What is a Community Home for the Dying?

Community homes for the dying, sometimes  called social model hospice houses, have been around for more than 25 years in our country. They are rooted in the origins of hospice – serving the dying through a community network of care. These homes are run by not-for-profit community-based collaborative organizations that partner with existing local resources.

These homes, located in our neighborhoods and part of the community we live in, focus on the unique needs of those in the last days of their life, and their families.  The desire for deep connection, meaning, and purpose are honored.  Families are supported in sitting beside their loved one, sharing their stories, and expressing their hellos and good byes. Staff and volunteers are trained specifically in end-of-life care.

Why A Community Home for the Dying?

Often a person cannot stay in their home at the end of their life. Perhaps the home is not well set up. There is no family caregiver, or they are unable to assist with the care needed. Maybe it’s too hard physically or emotionally. Or the family or individual is not comfortable with the idea of dying at home. We want to honor and respect the unique needs of both the individual and the family offering a home that specifically serves those at the end of life.

A New Way to Serve the Dying and Their Families

Friends of Hospice has been augmenting and supporting end-of-life care since 1994. Our services, and support of existing services, have expanded over the years as new needs were identified: Advance Care Planning, Music & Memory, Threshold Choir of the Palouse, Living Legacy, Massage Therapy, and Grief Support groups. We have in place many services that augment a community home for the dying project.

Now we have a house! Friends of Hospice has purchased a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home at 1125 SE Sandalwood Drive in Pullman, Washington. We are filled with gratitude for the financial contributions over the years that have made this dream a reality.

Our goal is to make Serenity House an integral part of end-of-life care on the Palouse. This home does not replace any services currently offered in the area. Our home will fill a gap in services and we pledge the following for the dear souls who will live with us for a short while:

  • A place of welcome and support in the last days of life, with a gentle, guiding hand for the individual and their family to reach out for reassurance and comfort.
  • Loving support and assistance with daily needs, meals, and 24-hour wake staff in a warm, inviting home setting by dedicated, caring staff and gifted volunteers who become an extension of the family.
  • The licensed hospice agency provides all the Medicare hospice benefits and medical treatment, just like they do for any hospice patient, including symptom and pain management.
  • Admission requires the person to be enrolled in hospice, remain on hospice, and be in the last month of life.

 

 

What Next?

Our advisory committees are working with us on short-term house renovations, long-term renovations,furnishings, operations, staffing,public relations and fundraising. We don’t have a time frame for opening yet, but will post updates here on our website.

Check back for the latest news!