Adopt Our Model
We believe every community should have a Clarehouse! Caring for a loved one around the clock can be challenging and many families need help. The number of people needing care is increasing, yet the number of available family caregivers is decreasing. Our dying family members are often alone, spending their last days in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. A lack of information about treatment choices and lack of advance care planning can lead to aggressive but futile life-prolonging treatments and the burden of uncontrolled symptoms. As a result, people suffer unnecessarily, without the ability to direct their final days based on their own values, goals and preferences.
Social Model Hospice - a community supported home that provides 24 hour care for terminally ill individuals and their loved ones when dying at home becomes unmanageable.
(Grant, Hilary Shirah MSN, RN, CHPN; Scott, Kelley Kathleen BSN, RN, CHPN An Introduction and Overview of Social Model Hospice Care, Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: October 2015 - Volume 17 - Issue 5 - p 456-461)
Clarehouse is a tested and effective response to this need. As a Social Model Hospice, Clarehouse joins a handful of organizations across the country that have implemented this innovative model of care. In contrast to a Medical Hospice, the Social Hospice primarily addresses the caregiver crisis, incorporating individualized supportive care through community participation. We are committed to the growth and development of this compassionate approach and are solidly positioned to empower other communities to adopt this model.
Visit Our Home
Because we feel so strongly that every community should have a home like Clarehouse, we mentor projects locally, regionally and nationally, sharing our story, our home and our expertise. Interested individuals are welcomed for site visits to tour our home, meet our staff and see our compassionate care firsthand. Projects begin organically, with local visionaries sharing their passion and building a team within their community. Contact Britni Smith, Education Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get started!
The Social Model Hospice is:
- dedicated to the care of dying individuals and families.
- individualized loving care in a community home setting.
- a non-profit, charitable organization.
- provided by a mix of paid and volunteer caregivers.
- free or sliding-scale.
- provided in collaboration with a medical hospice responsible for case management.
- not covered by Medicare,
Medicaid or private insurance.
- grass-roots and community
based and supported.
- unique and does not duplicate
existing community resources.
- home and family to people
The Omega Home Network
Over the past decade, we have worked to build a network of other community homes for dying people that are open across the country. The Omega Home Network facilitates a grassroots effort to spread the model and educate communities about living well through dying. Formerly known as the Social Hospice Network, we recently changed our name to embrace the word Omega and it's symbolism as the last, best, or final nature of something. The Omega Home Network includes Social Model Hospice Homes, Comfort Care Homes, and Homes for the Dying - all united in one network that shares common values and structure. Existing homes offer site visits, mentoring and consulting to aspiring and start-up projects. We host an online forum, offering the sharing of practice, experiences and ideas between existing and aspiring homes to facilitate growth of the movement. Members post discussions on a variety of topics related to the model, mission and vision, organizational start-up, non-profit management, clinical practice, volunteer development and fund-raising.
In addition, the Network hosts an annual conference offering an education event for homes and projects across the country.
The Omega Home Network fosters end-of-life care homes, sharing inspiration and expertise to further the model of community care of dying people.
"The Omega Home Network has been a godsend to our passionate nonprofit board as we tried to create a framework and realize our dream of having a residential hospice home for our county in Iowa. The Tulsa conference in July 2015 reinforced our enthusiasm and helped us focus on a five bed plan. We also knew we had new supportive colleagues with fully operational homes that were very willing to help with each step by phone and through the online forum. We will be opening the doors and serving our guests after almost five years of visioning and hard work! Thank you Omega Home Network!”
Carol Tippe, Hospice Home of Johnson County, Iowa City, Iowa
Pay It Forward
Clarehouse is dependent upon the generosity of our community to fund our programs and expenses. The Clarehouse fundraising philosophy has always centered on meticulous stewardship and respect for donors. Our integrity demands that we “pay it forward”, collaborating with others who share our vision to expand access to quality end-of-life care. We only ask that you acknowledge our collaboration with your efforts.