
But Victoria’s mother helped her learn another sweet lesson…
“Growing up, mom always wanted us to volunteer. Really get involved in our communities.”
Over the years, Victoria’s desire to help others grew.
She and her husband John volunteer at many Peoria organizations--but on Monday’s their time is spent at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home serving patients and families.
“During the day, Victoria takes our therapy dog “Sir William” through the halls and into rooms for visits,” John explained. “Patients really like that. At nights I work the front desk, greeting new faces, answering questions. It’s a wonderful place.”
Both John and Victoria’s mothers received hospice care through OSF. Sadly, each passed away in 2012, a year before the hospice home opened.
“That seed, our passion for hospice, got planted when OSF came into our mother’s lives,” said Victoria. “The caregivers make every patient’s day a special day. Each serves with compassion and love. They’re in tune with the family’s needs.”
In honor of their mothers, John and Victoria made two financial donations to the hospice home. A set of plaques dedicated to their loved ones are on display in the building’s foyer.
“OSF took good care of our moms, and it’s our way of saying thank you. We wanted them to be part of this special place, to welcome each person that walks in,” said John.
The couple describes John’s mother, Eillene as a hardy German business owner with an eye for fashion, who fondly called her customers, “peaches.”
“Mom had her own bridal shop; she served brides from all walks of life even if they couldn’t afford it upfront,” John recalls. “I remember she’d sew beads and jewels on bridal veils for women who didn’t have the means to pay for the extra detailing. She’d say, ‘Anything for you peaches.’ She genuinely cared for others.”
“The hospice home is much the same way,” added Victoria. “No one is turned away regardless of ability to pay. It doesn’t matter where you came from. When families come through the doors, they are safe, they are loved, and they’re taken care of.”
To John and Victoria, the hospice home is a place of peace. A place reminding all people how precious life is.
“The ratio is one in one of us will die,” said Victoria. “To be in the presence of your family, in a positive environment, knowing you and your loved ones are cared for--it’s a five star life journey home. People can focus their energies on just being a family, because those of us at the hospice home take care of the rest.”
John and Victoria will continue volunteering there for many years. It’s a place they know provides great care, in a setting where lending a helping a hand is held in the highest regard.
“When we serve at the hospice home we feel close to our moms,” said John. “Because they taught us how to give.”