Comforts of Home
Thanks to the generous contribution of a long-time donor, renovations are underway at Emanate Health Hospice to help enable staff members to care for patients in a space that feels warm and comforting.
“The staff members are so loving and thoughtful to both the patients and their loved ones.” – a hospice benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous
“The hospice staff feel valued and appreciated. We are very appreciative of the commitment to the hospice team to provide a more comforting and modern environment. Thank you to all those who have been a part of this project." – Gilda Dominguez, MS, CCC-SLP, CSSGB, Director of Hospice
Emanate Health Hospice is a unique place that provides an invaluable service to patients and families during their darkest hours. With usually only about a week to care for each patient and give solace to a family saying final goodbyes, every detail — both big and small — matters. And caring for patients in a space that feels warm and comforting becomes especially important.
Thanks to the generous contribution of a long-time donor, the renovations underway at Emanate Health Hospice building are enabling staff members to do just that. Upgrades that include fresh flooring and paint, a new meditation garden, a repaved parking lot and a new front entrance update will all create a warmer, more modern environment for patients and families. In addition, finer touches such as installation of frosted glass in key areas add privacy where it’s needed most.
JEWEL OF THE COMMUNITY
As one of the few freestanding hospices on the West Coast, Emanate Health Hospice is a jewel of the San Gabriel Valley. Recognized with a four-star rating by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), the hospice provides a continuum of care for its patients that includes symptom control and short-term crisis management, as well as family respite care, providing a higher overall quality of service to both patients and families.
“We provide physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support for patients and their families while in our hospice care,” explained Gilda Dominguez, MS, CCC-SLP, CSSGB, Director of Hospice. “The hospice environment provides round-the-clock care in a clean, comfortable, peaceful and private space with family visitation. We want it to feel like a home.”
It is clear this is their mission and purpose. According to the hospice benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, “The staff members are so loving and thoughtful to both the patients and their loved ones.”
For example, when the donor’s sibling received care at Emanate Health Hospice, they happened to share their Native American heritage with the Hospice Chaplain. Taking the detail to heart, the Chaplain thoughtfully gifted them a set of objects traditionally used by Native Americans to honor a loved one in their final days. This is a true testament to the exceptional care provided by hospice staff.
The positive response to the renovation was built into the planning. The areas chosen for upgrades were carefully identified based on feedback from those who are most familiar with the space — hospice staff members. The staff were involved from the beginning of the planning phases. As a result, Gilda shared that “the hospice staff feel valued and appreciated.
“We are very appreciative of the commitment to the hospice team to provide a more comforting and modern environment,” she went on to say. “Thank you to all of those who have been a part of this project.”
MAKING AN IMPACT
Your donation can make a significant impact on the lives of Emanate Health patients, families and staff. To learn more about how you can make a difference, visit emanatehealth.org/foundation.