Can you help HPH Hospice help others? | Lifestyle | #specialneeds | #kids

Good morning! The amazing care team at HPH Hospice of Citrus County provides care to our patients who are nearing their final stages of life as well as caring for their family and caregivers with emotional and spiritual support.

Many often wonder how hospice is paid. HPH Hospice receives partial reimbursement through Medicare, Medicaid and private pay. However no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. This is where Chapters Health Foundation comes in to support our special needs patients.

As a hospice organization, durable equipment is provided when needed, like hospital beds, tray tables, oxygen and more, but some of our patients need food, help with power bills or rent/mortgage payments due to their caregiver having to leave employment to care for their loved one.

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The HPH Hospice food pantry is available for our special needs patients, but sometimes additional items are needed like paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, and soap, etc. On behalf of HPH Hospice, I plan to re-start my original “stock-up” program, by collecting personal hygiene items, paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies for our special needs patients.

You can help. I’ll have specific information in the near future. If your business or organization would like to help, call 352-359-8373 or email, for a list of items.

What HPH Hospice needs right now is YOU. If you have ever considered volunteering, now is the time. I’m looking for Veterans, who would be willing to be a part of our Chapters Health Valor Program Team performing “pinning” ceremonies for our veteran and well as our first responder patients.

I’m also looking for people willing to visit patients, in a facility or at home, or be a greeter at the hospice house. Visit, click volunteers, scroll down, click opportunities and apply.

“As you get older you’ll discover you have two hands. One for helping yourself – the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

If your organization would like to hear more about HPH Hospice, The Chapters Health Foundation, and how you can help, call Andrea Arflack at 727-819-5985 or email You can also join the HPH Hospice Genies Facebook group, where you learn about the special needs of a local patient and help fulfill a wish.

Until next time, take care, stay well and think about volunteering!

Katie Lucas is the volunteer coordinator at HPH Hospice, an affiliate of Chapters Health System in Lecanto. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and public relations from the University of Alabama and has lived in Citrus County for 32 years. Contact her at or call 352-359-8373.

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