The VNA Hospice House could not exist without the generosity of donors.
The VNA Hospice House offers anyone who is unable to receive end-of-life care at home a caring and serene haven. The VNA is the only hospice provider for Indian River County residents, and the hospice house is a vital resource for those patients who need its services.
Elevating the level of hospice care
Not all hospice organizations provide a hospice house to their communities, but local philanthropists understood the importance of providing a comfortable place for patients who can no longer receive hospice care at home a place to go. Hospice is about improving the quality of life for those with a life-limiting illness, and the VNA Hospice House achieves that standard.
The 12-bedroom facility operates like a medical facility, providing 24/7 care to its residents, but it does not feel like a healthcare facility. Visitors who follow the long driveway up to its entrance is met with a vibrant oasis. Inside, there are comfortable gathering areas for families including a living room featuring a grand piano. A fulltime chef is available to make personalized meals for patients and comforting refreshments for families. Each private bedroom offers a screened porch so patients and families can enjoy the sound of the wind through the trees and feel of fresh air.
Outside, visitors, families and patients can walk along the pathways through the A Place For Remembering tribute area and through the grounds. The surrounding area of the hospice house includes a gazebo for sitting and reflection and nearby pond.
History of the VNA Hospice House
The VNA Hospice House opened its doors in 2000. In its first year, it served 156 patients. In 2003, the Pierce family came forward with an unprecedented gift of $1 million from the L.W. Pierce Family Foundation to the VNA & Hospice Foundation’s Hospice House Endowment Fund. The Pierce family’s transformational gift helped start the VNA Hospice House Endowment Fund, which helps pay for the day-to-day expenses of the facility. Without it, this important community resource would not be what it is today.