Our Home Health And Hospice departments have moved to lower level of the Medical Pharmacy/Holton Dental building at 1100 Columbine Drive, Holton.

Phone: 785-364-9617
Hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If assistance is needed after hours call:
785-364-9625 and ask for the Home Health and Hospice on call nurse. 


Hospice is a philosophy of care that maximizes the quality of life when the quantity of life cannot be extended.

Our Hospice embraces this philosophy by offering end-of-life care and support to you, your loved-one and family. 

Our Hospice is honored to offer end-of-life care to you or a loved one and family in Jackson County and surrounding areas as the only local agency. Hospice is widely recognized as the best kind of care when a person’s illness cannot be cured or aggressively treated. Our hospice team cares for patients living at home or in local nursing homes and includes a team of expert physicians, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers ready to assist you and your family.


Advantages of Hospice Care

  • Hospice treats the person, not the disease.
  • Hospice focuses on the family and emphasizes the quality of life.
  • Hospice care allows terminally ill patients and their families to experience the end of life together, in the comfort of the home or home-like setting.
  • Hospice uses the combined knowledge and skills of an interdisciplinary team of professionals, including physicians, nurses, home care aides, social workers, spiritual care givers, counselors and volunteers.
  • Hospice care is viewed as the most cost-effective way to treat the terminally ill now and in the approaching decades.
  • Hospice is the preferred choice of health care delivery for the terminally ill and their families.
  • Hospice brings expertise and experience in pain management and symptom control.
  • Hospice provides care for social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families.
  • Hospice provides bereavement support.
  • The earlier hospice is involved, the more it can help make the patient’s final days, weeks and months as comfortable and satisfying as possible.

Myths about Hospice 

Myth:  Hospice is a place

Fact:  Hospice is a philosophy and we will go where the patient is. The majority of hospice care is provided in the familiar comfort of the patient’s home.

 Myth: “I have to stop all my medications while I am on hospice”


Fact:  Hospice does not take away all of a patients medications.  Hospice focuses on a relief based rather than a curative approach and the decision to stop taking medications is up to the patient.

 Myth:  “I won’t be able to use my regular doctor on hospice”                           


Fact:  A patient’s personal physician can choose to be a part of the hospice care team. The hospice medical director works with the patient’s primary care provider to develop a plan of care. The patient is directly involved in this plan of care.

 Myth:  Hospice is only for the last days of life.


Fact:  Hospice patients can receive care for 6 months or longer, depending on the course of their particular illness.

 Myth:  Being on hospice is giving up on life.


Fact:  Hospice is about living in comfort and dignity. Patients choosing hospice sooner rather than later, have shown to have better symptom control and quality of life.

 Myth:  Hospice only focuses on the patient’s illness.


Fact:  Every patient has an interdisciplinary team which includes a holistic approach that encompasses psychosocial, spiritual, bereavement and veteran support for the patients and families.  

The Jackson County Friends of Hospice is the volunteer arm of our organization. These volunteers undergo extensive training and provide support as directed by the family. 


Our Hospice Objectives Include:

• Educating the community about end-of life care concerns, advanced care planning, and pain management.
• Educating the community about the death and dying process and the services offered through the Hospice program.
• Aiding the terminally ill person and the family in the struggle to maintain independence and experience death with dignity.
• Maintaining the dying person in the home as an alternative to institutional care, or an appropriate setting as determined by the patient and family.
• Providing care to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the whole person.
• Supplementing and coordinating community resources and programs on behalf of the client and his family.
• Allowing the dying person a life as full and free of pain as possible, and a death with dignity supported by those who love and care for him.
• Supporting the family throughout the grief process after the death of their loved one. 

Grief Support - Beyond the Horizon Support Group

A grief support group is a safe place where you can share your stories, challenges and pitfalls related to loss without fear of judgement, ridicule or misunderstanding.  

It has been proven that being a part of a grief share group will make you feel more at peace and embrace the grieving process as part of your healing journey.


The Beyond the Horizon Support Group is come and go as you please.  There is no commitment. 

For questions, call Traci Smith, LMSW at 785-364-9683.

Jackson County Friends of Hospice Volunteers

Hospice volunteers are people who have been selected and trained to provide services to terminally ill persons and their families during one of the most stressful times of their lives. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our office.

Jackson County Friends of Hospice is a member of:
~Kansas Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
~National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
~Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

Jackson County Friends of Hospice has tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations and memorial contributions may qualify as tax deductions. 

For TDD-TTY call
The Kansas Relay Center 
1-800-766-3777 or 711