Being at home in familiar surroundings and close to family and friends is the first choice of most people. But for patients whose symptoms are unable to be managed at home, Tidewell provides hospice inpatient care at its Hospice Houses. At each House, professional staff is available 24/7 and a physician specializing in symptom control visits daily. Together they develop a treatment plan that enables patients to return home and the most important things in their lives.

A Home-like Environment

There is beauty all around every Tidewell Hospice House. Every spacious patient room has French doors leading to a private lanai and lots of natural light. There is room for photographs of family on the dresser, with comfortable overstuffed chairs placed in cozy corners and pretty linens on the beds.

Living rooms offer a place for patients and families to enjoy music, TV and conversation. Gardens provide a simple pleasure and sanctuary from a hectic world.

Tidewell’s Hospice Houses also offer a variety of care options. Patients in need of continuous symptom control can be admitted to a hospice house for around-the-clock care while their condition is stabilized. When those symptoms are brought under control and patients and their family members feel comfortable making the transition, they can return to where most patients really want to be — their own home.

There are other facets of care available at the hospice houses, as well. As hands-on facilities with staff specializing in end-of-life care, they sometimes serve as a bridge between the hospital and patients’ own homes. Family members can become comfortable performing the skills needed to care for their loved one at home. Hospice Houses can be a place for a temporary stay for the control of distressing symptoms or it can be a place where patients come while their caregivers get a well-earned, much-needed period of respite. Each situation is assessed individually to determine the appropriate level of care.

With staff and volunteers who have chosen hospice care as their life’s work, and who understand that those things that enriched patients’ lives prior to their diagnoses continue to enrich them today, hospice houses are places that enable patients to live and accept life’s end in peace and dignity.

Each hospice house also has an adjacent staff center with space to host meetings, events and a wide variety of bereavement support groups that are free and open to the public.

Hospice is not a building: it is a philosophy of caring that is built on the cornerstone of patient choice.