A Social Model of care is….
A community supported home that provides 24-hour care for terminally ill individuals and their loved ones when dying at home becomes unmanageable.
This has always been the vision of what Brian’s House would be. Many members in our group know from personal experience, that having a place like this is important. Some have worked or volunteered at the former’s Brian’s House, some of us had a loved one stay at the former Brian’s House and some know how important hospice care is. That it’s not only the physical care that needs to be addressed, but also how important a supportive environment is.
A grassroots and community supported. It is a non-profit charitable organization.
The Brian’s House Community Group is a grassroots group. We grew out of a need for a place to provide quality end-of-life care when receiving care at home is not the best option for many different reasons. You have supported us since the beginning. Because of your support we are so close to meeting our mission. To open and sustain an end of life care residence.
Dedicated to the care of dying individuals and families and providing individual loving care in a home-like setting.
Brian’s House has six private bedrooms. Just as any home has, we have a kitchen, sunroom, a quiet room and dining room. This allows our guests and their loved ones to socialize as much or as little as they want. You and your loved ones will have additional support as well from our staff and volunteers. We will support you as caregivers, listeners, and a shoulder to lean on whenever you need it.
A place where care is provided in collaboration with medical hospice responsible for the case management.
Guests and families choose the agency that is right for them. They can request that their agency provide their care at Brian’s House instead of their home, hospital or nursing home. Our trained volunteers will work with your selected agency to make sure that our guests are comfortable and well cared for. Just like a family member given instructions in their private home, we will be your extended family member to help carry out those instructions as directed by your hospice agency.
A place where care is provided by paid and volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Our paid positions include a House Manager along with Nursing Assistants. We will also have specially trained volunteers to assist with care to patients and their loved ones. Our volunteers will assist with personal care such as
- bathing, dressing, toileting
- assistance with transfers and repositioning, assistance with eating
- meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping
- comfort care and symptom management
- teaching about the dying process
Not covered by Medicare, Medicare or private insurance or government funding.
Because Brian’s House does not receive reimbursements from the government (Medicare/Medicaid) or private insurance, we rely on financial support from donations,fundraising events, grants and a small room and board fee (based on a sliding scale) that are charged to our guests.
The care that is provided is in collaboration with hospice agencies. Guests that stay at a Social Model home, are already under the care of a hospice agency of their choice. The hospice agency is responsible for the medical care and the staff and volunteers carry out the plan of care and meets regularly with the hospice agency staff to ensure that the plan is being carried out.
Below is a link to an article by Karen M. Wyatt, MD about Social Model Hospice Homes.
- By Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.