On Monday, the Caring House delegation visited the recently-opened Our Community House of Hope (OCHH) — the end-of-life care home in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County. Much like Caring House, a group of volunteers had worked for five+ years to develop this home for its community. The lovely OCHH home has four private rooms, two bathrooms, […]
Why Caring House?
Answer: In October 2010, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) issued its report titled “NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America”. The report includes data through 2009. Focusing on where hospice patients were residing at their times of death, NHPCO reports that 40.1% were at home in 2009 (compared to 40.7% in […]
Question: Four years ago, when my Dad was dying, my Mom and I were able to keep him at home until the end. We couldn’t afford to hire caregivers, but had help from the hospice workers several hours a week. The last two months were especially tough. It was an exhausting time – but I’m […]
Answer: Well, many people are doing exactly that. Our experience, however, has been that nursing homes are far less than ideal places to receive end-of-life care. The professional literature confirms our experience.