The implications are profound for the future of two organizations, countless people, and one very special dog with a higher calling. Imagine the unique challenge hospice workers face of enriching quality of life for those whose lives are tangibly nearing their end. Next, imagine an animal rescue whose goals include not just saving dogs’ lives, but empowering them to thrive as contributing members of society. And now, imagine a creative partnership between two innovative organizations, joining forces to fulfill and evolve their respective missions. From within this vision, a very special dog who has already been chosen with the assistance of social media in Kern County, will be trained and certified as a therapy dog for Kern County’s first and only state of the art hospice home, set to open its doors in the summer of 2015. Watch the Facebook pages of both organizations this spring to follow along as Hoffmann’s new house becomes a once-homeless little mutt’s forever home. The story of Maggie, her selection, training, community involvement and more are guaranteed to engage, inspire, and affect change in the hearts of all who follow her…journey home.
The loss of a loved one is heartbreaking for anyone, but when a child loses someone special, confusion, fear and guilt are often added to the grief mix. To help local children work through loss, Hoffmann Hospice will host its annual Heart Art Summer Camp this June. The four day camp is for children and teens ages 7 to 17 who have lost someone dear to them. Activities include guest speakers, crafts and a special visit from the Hoffmann Hounds therapy dogs. Grieving children will often express more through pen, paint and paper than they will through speech. They need to understand the grief process and find their new normal. We help them get there.
The association of the two non-profit organizations represents an expansion of hospice services offered by Dignity Health. With the anticipated 2015 opening of the Hoffmann Home, Kern County’s first and only hospice home, and the expected 1,800 additional families served, Dignity Health and Hoffmann Hospice recognize that through aligning core services and operational strengths the end result is improved access to quality end of life care for Kern County residents. Under this new alignment, Hoffmann Hospice has assumed operational responsibility for the Dignity Health Mercy Hospice service line effective September 30, 2014. Both Dignity Health and Hoffmann Hospice are committed to compassionate, patient centered care for Kern County residents.
Step through the front doors and into a virtual tour of Kern County’s first and only Hospice Home under construction at this very moment. This realistic virtual tour will guide you through the hospice home and will give you a sneak preview of the Family Lounge, Theater, Chapel, Nursing Station, and patient rooms. A number of donor opportunities exist to become involved with this very special project as we get closer to its completion. Private tours can be arranged at the property location for those interested in supporting the completion of the Hospice Home. Please contact the Development Department at Hoffmann Hospice if you have a desire to get involved or have any questions.
Hoffmann Hospice has begun our “Fund-A-Foot” campaign to raise funds for the completion of Kern County’s first free-standing in-patient hospice home. This beautiful homelike, 18 bed hospice facility will be professionally staffed with registered nurses 24-hours per day, as well as social services, home health aides, chaplains and volunteers. All it takes to partner with us is a $250 donation to fund one square foot of this state-of-the art hospice home. Each donation will be recognized with a personalized, hand crafted plaque embedded along the exterior walkways of this beautiful new facility. Help us build this hospice home…one square foot at a time!
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The Have You Had the Talk campaign urges all adults to consider what kind of care and plans they want followed if they ever need to rely on someone else for their medical care and decision making. They are some of the most important decisions and conversations you will have. Click the button below to download your free toolkit today.
When facing the serious illness of a child, parents will go to any length in an effort to help their child. But even then, sometimes the miracles of modern medicine are not enough. When that time comes, there truly is no place like home. Hoffmann Hospice understands how difficult it is for parents to make the hospice decision for their child. Many parents feel as though they are somehow “giving up” by choosing hospice care, but that isn’t true at all. Hospice is merely a shifting of focus – to helping your child live as full and pain free a life as possible.
We understand that this is a difficult decision, but Hoffmann Hospice has been helping families care for their children since 1995. We are here, and ready to help your family.
Compassionate, skilled volunteers are the heart and soul of Hoffmann Hospice. Hospice volunteers are committed to the hospice philosophy of care and service. They have a respect and reverence for life and consider it a privilege to serve the seriously and terminally ill patients and their families. We are looking for volunteers of all ages, from diverse social and professional backgrounds. A volunteer can be as young as 16, but must be at least 18 to work directly with our patients. Hoffmann volunteers are valued members of our hospice team and may choose when and how they wish to volunteer. Become a volunteer today.