Hospice of the North Coast (HNC) is pleased to announce that its new, six-bedroom Pacifica House hospice residence at 4411 Park Drive in Carlsbad will begin accepting patients from throughout the north coastal region on December 16, 2013.
The State licensing process was completed on December 12, 2013, five months to the day after HNC cut the ribbon on July 12, 2013 for what is the first freestanding in-patient hospice facility in North County. Pacifica House is also the first hospice residence of its kind licensed under the State Legislature’s Senate Bill (SB) 135.
The January 2013 passage of SB 135 and the City of Carlsbad’s lead funding through a $1,065,000 Community Development Block Grant provided to HNC earlier this year enabled the purchase of the 4,500-square-foot facility, which was built in 2003 as a residential care facility for the elderly.
HNC Executive Director Nerice Kaufman believes, “Pacifica House will fill a desperately-needed healthcare niche by providing a welcoming end-of-life home for terminally ill patients in a warm environment with compassionate and comprehensive 24/7 care. Prior to its existence, many dying patients suffered unnecessarily because of limited options for placement.”
Pacifica House can serve up to six terminally ill patients at a time. Acceptance is based upon physician order, Medicare regulations regarding appropriateness for hospice care, and demonstrated need for a safe environment. In accordance with CDBG requirements, overall placement also will be based upon Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income levels established for HNC’s service area. HNC will continue to serve the vast majority of its client population in their homes and/or appropriate residential facilities.
Ensconced in graciously appointed individual suites, each featuring a private bathroom and special touches such as bird feeders within view from the window, Pacifica House patients will be supported by concierge-like teams of physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual care providers and integrative therapists. Amenities abound indoors and out on this tranquil property situated on three-quarters of an acre in “Olde Carlsbad.” The facility features a full kitchen, dining room, living/gathering spaces, garden, garages and on-street parking.
In all, says Kaufman, “Pacifica House offers a homelike ambiance where patients and their loved ones can spend their last days together.” She reveals, “The establishment of Pacifica House has been a longtime dream of our agency. The facility takes HNC’s mission of helping people have a peaceful life-through-death experience to a high new level of care and caring.”
All six Pacifica House rooms are currently available. Specific eligibility requirements, admission guidelines, patient care services and other details as well as tours are available by calling HNC at 760-431-4100 or clicking the Pacifica House tab on the website at www.hospicenorthcoast.org. Naming opportunities and other donation vehicles also are available; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
– Hospice of the North Coast press release