If a person’s symptoms require 24-hour professional nursing care, the end-of-life center can provide intensive care in a setting that is more appropriate than a hospital. Day and night, family members and friends of all ages are welcome while the patient receives around-the-clock clinical care. The center also provides dedicated spaces for quiet contemplation or prayer and amenities that can accommodate multiple generations, such as family rooms, kitchens and children’s play areas. The environment is state-of-the-art, warm and comforting. Hospice staff are there to offer the highest quality care and a listening ear, and family members can be ever-present and able to reheat a home-cooked meal or enjoy simple a cup of coffee with new friends and old.
Many people on hospice have a limited number of caregivers at home. Others have no one able to take on the significant work of a caregiver. The personal care needs of the patient can overwhelm even the most committed caregivers. Residential hospice provides dying individuals and families an alternative — a place where all individuals can die with dignity surrounded by loved ones in a home-like setting.
As a person’s illness progresses, caregiving can become a demanding 24/7 job. Respite care involves a short-term transfer of the patient to the end-of-life center providing caregivers the opportunity to take care of their own essential needs. This respite offers a much-needed break for caregivers, so they can continue providing quality care at home.