Compelled by our mission, we are guided by a vision that continues to build Hudson Valley Hospice's reputation as the premier provider of hospice and palliative care in both Dutchess and Ulster Counties. As such, we are taking this important step to add this much needed component to the constellation of healthcare services we provide to the community.
A GIFT TO OUR COMMUNITY
Today, there are over 640 patients on our service receiving various levels of hospice care and that number continues to grow each day. Until now, there have been no inpatient hospice facilities to serve our communities in Dutchess and Ulster counties at a critical time in their journeys.
With the opening of the Hudson Valley Hospice House, family, friends and loved ones no longer have to travel out of the area to receive care or visit their loved ones. Instead, the Hudson Valley Hospice House offers patients and loved ones alike a home-like setting in a 16,000 square foot single story facility sitting on seven wooded acres on Route 9G in Hyde Park.
The Hudson Valley Hospice House is the first freestanding hospice inpatient facility in Dutchess or Ulster County. It is our expectation is that each year, over 1000 patients and their family members will directly benefit from the amenities provided there, and we couldn’t be more excited.
We have learned that when home is not an option, our community needs a place where patients who have life-limiting illnesses can find comfort and solace and their loved ones can take a break from the inevitable caregiver fatigue and the challenges of caring for loved ones. Our goal is to make this facility the ideal environment where patients in their final days can live a comfortable and pain-free existence. Some of the things the Hudson Valley Hospice House offers include:
Each of our fourteen private suites has a large private bathroom with shower, individual control of the room temperature, and convertible chairs and sofas allowing loved ones to stay overnight. The suites are tastefully decorated and encourage the display of personal items, photos, art, books and other life-enriching mementos to add to the homelike environment, while doors in each room open onto a Meditative Garden, offering patients and their loved ones the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil outdoor environment.
Suites can also be converted for our youngest patients, changing out beds, wall hangings and decorative objects within the comfortable setting.
Our non-denominational chapel is a place for reflection, retreat, prayer or meditation. The chapel may also be used for special occasions or memorial services. Ask a staff member for details on reserving this space.
Meals, snacks and beverages are available to our patients 24/7. If there are any special dishes or snacks your loved one would enjoy, we will do all we can to accommodate the request. Family members are also welcomed in our dining room for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Dining Room and satellite kitchen on the South wing are stocked with coffee, tea, water, fruit, cookies and snacks for our patients and their loved ones. Microwaves are also available for heating up items. A list of local dining establishments is available here.
Our Great Room, Reading Nook and lounges are available to all guests as a place for relaxation, respite and a quiet chat. The Great Room has a fireplace, indoor water feature and TV, while the Reading Nook is a quiet space to curl up with a book or magazine, ours or yours, or just take a few minutes to relax and reflect.
In addition to access from our public spaces, each of our patient suites has large windows and doors that open onto our Meditative Garden, with a variety of places to sit as a group or individually, from the chairs right outside the suite to tables and chairs under the center pergola. During your visit, we encourage you to stroll through our grounds. Carefully selected plants and trees have been chosen to attract birds…and butterflies – symbols of hope, metamorphosis and renewal.
The spa offers a unique opportunity for bathing, relaxation, aromatherapy and a shampoo and blow dry. Our carefully chosen tub allows for still immersion bathing and is height-adjustable, easily moving from sitting to reclining depending on the patient’s needs. The Air Spa feature allows for a gentle massage using air jets with two intensity settings and can be used in the just the foot well if desired.
VISITOR INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
We want to be your home away from home and we have no limitations on visiting hours. You may see and stay with your loved one – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other family members, friends and well-mannered pets are always welcome to visit. For our younger visitors, we have a collection of children’s toys, games, coloring books and other items to distract and amuse them.
While visitors are welcome at any time, you can also choose to restrict all visitors or allow access to a select group of people. We are here to help support you and your wishes and maintain the level of privacy you desire and your preferences can be changed at any time.
IS IT TIME?
Our Access Team will work with the patient and/or the patient’s family, the patient’s physician and our medical staff to determine if the patient is eligible to receive care at our Hospice House. Our Access Team members are here to help and are available seven days a week at 845-240-7555. Examples of when a loved one may be able to stay with us are when they may need:
- Supervised, round-the-clock care.
- Short-term assistance with managing pain or symptoms.
- Provide caregivers with a brief respite of up to five days.
- An alternate location when home is no longer an option.
