What is a hospice house?
A hospice house is a peaceful home-like residence where terminally ill people receive short term hospice care. The patients are limited to hospice patients – either those who are newly entering hospice care or are already established hospice patients. The hospice house will be staffed by skilled hospice nurses, aides, and a physician or nurse practitioner. Each hospice patient will have a comfortable, private bedroom so their loved ones can remain at the bedside around the clock when time is precious. The setting is very quiet, homey, and tranquil – unlike a hospital or nursing home. There will be 7-8 bedrooms at Sojourn Center. A typical stay is 3 -7 days. Like other hospice houses, our community’s house will have lovely pastoral landscaping to ensure peace and privacy both inside and outside the house. A woodland walking path for loved ones to find solace in nature, a meditation garden, and outside private sitting areas for patients and their family are typical outdoor features.
When would people use Sojourn Center Hospice House?
- For intensive management of uncontrolled pain or other discomfort that did not respond to home hospice interventions.
- Their home caregiver is temporarily not available due to surgery, illness, or injury
- Caregiver becomes too frail, exhausted or unwell to continue care in their home
- Their care needs are too complicated for the staff at their residential setting
- The hospice patient is lingering in the hospital because their skilled care needs are too complex to go directly home
- The family or patient prefers that death occur in a setting other than their home (e.g., there is an emotionally fragile household member, or the elderly spouse is exhausted, or it is a very young family with lots of commotion or a family that prefers the death not to occur in the home)
When you support the mission of Sojourn Center, you help give terminally ill people and their families the opportunity to experience end-of-life care in a peaceful, meaningful way without discomfort. Through your support, you can honor the memory of your loved ones while helping others.
The moral test of a society is how that society treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. – B