Hospice of the Foothills closes compassionate care home — after opening with fanfare in 2008.

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.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

4 thoughts on “Hospice of the Foothills closes compassionate care home — after opening with fanfare in 2008.”

  1. The Union should “dig deeper,” focusing on the debt from this project, service of debt, management, cash flow, etc. I’ll be it doesn’t, though. Too sensitive for Jim Hemig and Brian Hamilton.

    Meanwhile, how are things going over at the CORR building?
    That project also has some debt to be serviced.

    And it should be a “cautionary tale” for the proposed Dorsey Marketplace.

    It’s one thing to “build ’em”; it’s another to sustain ’em.

    The backdrop of all this: We are a declining aging population with a high ratio of nonprofits to “service.”

  2. This facility was doomed from the start. It offered a beautiful, “Solent Green” type place for people to spend their final days and moments. However, that came at a price – a very high price indeed. When we looked into having my Dad stay there, the costs were astronomical! Yes, they did provide a service of six respite days for people caring for their loved one, but beyond that it was almost impossible for anyone to afford to stay there. I applaud the many volunteers of hospice, as you are their unpaid heroes. Given what the other part of hospice charges for their services, I’m truly appalled. We moved my Dad to assistant living care that cost about $5000/month. The hospice nurse showed up for about an hour a few times a week while he was there. When we received the Medicare statement, it turned out that Hospice charged Medicare even more than that!!! I called Medicare to complain, but they said they didn’t have the resources to look into it. This is why I no longer donate to Hospice of the Foothills,

  3. Shannon and I are so grateful for Hospice of the Foothills, and the amazing caregivers, for helping us care for my mom at our home. But I wonder if the Compassionate Care Home received a rigorous enough analysis: managing the costs of the project and then figuring out how to pay for it. It would be a good exercise for a serious journalist. And it ought to be a cautionary tale for the CORR facility in GV, and any big project for that matter (including the proposed Dorsey Marketplace). Building it is one thing, paying for it is another. We are a declining population in our community, yet we keep building things on the hope that this will somehow change.

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