No longer does a member of our community need to stay in a hospital setting to receive general inpatient care at the end of life care with all of its inherent disruptions and noises. All fourteen of our suites have been built to provide the highest level of general inpatient care similar to a hospital setting, but with staff who understand and are sensitive to the needs of people at the end of life, with an emphasis on comfort and freedom from pain and anxiety..
In other cases, if pain or symptoms cannot be managed at home, your loved one may come to the Hospice House for new medications or adjustments to their individualized Care Plan. They will return home with the help of our staff once their symptoms are under control.
End of life caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it may also cause stress and fatigue. When family members need a short break from the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for a loved one, respite care can help. Patients may stay with us for up to five days. Please be aware that space is limited and based on availability at the time of your request.
For a variety of reasons, sometimes home is no longer an option. Please contact us at 845-240-7555 to discuss what options are available.
OUR INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM
Our entire team is available to support and comfort you and your loved ones 24/7. Upon arrival, an individualized Plan of Care will be developed, with an immediate focus on controlling and stabilizing severe and acute pain and symptoms. The Plan of Care will be constantly reviewed and amended to meet the needs of each of our patients as their journeys progress. Our team includes:
Provide medical care to ensure that your loved one is comfortable and symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, restlessness, or anxiety are addressed.
Help families cope with the practical and emotional challenges that accompany a loved one’s illness, providing emotional support, as well as assistance with advance directives, discharge planning if appropriate, paperwork and financial matters.
Assist with bathing and personal hygiene. Your loved one will always be kept clean and comfortable.
Are available to assist individuals of all backgrounds and faith traditions, and when requested, reconnect them to the patient’s faith communities, meeting each new person where they are. Your own clergy or spiritual counselors are welcome at any time.
Are available to support family and loved ones during the many transitions that accompany a loved one’s life limiting illness.
Can make a significant difference in quality of life, bringing comfort and consolation, enhancing physical and emotional well-being and may help to manage pain and discomfort, reduce anxiety and depression and lessen respiratory distress.
Are specially trained in providing extra support for patients and loved ones and offer a variety of complementary therapies that can address comfort and quality of life.
Are available to explore and preserve the stories, wisdom and messages that give life meaning, plan for what the patient wishes to see, hear, and feel around them in their last days. They can also create and use guided visualization and ritual for comfort and meaning and more.
If you find it difficult to communicate news, we will help you notify additional family members, workplaces, houses of worship and others about your loved one’s condition.
We will also speak with you often and alert you to any changes in your loved one’s health while you are away from the Hospice House.
DISCHARGE AND TRANSFERS
If at some point, your loved one is ready to return to their home, we will work closely with you to ensure a smooth transition during a move back to or into hospice home care. By planning ahead, we will reduce confusion and stress during this time.
THE END OF LIFE JOURNEY
Your Social Worker will provide guidance on final arrangements and a copy of our Funeral Home Listing. Our Chaplains can offer assistance with planning a celebration of life or memorial service here or at your chosen facility.
If your loved one is approaching the end of life, they will most likely remain with us for their last days. You may have questions about what to expect. Our staff members are always available to answer questions and provide support whenever you need it. We will be with you every step of the way.
It’s normal to struggle with anticipatory grief, grief after a death and feelings of loss. Our Bereavement Social Workers are here for you.
Always remember, we are here to help. You are never alone. We will stay in contact with you through this time and beyond.
Be A Part of Something Extraordinary
Meeting our Hospice House objectives will require significant financial resources. We invite you to join us in fulfilling our vision and bringing this gift to our community. Your gift will enhance the options of those who look to Hudson Valley Hospice during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
Gifts to support this initiative can be made in a variety of ways and can be made as a single gift or structured as multi-year pledge of up to five years, payable annually, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly. Regardless of size, each gift is needed and deeply appreciated.
Methods of giving include:
- Gifts of cash
- Corporate matching gifts
- Gifts of appreciated securities
- Charitable IRA rollovers
- Gifts of real estate
- Gifts of life insurance
- Gifts by will
- Charitable remainder unitrusts and annuity trusts
- Charitable lead trusts
All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Donors are advised to consult with their tax advisor to determine specific tax benefits and/or giving methods which best fit their particular needs.
Take Our Virtual Tour!
See what the Hudson Valley Hospice House has to offer! We are located at 542 Violet Avenue in Hyde Park, NY. Take a virtual tour of the facility now without leaving the comfort of home. Enter through our beautiful Rotunda, see our Great Room, continue on through our Dining, Spa and Sanctuary areas, and preview our spacious Patient Suites.
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