New City, NY— United Hospice of Rockland’s (UHR) Executive Director Amy Stern has announced that construction of the Joe Raso Hospice Residence (JRHR) is nearing completion. She said that she anticipates that the residence will be open in early March.
Stern said, “The Joe Raso Hospice Residence will be available for our seriously ill loved ones, friends and neighbors who live alone with no support system in place to complement UHR’s program of care, for those who live with an elderly or infirm partner whose own condition prevents them from being able to provide adequate care or support, for those who come from institutional settings or return from having spent time outside the community, and for those who have no home to which they can return or have families who are fearful of caring for their loved ones at home during their final phases of life.”
Before the JRHR, some hospice patients who could not be cared for in their homes have lived (and died) in nursing homes, while others found they had to leave the area-and their family, health care providers, clergy, neighbors, and friends-to enter a residential facility outside of Rockland County. The Joe Raso Hospice Home will provide a residence for these individuals and others who will benefit from United Hospice of Rockland’s care and services in a home-like setting.
“Very shortly, United Hospice of Rockland’s Joe Raso Hospice Residence will be able to offer individuals facing advanced illness a beautiful home-like environment in which they will receive the highest quality of care available. As they and their family members enter the doors of the Joe Raso Hospice Residence, they will know that when time matters most, they came to the right place. We are so very grateful to everyone who has contributed time, talent and financial support to make this project possible. The completion of this project will help us to close a gap in the continuum of care that has existed for far too long.”
The Joseph Raso Hospice Home will offer a residential environment, together with the full complement of UHR’s comfort-oriented care and services including expert pain and symptom management, nursing care, assistance with the tasks of daily living (feeding, bathing, etc.), visits by volunteers, spiritual and psycho-social counseling for patients and their loved ones, and bereavement counseling and support groups for surviving family members.