Adult Gift & Relief Fund
(previously Needs & Assistance Fund)
The Foundation provides one-time emergency relief to individuals receiving hospice care in South Carolina. This program provides help to those who are unable to pay for critical unfunded expenses. This can include but is not limited to assisting with utility bills, mortgage payments, and wheelchair ramps. "Small gifts" in the amount of $100 or less are also available and can include gas/grocery cards, nutritional supplements, and other needed items.
** Applications must be submitted by a member of the patient's hospice or palliative care team.
** NOTE: We do not provide reimbursement for payments already made or items purchased.
We encourage you to share this resource with your patients, as it contains a budgeting tip sheet, a guide to reducing current costs on major monthly expenses by contacting providers, and also resources available throughout the state that can benefit individuals facing financial hardships.
Please download the program's policies and guidelines by clicking on the green tab.
1) Please download and have patient/family complete the application and disclosure statement, 2) Send this with a typed, signed letter (by a social worker) on company letterhead that verifies the patient is currently on hospice services or was at the time of their death,
3) provide the patient's unpaid bill or invoice of $500 or less to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some companies may be required to complete a W9 form in order to receive payment for services (e.g. a local repair shop or pest control company.) Major utilities will NOT need to submit a W9.
When the application is complete and supporting documents have been obtained, please submit in .pdf form to email@example.com. Please note, photos or documents scanned on a phone will not be accepted. Please scan all original documents on a computer.
If you or one of your patients have benefitted from our Adult Gift & Relief Fund please give us feedback.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HPCF added this component for urgent needs (gas cards, grocery cards, nutritional supplements, etc.) as well as items to support quality of life for up to $100. The hospice provider can request these on behalf of a patient using this TWO-STEP process:
1) completing the online form (click green button on left); and
"This patient is on oxygen and the oxygen concentrator has driven up the cost of his power bill. In addition, his primary caregiver had to stop working to help care for him. The patient and caregiver were extremely grateful for the assistance provided to them."
- Social Worker for Hospice Family
"This help came when we were at our lowest and it relieved us of a large burden and started us on the road to recovery. We can't possibly thank you enough for your kind assistance."
"Our family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Hospice and Palliative Foundation for your thoughtfulness during our time of grieve and need. It is such a wonderful thing to know that agencies are so willing to assist in such a time as this. We will be for ever grateful!"
-Family of Hospice Patient