Our History

  • Late 19th Century
    • Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs) began providing health care in the homes of families newly immigrating to America’s eastern seaboard cities.
  • Spring of 1977
    • A group of local Riley County citizens met to address the problem that many older people in our community were leaving their homes and entering nursing homes primarily because the services to assist them in their homes were not available.
  • August 4, 1978
    • Riley County Health and Homemaker Services were incorporated as a voluntary not-for-profit corporation. Operation began with 3 part-time staff providing services that promote health and independence while improving quality of life.
  • October 1978
    • Certified as Medicare Home Health provider.
  • 1980s
    • Community funding and federal grants provided the resources to support services not covered by Medicare and other insurance.
  • 1986
    • Changed name to Homecare, Inc. to illustrate a commitment to a full range of in-home services to area residents.
  • February 6, 1992
    • Homecare, Inc. merged with Hospice Care, Inc. to become Homecare & Hospice, Inc.
  • December 1992
    • Certified as Medicare Hospice provider
  • May 1996
    • Homecare & Hospice Foundation was formed with a community Board of Trustees to promote and develop initiatives in private fundraising, fiduciary management and volunteerism that support our mission.
  • December 1996
    • The first annual Light of Life Memorial is held at the Manhattan Town Center.
  • 1999
    • Bill Colvin Legacy Campaign conducted by Foundation.
  • October 1999
    • First annual Flint Hills Festival of Wines is held.
  • 2003
    • 25th Anniversary celebrated with community, business, and medical receptions.
  • 2005
    • The Sheltering Embrace Hospice House Campaign begins as the Board of Trustees and Campaign Leadership Committee volunteers began actively fundraising to build the first ever hospice house in Riley County history.
  • October 2005
    • The first annual Promenade on Poyntz is held.
  • 2007
    • Homecare & Hospice secures a $550,000 grant for The Sheltering Embrace Hospice House Campaign from the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, OK. This is the largest Mabee Foundation grant received in Riley County history.
  • October 2008
    • Homecare & Hospice hosts the Groundbreaking Ceremony at the site of the future hospice house.
  • January 2010
    • Construction is complete on the first ever hospice house in Riley County. The Homecare & Hospice office and staff move from their Poyntz Avenue location to the new hospice house.
  • February 8, 2010
    • Doors officially open to The Good Shepherd Hospice House.
  • November 2010
    • Became a partner in the national We Honor Veterans Program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • January 2012
    • In order to provide the most comprehensive care possible, Homecare & Hospice expands its services to include Transitions. A free community service available to anyone with a life-limiting illness.
  • June 2014
       The first annual Homecare & Hospice Charity Golf Tournament is held