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credit: Tim Park Photography


“I am truly honored to announce and present you with our plans for a new home for hospice… It is a place where families can be together and focus on one another without the extra responsibility for the personal care of their loved one.
Let’s build it together!

Eric Alexander, PIC President & CEO

We invite you to read Eric’s full letter here

 
(credit: JBattleson | Design)

The new Hospice House at Partners In Care was designed to connect the natural elements of the outdoors with the comforts of home. Landscape features native plants and ornamental grasses to provide both visual interest and soothing sounds as the leaves flutter and rustle in the breeze. Families can gather in beautiful common areas, sit beside the reflection pool, enjoy the outdoor gardens and place spaces, and spend time in the Pet Park where the family dog can relax off-leash.


 

Imagine This!

Modern design with open floor plan, gardens, patio, walking paths, and natural play area with “birds nest” swing

Fireplace in the center of the Great Room

Activity room for watching TV, playing games, reading, and visiting

Abundant natural light with large windows that open to bring in fresh air

Twelve spacious patient suites with private bathrooms and roll-in showers

Extra-large, fully adjustable beds with handmade quilts

Fresh flower bouquets created by The Bloom Project at Touchmark

Full-service commercial kitchen

Pet-friendly environment with dedicated Pet Park

Musical instruments available including a guitar, electric piano, and Reverie lap harp

Wi-Fi Internet Access and Smart TVs for Facetime and Video Conferencing

(credit: ALSC for the renderings/illustrations)

Team
DKA Architecture & Design :: ALSC Architects
JBattleson | Design :: SunWest Builders

Description of our new Hospice House

The new Hospice House was designed with one mandate: to reinforce and preserve the dignity of the people using hospice care as they complete their lives. It will feature 12 suites, all with abundant natural light. Families will be able to comfortably spend the night, gather in beautiful common areas, or escape to more private nooks to read or visit. Additionally, they may receive counseling or reflect in the chapel, enjoy the outdoor garden and play spaces, and even spend time in the Pet Park where the family dog can relax off-leash.

Curved corridors are designed to resemble a street with spots to view the scenery. A unique feature is the “journey wall” that extends from the end of the patient care wing through the great room and ends at the chapel.

A lantern tucked into an alcove niche at the entrance to each room welcomes the visitor. Each room is named for a unique feature of our Central Oregon landscape, with the artwork of that river, peak, or canyon on the walls of the room. Quilts made by local quilters, including the Mt. Bachelor Quilters Guild, provide a home-like welcome. A large smart-TV allows for both entertainment and communication, while a small refrigerator enables family members to store perishables. Even the oxygen and suction equipment is hidden within the walls making for a quieter and less clinical experience when oxygen support is needed. Fresh flower bouquets are placed in each room and common areas by The Bloom Project at Touchmark to bring beauty and joy to people’s lives at a tender time.

Food for patients and family members will be prepared in a commercial kitchen with a pass-through feature for easy serving. Visitors will also appreciate being able to bring their own food and beverages into Hospice House. At Hospice House, the coffee pot is always on, and soup and freshly baked cookies are standard. These amenities are all part of the hospice philosophy of care. At Hospice House, families can set aside their role as caregivers to be fully present as family members.

Holding vigil for a loved one is accomplished in many ways, including inside the beautiful chapel designed to welcome people of all beliefs. A wall with points of light help the visitor recall the beautiful moments in the life of a loved one. A crystal singing bowl produces a b-flat note when struck with a mallet—a tone that is said to penetrate deeply into the soul, move through the heart and out through the crown. Finally, you can “carry the light” for your loved one with an LED votive candle bearing their name. Just outside the chapel is a polished basalt water feature with an infinity edge, surrounded by a “wispy garden” and more mature layered plantings to provide a sense of privacy and reflection.

The landscape design features native plant material and ornamental grasses such as Indian Ricegrass. Deciduous trees are planned, including the columnar Swedish Aspen that provides both visual interest and a soothing sound as the leaves flutter and rustle in the breeze. The Red Twig Dogwood shrub remains red in the winter to provide additional interest. 

About Hospice Care and Hospice House

Hospice care is specialized healthcare for terminally ill patients that focuses on the person rather than the disease. The goal of hospice is to ease a patient’s pain so they may live the rest of their life in comfort.

Comfort is a word that takes on a more significant meaning within the context of end-of-life issues. It addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the individual, as well as their family and support system, to ensure the best possible quality of life for all parties.

