Sonoma County Hospice House Project
Organized by: Pam Lee, Nathaniel Vose and Christina Urso
- Hospice is a ancient tradition that dates back thousands of years. Unfortunately, in this day and age, hospice care has become highly medicalized and corporately driven, therein, losing much of its essential purpose and meaning. There is a movement across the country to reclaim hospice care, bring it back to its roots, and ground it in the context of local community. It is called the Social Hospice Movement. A handful of homes exist throughout the United States that are successfully providing dignity, peace, and comfort for people at the end of life as well as education, support, and resources to their families and community. The Sonoma County Hospice House project (SCHHP) is a part of this movement.
- Currently, there are no residential homes dedicated to hospice care north of San Francisco. One of the gaps in mainstream hospice care is that it does not provide the day to day caregiving needed as a person nears death. A gap in resources in our community exists when a person with a terminal diagnosis has no loved ones available to provide care, or lacks the resources to pay for caregiving, which would enable them to stay in their homes until their passing. This gap is even greater for people under the age of 60. SCHHP focuses on providing a mindful, healing environment for people with a life expectancy of 3 months or less. This includes a warm bed, healthy food, life enrichment, and compassionate care to people at the end of life (as well as their families). Additionally, SCHHP plans to offer community-based complimentary therapy, counseling, education and events to residents, their families, and community members through our on-site re-Source center.
- Our six-bed private home in Sonoma County will be in a natural setting, supporting our residents connection with the natural rhythms of nature and life. SCHHP will be complete with all the comforts of home and include specially trained companions for those entering their last months of life. Families will have the ability to stay with their loved ones in the last days and hours of life, enabling death to be part of a personal story rather than a medical event. SCHHP is NOT a Medicare facility. This gives our home greater flexibility in terms of lengths of stay, admission criteria, and services provided.
- SCHHP will be supported financially through private payments, grants, donations, and multiple streams of income provided through our re-Source center. Our initial funding plan includes raising $15,000 in seed money to develop administrative processes, educate the community, and create fundraising events to then begin raising funds to cover start up costs for opening the home. As we work to complete our 501c3 status, SCHHP is an affiliate of Sebastopol-based 501c3, non-profit, Final Passages.
- Our core group is comprised of health care professionals with decades of professional hospice experience serving side by side with terminally ill individuals in our community and their families. We also have expertise in starting and maintaining non-profits for the benefit of local community.
- Please join us in not only transforming the way hospice care is provided in our country but in transforming the way we understand and relate to death and dying in our society today. We believe that through this transformation, we all can help foster a life-sustaining society in this present moment as well as for the future generations to come. Thank you for your support!
- If you'd like to send a donation directly to support this cause, you can send a donation in the form of a personal check to: Nathaniel Vose, 440 Ragle rd., Sebastopol, CA 95472.