Homestead Hospice House is a residential hospice located in Owatonna that provides personalized care in a welcoming home environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Eight private patient rooms and generous community areas are specifically designed for the needs of patients and caregivers.
Homestead means "a dwelling place; the place where one resides and lives; a restful and safe place; a sacred refuge; a place familiar and comfortable."
The name was suggested by hospice volunteer, Susan Earlywine.
This four-minute video introduces the people and place that provide comfort to those in their final stages in their life journeys. Family members share how Homestead Hospice House staff made a difference during such a delicate time, becoming much more than medical professionals.
[MUSIC PLAYING] On the outskirts of Owatonna, under a glorious, old windmill, sits a special place of comfort for people in the final stages of their life journeys. This is a big deal. The Homestead House is a home where terminally ill people and their families find comfort and reassurance at perhaps the most important time in their lives. You know, we're all going to face, someday, that day. And we want people to live until they die. And that's what the staff of the Homestead House specializes in-- helping patients live out their final days in happiness, comfort, dignity, and peace. Takes the fear out of dying. Takes the panic away from dying. You get used to the idea that this is normal. Since opening in 2004, the highly trained staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, licensed social workers, physical therapists, and chaplain have worked in concert to oversee the care of hundreds of patients, recognizing that each patient is unique with specific wants and needs. They're accepted for who they are, and there are no expectations. Staffed 24 hours a day, the Homestead House has eight private rooms, a full kitchen serving hot meals and snacks, a heavenly whirlpool tub, and plenty of space for patients to get away if they choose. We have benches you could sit on and just listen to the birds and be in the outdoors. It's peace. It's exactly what that is. And the staff knows peace comes in many forms. Our goal is to make sure that they stay comfortable. So we manage their pain, anxiety, nausea. It's a very caring place with many happy moments. Those happy moments are fostered by the staff's hospitality and empathy towards the families trying to enjoy the time they have left with their loved ones. Families do bring in food, do bring in meals. Our conference room downstairs has been used for many large family gatherings here. They use the elevator to take their family member downstairs and have birthday parties, Christmas, Thanksgiving. It's not hard to find family members willing to speak about the difference the staff of Homestead House made at such a delicate time, becoming so much more than qualified professionals. They've made us so much more comfortable being here with people who really cared what happened to your mom. Patients' room and board fees provides the unique atmosphere and limitless comfort. And for those patients who meet certain criteria, there's a private and community-supported patient care fund in place for financial assistance. We would like to see the rooms occupied all the time. That's why we're here. They get excellent care. It's the simple mission of the Homestead House to celebrate life journeys with proper dignity and respect, while making memories that will comfort the families left behind for years to come. You matter till the end of your life. We are here to help you to die peacefully, but also to live fully until you die. [MUSIC PLAYING]
You can donate to the Allina Health Home Care Services patient care fund or Homestead Hospice House through a variety of ways including:
Funds raised in Owatonna and surrounding service area stay in the community. For more information on how you can support, please call 507-446-0936.
2350 NW 26th St
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