When most people hear the word hospice, they think about death, and a kind of care only provided at the very end of life. Their thoughts may go to the exhaustion of life-preserving options, or they may feel a sense of hopelessness. However, hospice is different. The focus of hospice is on maintaining a person’s dignity by addressing their comfort and quality of life. Death is a difficult concept for most people. We know that it is inevitable, but we may not have allowed ourselves to explore our own end-of-life wishes. Therefore, expertise provided by an interdisciplinary team is essential in ensuring that needs are met, and that a continuum of care leading up to hospice is also present.

Most hospice care is provided in the patient’s home or a care facility. Whatever the setting, the patient receives care from a team led by a case manager, who is a registered nurse. The team provides skilled nursing care, personal care, spiritual support, social services, and additional assistance from volunteers. The needs and wishes of the patient and their family are the team’s primary focus. The patient’s plan of care is designed to accomplish this.

Hospice House provides general inpatient (GIP) care when symptoms such as pain cannot be managed through home hospice care. GIP care is comprehensive medical care overseen by physicians. It is not curative care. Instead of calling 911 or rushing to an emergency room, the patient is transported to Hospice House for a short-term stay. Approximately 28 percent of patients will be discharged back to their home within five days, while roughly 72 percent will die at Hospice House, where they and their loved ones have received the best possible care 24/7.

Hospice House also provides less intensive routine and respite care for a short duration to give family caregivers a break from the stress of tending to the complex needs of their loved one, or to provide an in-between place before transitioning from hospital to home or nursing facility.

In 2003, Hospice House opened with six private rooms, a family room, dining room, chapel, and sunroom. The building also accommodated administrative offices. In 2009, the two leading hospice and home health organizations in Central Oregon merged and became known as Partners In Care. Despite a deep economic recession, the organization emerged as an even more robust end-of-life care provider in the region.

Partners In Care estimates its market share at over 60 percent. It operates as the only non-hospital based, independent, nonprofit hospice and home health organization in a 10,000-square-mile region of Central Oregon. Hospice House is one of only three such inpatient facilities in Oregon and is the only one east of the Cascades.

 
 

Join the Capital Campaign!

We invite you to be a part of the future and help us build this exceptional new Hospice House. We welcome gifts of all sizes, whether you are a donor interested in naming opportunities or someone who wants to make a smaller gift as a memorial to a loved one.

To discuss your gift, call (541) 706-1335 or email NewHospiceHouse@partnersbend.org.

Ready to give right now?

Opportunities for Gift Designations

  • Private Patient Suite
  • Chapel, Kitchen, Nurses Station, Patio/Deck, or Activity Room
  • Offices, Conference Rooms, Spa Room, Gratitude Garden
  • Kitchen and Laundry Equipment, Furniture, Artwork
  • Lantern element at each patient room door
  • Candle wall in chapel and water feature outside
  • Bicycle stand
  • Birds nest swing
  • Light sconces on journey wall and corridors
  • Chandelier over dining table
  • Custom hand hewn “farmhouse” table in dining room
  • Lounge sleeper for each patient room
  • Blanket warmer
  • Mini refrigerator units for each patient room

Donor Recognition

All  gifts will be recognized according to the donor’s wishes in one of several ways:

  • On-site donor recognition via a touch screen monitor at the front entrance.
  • Recognition via publications, digital and social media, and presentations.
  • Recognition at the location of named spaces within the inpatient unit.
  • Recognition of $1,000+ gifts in the Gratitude Garden.

Levels and Categories for Donor Recognition

Heart of Gold Club: Cumulative Lifetime Giving of $1 million or more

Building with Vision :: $500K to $999K

Building with Compassion :: $100K to $499K

Building with Dignity :: $50K to $99K

Building with Respect :: $25K to $49K

Building with Courage :: $5K to $24K

Building with Confidence :: $1K to $4K

Building with Kindness :: $1 to $999

Thank you for helping build
a new home for hospice!

Ready to give right now?

 
 

A 2020 Bonus for Taxpayers During the COVID-19 Crisis

The CARES Act, signed into law in March 2020, provided some help in the area of donations:

Taxpayers who itemize deductions can now give up to 100 percent of their AGI (adjusted gross income) and receive a tax deduction in the 2020 tax year. That lifts the cap from 60% to 100%.

Taxpayers who do not itemize can now give up to $300 and receive an above-the-line charitable tax deduction.

The required minimum distribution from an individual’s retirement account has been temporarily suspended for the 2020 tax year. This may be of interest to qualified donors considering a direct distribution from their IRA to Partners In Care.

As always, it is a good idea to consult with your tax advisor on the best way to maximize your charitable giving.