Celebrating life: Allina Health’s Homestead Hospice House embodies a holistic and compassionate approach to end-of-life care

[Faribault Daily News, July 06, 2022]

The last days and months of one’s life spent in hospice care tend to be filled with sacred moments with loved ones, final goodbyes and heartfelt life reflections. Allina Health’s Homestead Hospice House, an eight-bedroom home that is complete with a full kitchen, living room and dining room in Owatonna, MN, understands the deep complexities of hospice care and is deeply committed to celebrating life in providing compassionate care for hospice patients.
In the Faribault Daily News, Homestead Hospice House Supervisor of Patient Care Services, Marcy Olson shared about the impact of the Homestead Hospice House on the Owatonna community. “It [Homestead Hospice House] is designed to jointly manage the care needs of patients with contracted hospice agencies when patients are no longer able to safely manage their care needs in their own home or current setting,” said Olson. 
Known by Olson and other staff as a “hidden gem in Owatonna,” Homestead Hospice House has been serving hospice patients for 17 years with a distinct focus on cultivating a home-like setting and life-long family connections. It desires for all hospice patients to experience its peaceful amenities and intentional care, offering financial assistance with room and board payments for patients who qualify for assistance.  
Instead of spending their final days in a hospital room, Homestead Hospice House patients and their families enjoy some of the following benefits and amenities: 
  • care coordinated by a registered nurse case manager 24 hours a day 
  • around the clock direct care by LPNs, home health aides and hospice trained volunteers 
  • emotional and spiritual support 
  • home cooked meals and laundry service 
  • state of the art whirlpool bathtub 
  • reflection room 
  • accommodations for family and friends 
  • peaceful setting professionally landscaped 
Homestead Hospice House will continue to contribute to Allina Health’s whole-person care model by embodying a compassionate hospice care experience that is tailored to meeting the complex needs of patients and their loved ones. “It [Homestead Hospice House] will continue to be a home and place of refuge for patients and their families in Owatonna and all across Minnesota,” said Supervisor Patient Care Services RN Marcy Olson. Read the full Faribault Daily news article here. 

Posted on July 21, 2022 in Hospice

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