Our Mission: To provide a home-like environment where people at the end of life may live fully, receiving compassionate and competent care from professional, volunteer and family caregivers.
Our Care: Residents and their families receive individualized care that addresses their physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social needs. Hospice caregivers help control pain and symptoms so residents can live each day more comfortably and with dignity.
Our Vision: To be a community leader and resource for end of life care issues.
Honoring Veterans Veterans represent one-third of all residents served at Omega House. We are honored to serve these residents and have established a special fund to assist in providing care to any veteran in need of local hospice care.
Current News
Preview of 2014 Omega House Events
November 22, 2013
To both raise awareness for Omega House and hospice care in general as well as to raise funds to help offset operating costs and provide care to those in need, Omega House will again be presenting events over the course of the coming year. A preview:

Ski for the Key: February 8, 2014
Long known as “Ski for the Heart,” the long-standing event was renamed “Ski for the Key” in 2013 to better reflect the missions of and help raise money to benefit two Keweenaw organizations: Omega House, which provides residential hospice care, and the Swedetown Trails Club, responsible for maintaining the Swedetown ski and mountain bike trails in Calumet. Participants collect pledges and cross country ski or snowshoe at Swedetown Trails in Calument. Additional info at: www.skiforthekey.com.

Anglers for Omega House: May 3, 2014
This special “North End of the Keweenaw” event for Omega House honors Loretta Paulson and others who have taken life's final journey. Proceeds from Anglers for Omega House will go to help ensure the continued delivery of our compassionate care to anyone in need. Anglers will once again venture into the waters of Lake Superior in search of the elusive splake, a cross between a lake trout and a speckled brook trout. Participants will be treated to a spaghetti dinner at the Mariner North in Copper Harbor following the event.

Joe Evans Classic | 12th Annual Omega House Golf Outing: June 6, 2014
Join us for our annual golf outing, Friday, June 6 at the Portage Lake Golf Course in Houghton. There will be cash prizes for winners in each flight, door prizes, hole-in-one prizes and a raffle. All proceeds from the event go to Omega House to help with the cost of a resident’s stay.

8th Annual Summertime and the Living is Easy: Date TBD
Omega House again presents the Summertime and the Living is Easy concert, annual gathering of local musical artists who blend their talents through jazz, light opera, folk and blues, to benefit Omega House. Stay posted for more information about this mid-summer event.

3rd Annual Hike for the House: Date TBD
This special event honors those who have taken life's final path in their journey, and hopes to raise awareness of chronic diseases. Join us for the 2.5k, 5k or 10k hike to honor the path that every life takes. Enjoy the morning with friends and families in a setting where loved ones will be remembered. Additional info at: www.hikeforthehouse.com.

Fall Concert: Date TBD
Artists and venue still to be determined, but one thing is certain: our annual fall concert won't disappoint. Past performers include Breathe Owl Breathe, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, and the Garden City Hot Club, featuring Steve Jones and Bob Hiltunen.

We Honor Veterans
June 24, 2013

POW flag raising ceremony
at Omega House.
Front row, left to right:
Mike Abbott kneeling,
former POW Robert Bob Peterson seated,
daughter Terry Peterson,
Christine Bohnsack.
Back row: Omega House staff and
board members.

In November, the national We Honor Veterans (WHV) Program named Omega House the first health care organization in the Upper Peninsula to reach Level 3 status.

Omega House Vice President and WHV committee chair, Christine Bohnsack, helps lead the organization’s veteran outreach initiatives. “In meetings with VFW groups, church groups and civic organizations, we provide information about the special needs of veterans near the end of life. One out of every two dying males in our country is a veteran. We have served many veterans since we opened and I feel it is important for Omega House to be part of this national program. We take pride in our commitment to serving veterans, and we are deserving of this recognition from WHV.”

WHV team member Ray Weglarz, RN believes in the importance of this education and advocacy for veterans. “We live in an area of our state and nation with a strong history of pride in military service and in voluntary enlistment. The number of veterans per capita in the western UP is among the highest, and the distance between VA clinics and VA hospitals is among the farthest, making access to care close to home a significant issue for our area veterans.

“Through our participation in WHV we have strengthened our relationships with VA health care providers, including the Hancock VA Community Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC) staff and doctors, and the hospice and palliative care staff at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Medical Center in Iron Mountain. They have seen first hand the quality of services we provide to veterans. They have met and spoken to our staff and volunteers about their programs and services. Western UP veterans have told me they feel there is a need for another state veterans home to care for elderly, disabled and dying veterans. Jacobetti Veterans Home in Marquette is 100 miles or more from many of our area veterans. I hope that happens, but until that time it is important that veterans know we are here, willing and able to serve them.”

Dr. Larry Skendzel, Medical Director for the Jacobetti Veterans Home in Marquette, is one of the few Upper Peninsula doctors board certified in hospice and palliative care. He visited Omega House last fall and spoke privately with some of our veterans. Larry said, “Organizations like Omega House are islands of refuge. It helps make for the kind of community I want live in, and for the kind of community I hope to die in.”

Christine noted, “Sometimes a veteran is best served and understood by another veteran. To help fill this need we have developed a ‘Veteran to Veteran Volunteer Program.’ We now have seven veteran volunteers who can visit with our resident veterans. One of our veteran volunteers is a chaplain as well. I am proud that Omega House is the first organization in the entire UP to reach Level 3 in the WHV program; it shows our commitment to serving our veterans.”
A Home Away from Home for Veterans — We Honor Veterans
Arpil 15, 2013
The house has been quite busy these past months with many residents. On one occasion Omega House was home base for 3 WWII veterans at the same time who served in Europe, North Africa and state-side. We are happy to serve them, and their stories fill the house with rich real life history.

As participants in the national We Honor Veterans program, Omega House developed a Veteran to Veteran volunteer program. Six area veterans now volunteer to visit residents who are veterans. Scott Dahlstrom is one of our Veteran to Veteran Volunteers and said, “It is a wonderful experience for me, being able to share stories, veteran to veteran, about the service we have made to our country and sacrifices for freedom. These sacrifices should not be forgotten and their stories should be retold again and again,so their message of honor and love of county won’t be lost. We all need to honor these heroes and share their stories.”
Why Omega House?
April 3, 2013
Omega House offers a peaceful, homelike environment for terminally ill people and provides end-of-life care that emphasizes compassion, independence, respect and dignity. In cooperation with local hospice programs, Omega House provides residents with exceptional care and attention 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Residents and their families receive individualized care that addresses their physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social needs. Hospice caregivers help control pain and symptoms so residents can live each day more comfortably and with dignity.

Any person in a hospice program or who would qualify for hospice care is eligible to live at Omega House. Medications, supplies and equipment are usually paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Learn more...