Mission & Vision

As a not for profit charity organization, the specific mission of the Foundation is to provide funding to meet the special needs of individual dying patients and their families.

How We Are Funded & Where Your Contributions Go

The Foundation for End-of-Life Care is supported by the generous contributions from individuals and corporations, as well as planned gifts such as: bequests, appreciated assets of securities or real estate, insurance beneficiary designations, and charitable trusts.  Your donations are used to support the special needs request of hospice patients and their families. One example of special needs is illustrated in the brief video on this page. Please take a moment to watch it and also read our support stories.

If you are a hospice seeking financial support for your patient, click here to register with us.

The Foundation for End-of-Life Care would like to give thanks and special recognition to the patient care teams at Capital City Hospice in Columbus Ohio http://capitalcityhospice.com/. These caregivers and their management team serve hospice patients and their families in several counties in Central Ohio; and, they know, as we do, that the needs of the hospice patient and the family go beyond the medical care and attention that the patient receives. Often, the patient is the breadwinner in the family and the financial situation is threatened as the disease progresses. Or, the family caregiver has to cut back on work hours to care for the patient. Then they are facing a financial crisis too; and, the need for financial support is greater than ever at this point. Capital City Hospice recognizes this special need and has often shared donations that they receive from grateful families and friends. Many of these generous donations have been given to the Foundation for End-of-Life Care and have been put to use through our Patient Special Needs fund https://foundationeolc.org/what-we-fund/patient-special-needs/. We thank Capital City Hospice management, caregivers, other staff and their donors for their continued financial support of hospice patients and their support of our Foundation.




Meeting the Special Needs of Hospice Patients & Their Families


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A patient’s family knows exactly what will help bring their loved one some joy and comfort in their challenging time – with the assistance of their social worker their special need request was for a comfort doll.
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A husband’s wife who is his primary caregiver has multiple health challenges and physical limitations that she must also contend with in addition to providing assistance to her ailing husband. The wife was dependent financially on her husband’s income. After her husbands’ passing the wife filed for disability and was initially denied.
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One too many unseasonal cold snaps in the weather cause a patient and his daughter to use more electricity than usual to help keep them warm. Their utility bill is almost twice as much. The daughter works hard in the hospitality industry and is the only working adult in the home.


The Foundation for End-of-Life Care, Inc. was founded in 1999 as a not for profit charitable organization by Hugh Westbrook & Esther Colliflower who were the founders of Vitas Healthcare Corporation.  Since its inception, The Foundation has been supporting the special needs of hospice patients and their families nationwide, as well as supporting programs that both improve hospice care and raise public awareness of it.

The Foundation has no relationship or association to Vitas Healthcare Corporation or any other hospice, not for profit or for profit.  The Foundation continues to operate as a not for profit Foundation doing business under its legal name(s); Foundation for End-Of-Life Care, Inc., Hospice Foundation for End-Of-Life Care, Inc., Caring Foundations, LLC, & Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund.