Compassionate Care Home

Hospice of the Foothills Closes Inpatient Facility

Press Release:  12/11/15

Hospice of the Foothills will be closing the Compassionate Care Home, a 12-bed hospice inpatient facility built with the generous donations of our community, effective January 1, 2016. Hospice of the Foothills will continue to provide all programs and services associated with patient care and family support where the patient lives; whether in their home, assisted living facility, or skilled nursing facility. “It’s been an extremely difficult decision to come to,” said Carolynn Peterson, Hospice of the Foothills’ Executive Director.  “The home has been operating at a loss for over 5 years, and we can no longer sustain the expense of operations, including around-the-clock staffing of the Compassionate Care Home.  In order to preserve the viability of our core services, which is hospice care for patients and families in their homes, it was the only decision the Board of Directors could make,” continued Peterson.  “We are extremely proud of the comfort and care we have been able to provide to the more than 500 patients and their families during the time the Compassionate Care Home has been open. I want the community to know, Hospice of the Foothills will continue to provide the same quality end-of-life care we have provided for over 36 years.”

Hospice of the Foothills will maintain ownership of the Compassionate Care Home. Negotiations are currently underway to lease the inpatient facility portion of the building to a third party.  “The home was conceptualized and built based on demographics and incoming retiree projections from 10+ years ago,” said Peterson.  “The financial crisis of 2008 changed all of that by delaying or altering retirement plans for many people.  We anticipate this area will support a hospice inpatient facility in the future, and we plan to have the Compassionate Care Home ready when it is needed,” she added.

Nonprofit hospice organizations across the country, with and without hospice inpatient facilities, have been facing similar challenges and many have been forced to cease operation. There is a significant gap between the actual cost of caring for patients and the reimbursement paid by Medicare, Medi-Cal or private insurance programs.  “Care in a hospice program is complicated,” said Peterson.  “Quality hospice care includes an interdisciplinary team of licensed healthcare professionals administering to the patient and their family’s needs. Hospice provides all medications related to the terminal diagnosis and hospital equipment necessary to care for patients’ needs and goals of care.”  She continued, “Grief support services are also offered for 13 months following the death of a loved one.  For Hospice of the Foothills, donations and gifts help bridge the growing gap between reimbursements and cost of care. Supporting Hospice of the Foothills now is the best way to ensure exemplary hospice care will be there for all of us when needed, and end-of-life issues will surely touch each and every one of us at some time or another”, she concluded.

There are many ways of offering support to Hospice of the Foothills. To make a donation online, visit the website at www.hofo.org, or call 530.272.5739 to inquire about other giving opportunities such as planned gifts or stock donations.  Inscribing a name or message on a Pave the Way Brick lining the walkways of the hospice facility, or engraving a name on a copper leaf placed on the Memorial Wall, are wonderful ways to remember a loved one as well.

Hospice of the Foothills is a 501(c) (3) non-profit community-supported healthcare organization that has provided end-of-life hospice and palliative care to more than 15,000 patients and their families in western Placer and Nevada Counties for over 36 years. Hospice of the Foothills in not affiliated with any other healthcare organization and depends on the community for support of the programs and services patients and families need and deserve.  For questions or more information about programs and services call 530-272-5739.

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