Yakima facility offers end of life comfort for Hospice patients

By Julia Hart – Daily Sun News

Carol Louden of Yakima became aware of a need for a quality hospice care facility when her son-in-law was suffering from a terminal disease.

The need to have a place where caregivers can feel comfortable giving over the care of their family members for a few days led her to volunteer to be a member of the Yakima Memorial Foundation’s drive to create Cottage in the Meadow, a full-care hospice facility for individuals facing terminal diseases.

Two years ago Cottage in the Meadow opened with 12 beds for hospice patients, Louden told the members of the Nouvella Club, which met yesterday (Thursday) at Sunnyside’s Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant.

The facility, located on Tieton Drive in Yakima, is only one of two such facilities in the Central Washington, said Dottie Hildebrand, development coordinator for the facility program.

It currently has contracts with hospice agencies in Yakima and Kittitas counties. The Lower Valley’s Heartlinks program is one of the agencies with a contract with the Cottage, Hildebrand said.

In addition to offering end of life hospice care, the facility’s medical staff is available 24/7 to help individuals manage their medications and to provide respite care for family caregivers.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is hospice?

Hospice is a program of care and support for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness. Hospice helps terminally ill people live their best lives, as comfortably as possible. The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness.

Where is hospice?

Hospice is not a place or a location; it’s a healthcare option. The best “place” for hospice is the place that the patient calls “home.” Care can be delivered in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living and retirement communities and in hospitals.

What’s the Cottage in the Meadow?

Cottage in the Meadow is a wonderful, Medicare-approved hospice-care facility that addresses particular needs for the hospice patient. It is not where a hospice patient typically moves to once admitted to hospice (because the best place for hospice is the place the patient calls “home”).

Hospice patients are usually admitted to the Cottage for one of these reasons:

  1. Symptom Management
    The patient’s symptoms can’t be managed well at home and the patient needs to be admitted to this hospice-care facility until symptoms are managed.
  2. Respite
    You can receive respite care if your usual caregiver (such as a family member) needs a rest. You can stay up to 5 days each time you receive respite care.

For more information about Memorial’s Home Care Services please visit yakimahomehealthhospice.org/index.asp or call 574-3600.

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