The Rogue Valley To Get Its First Residential Care Facility For End of Life Hospice Care

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At 10 a.m. on June 1, 2017, Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice (SOFOH) will break ground to add a new wing on to Holmes Park House, located at 217 S. Modoc Avenue in Medford. When construction is completed, Holmes Park House will become a 12-bed, stand alone-residential care facility dedicated to hospice and comfort care.

Community partnerships and grants helped SOFOH raise $2 million to purchase the 1939 historic house. It was originally built for Harry Holmes, one of the founders of Harry & David.

According to Carolyn Johnson, RN, president of SOFOH and one of its 2009 founding members, “Our mission has always been to collaborate with the community to raise awareness of and provide support for end-of-life care programs. The medical plan of care and supervision will be directed by the area’s hospice providers, (Asante, Providence and Signature Hospices) nurses, social workers, chaplains and each person’s personal physician.”

Johnson, the former hospice nursing director at Ashland Community Hospital (now Asante Community Hospital) explained, “The opportunity to provide a beautiful and supportive place where healing and hope happens is what motivates our incredibly dedicated donors, leaders, volunteers and staff.”

“Many terminally ill patients would prefer to avoid institutions and hospitals in their final days, but can’t afford around the clock home nursing. Or they live alone and are unable to remain in their homes for care,” said SOFOH executive director Susan Hearn. She added, “Holmes Park House will be the only stand-alone residential care facility in Southern Oregon dedicated solely to hospice and palliative care. We will provide care 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.”

Holmes Park House Staffing

Staffing at Holmes Park House will include an administrator, full time and on-call registered nurse, 4 to 1 caregiver/patient ratio by hospice trained certified nursing assistants, around the clock. Additional staff includes a cook, housekeeper groundskeeper and volunteer support in all areas including residence bed-side presence, cooking, hosting and gardening.

Six Beds Will Be Subsidized

Fees for six of the 12 the beds in the facility will be subsidized by diverse strategies that include bed lease agreements by hospitals, Medicaid/Care Oregon reimbursement, charity care and earned income from SOFOH’s Hospice Unique Boutique store in Ashland.

Six Beds Will Be Private Pay

Four of the rooms in the main part of the house will be priced at $280 per day, or $6500 per month. Two premium rooms will be $350 per day, or $8000 per month. An average stay is expected to be 14 days. “Our prices are well below those of round the clock private nursing care at someone’s home and many of the higher end long term care options” Hearn said.

Rooms and Uses

The Holmes Park House will provide large, homelike rooms with access to the outdoors designed to be comfortable for family and friends to gather.

The garden wing eight-bed addition will offer private rooms with either patios or small balconies, a nurses station, private sitting room and kitchenette. The original house has four beds, a reception, office for visiting hospice providers and Holmes Park House staff, and living room for family gatherings, small memorials, and other gatherings. Community rooms will include a sanctuary library, sunroom, family kitchenette, dining room and kitchen.

Phase 2 Funding Raising Goal: $2MM

Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice will soon open it capital campaign fund raising to the public in order to raise the remaining $2MM of its $4MM project. Too view photographs of the Holmes Park House and renderings of the expansion, please visit: http://sofriendsofhospice.org/see-the-house-and-remodel-plans/

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