Understanding Your Community Volunteer Hospice

Hospice of Anchorage

Did you know that Hospice of Anchorage is a Volunteer Hospice?

We are! What does that mean for you? Because we are not a Medicare Certified Hospice provider, access to our services differs from Providence Hospice, Frontier Hospice, and Ancora Hospice. 

If you are earlier in the course of a serious life-limiting illness and/or are still undergoing treatment but need some guidance and support, please call Hospice of Anchorage. We can help you and your loved ones navigate your diagnosis, connect you with community resources, and provide social services as well as nurse education. 
If you or a loved one are no longer pursuing curative treatment, do not want to return to the hospital, and have been given a diagnosis with a life expectancy of six months or less, you should call a Medicare Certified Hospice. In our community, you have the choice of Providence Hospice, Frontier Hospice, or Ancora Hospice. 
Most importantly, don’t wait. What we hear most often from those on our service is, “I wish I would have called sooner.”

When and Who Do I Call?

What Services are Provided at Hospice of Anchorage?

At Hospice of Anchorage, our care is provided by a team of professionals and trained volunteers. We provide emotional and spiritual support, information, education, in-home practical assistance, and companioning (when Covid restrictions are lifted), assessment, and community resources coordination. When your disease progresses under our care, we will refer you to a Medicare Hospice but will remain an integral part of your care team.
Our staff provides consultation, education, and support visits during regular working hours, Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm.
We coordinate with other providers for needed medication and equipment.  Hospice of Anchorage provides limited in-home respite and chore services for those who qualify for our State of Alaska funded Senior In-Home grant program.  The supervision of your medical care remains with your individual provider. 
Care is provided in the person’s place of residence by a team of professionals (RN Case Managers, Chaplain, LCSW or LMSW, Medical Director, and Certified Nursing Assistants) and trained volunteers.  Medicare Hospices provide after-hours coverage with as-needed access to your nurse and physician.  Medicare Hospices provide medications related to pain and symptom management (per formulary) and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) (per basic equipment list). All other requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Medicare Hospice provides four levels of care:
  1. Routine In-home care
  2. Continuous Care
  3. General In-Patient Care
  4. In-Patient Respite Care


Supervision of your medical care can remain with your provider or can transfer to the Hospice’s Medical Director.

What Services are Provided by a Medicare Hospice?

Do I Qualify for Hospice Care?

At Hospice of Anchorage, we serve individuals of all ages (from before birth) with a limited life expectancy. We also provide support to families and caregivers. We serve those who are continuing to receive palliative or curative treatments. You can continue to see your physician as needed and go to the hospital for care. 
To qualify for Medicare Hospice, you need to discontinue ongoing treatments related to your life-limiting diagnosis. Medicare has specific medical indicators/criteria that must be present to qualify for the Hospice Medicare Benefit. Your physician must sign a Certification of Terminal Illness. 

How Do I Get Started?

Anyone can refer themselves or a loved one to Hospice of Anchorage, as long as the person being referred (or their POA) has given consent. You can fill out our online Referral Form. Once completed, our staff will automatically be notified. Or you can always call us at 907-561-5322.

If we feel you would benefit from a Medicare Hospice provider, we’ll gladly connect you with one in our community. 

Is Hospice Care Expensive?

At Hospice of Anchorage, all of our services are free of charge. We are a nonprofit 501c3, supported through community and business donations and state and federal grants.
If you’re being cared for by a Medicare Hospice and have insurance, the Hospice Medicare Benefit (HMB) covers your hospice care. Many Medicare hospices provide financial assistance to those who don’t have insurance or whose insurance doesn’t include the HMB. 
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