Utah County wel­comes first hos­pice home


No one wants to imag­ine them­selves or their loved ones in the po­si­tion of need­ing end-of-life care. How­ever, most will need some sort of help when the end is near. Now it’s eas­ier since Utah County has re­ceived its first hos­pice home.

Sunrise Hos­pice Home is a 16,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity in Orem that was built specif­i­cally to cater to those near­ing the last days of life and the peo­ple who love them. With su­pe­rior com­fort and knowl­edge, end-oflife care is pro­vided in a warm and serene set­ting.

“It is a place where friends and fam­i­lies can gather to en­joy the rich­ness of life un­til the last mo­ments and leave their worldly cares be­hind,” said Stacy Hales, di­rec­tor of nurs­ing at Sunrise Hos­pice Home. “Our com­pas­sion­ate and cer­tifi pro­fes­sion­als and vol­un­teers al­low fam­i­lies and friends to leave the role of care­giver and re­sume the role of spouse, child, sib­ling or friend. It’s a place where pa­tients and fam­i­lies can al­le­vi­ate the fear of dy­ing, be­gin to heal emo­tion­ally and em­brace the time to say good­bye.”

Sunrise Hos­pice Home has all of the ameni­ties needed to cater to fam­i­lies and pa­tients in­clud­ing fam­ily suites where rel­a­tives trav­el­ing from out of town can stay on site, large pa­tient rooms and fam­ily gath­er­ing ar­eas.

One of the most unique ben­e­fits of Sunrise Hos­pice Home is that there is no charge for those who need fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. “Through very gen­er­ous do­na­tions, we have the unique abil­ity to not have to turn any­one away be­cause of fi­nan­cial hard­ship. We are very for­tu­nate to be able to pro­vide this ser­vice to the com­mu­nity,” said Steve Kelly, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing.

If you’re won­der­ing if some­one you know would qual­ify for this unique fa­cil­ity, or if you have any gen­eral ques­tions, please call Pam Lamore­aux, in­take spe­cial­ist, at 801-224-7200.

Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­bers sup­port the South Utah Val­ley An­i­mal Shel­ter as Septem­ber Busi­ness of the Month.

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