Editor’s note: The Compassionate Care Home opened with much fanfare in 2008. Now it is closing. Some background also is here (see page 6). Our local newspaper needs to “dig deeper.” Here’s the press release:
“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.”