What will Sojourn Center Hospice House be like?
Often those with a life-limiting illness need more care than can be offered at home but they do not wish to be hospitalized. A hospice house (sometimes called a hospice inpatient facility) can provide skilled, compassionate medical care by medical experts in a home-like environment.
- The hospice house will have a homelike interior designed to provide 24-hour hospice care to patients. Sojourn Center will be built to accommodate six to ten patients and offer comfortable space for family members and friends to spend as much time as they wish with loved ones.
- A brief stay in a hospice house, usually one to two weeks, can help patients stabilize and return home with a plan of care that promotes their comfort and safety.
- Only hospice certified patients can be admitted to a hospice care facility such as Sojourn Center.
- Sojourn Center will provide 3 levels of hospice care:
- General Inpatient Care (hospital level acute care) is provided if the patient’s symptoms cannot be managed at home.
- Inpatient Respite Care provides temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver that can be provided in a hospice facility, hospital or a long term care facility for a maximum of 5 consecutive days.
- Routine Hospice Care (residential care) is the most common level of hospice care and is generally provided in a patient’s home, but can be provided at Sojourn Center.
- Sojourn Center will provide the compassionate end-of-life care that terminally ill patients often cannot receive at home, in a hospital, or in a nursing home.
- Sojourn Center will be a medical facility with a home-like atmosphere that provides private bedrooms for patients as well as living rooms, dining rooms, meeting rooms, and outdoor spaces and trails for family and loved ones.
- Visitation will be encouraged at Sojourn Center around the clock, seven days a week, including children and often, pets.
- Sojourn Center will provide patients with around-the-clock nursing care with individualized care plans, immediate relief from pain and suffering, daily visits by your hospice provider and family support services.
- Directly from the hospital with symptoms or medical conditions that are too difficult or too complicated to manage at home.
- For relief of uncontrolled pain and other symptom management.
- For a home-like alternative for patients unable to return home.
- For respite care when the patient’s primary caregiver is unable or unavailable to continue care.
- To have a residential setting for dying when the family or patient prefers the death not to occur at home.
- When patients do not want to die in a hospital, nursing home or assisted living setting.
- When the family is too anxious to provide hospice care at home and would prefer expert end-of-life inpatient services.
Why do we need Sojourn Center?
- In the New River and Roanoke Valleys, when hospice care cannot be managed at home, the patient must choose between admission to a hospital and a nursing home, because currently, there are no hospice houses in the region.
- Hospitals and nursing homes emphasize treatments and aggressive interventions and are not designed or adequately staffed to provide the specialized end-of-life care that ensures comfort and dignity.
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.
This we wish for you above all else; comfort for you pain, respite from your sorrow, memory unyoked from regret, and peace for today and all your days.