To our Zen Hospice Project Community:
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Zen Hospice Project has suspended residential hospice caregiving services at the Guest House, our residential care facility in San Francisco. The suspension of caregiving services is a deeply felt loss for all of us in the Zen Hospice Project community. We are grateful to everyone who has generously supported this program for over thirty years.
Our residential hospice program has been a one-of-a kind environment that functioned outside the traditional reimbursement process within our healthcare system. Unfortunately, generating revenue to sustain our compassionate caregiving program has become increasingly challenging in recent years.
At the same time that we must suspend our residential program at the Guest House, we are reaffirming our commitment to our mission of transforming the experience of dying and caregiving through a human-centered model of care. We believe that greater humanity in caregiving results in an improved care recipient experience, and improved well-being and resilience of caregivers.
To achieve this mission, we continue our Mindful Caregiver Education program offering training and support to family, volunteer and professional caregivers, and our Volunteer Caregiver program offering volunteer caregivers to serve at the bedside on the 59-bed Palliative Care Ward of Laguna Honda Hospital. We believe these two programs will have even greater social impact going forward.
We are grateful to our entire community for supporting our mission over the past decades, and we ask for ongoing support to continue our Mindful Caregiver Education and Volunteer Caregiver programs. We’ve seen firsthand the life-changing impact your support has made.
With deep gratitude,
Zen Hospice Project