Comforts of Home, PHS Hospice House Opens
The May 2023 Issue of Healthcare Design Magazine Features Presbyterian Hospice House on pages 11 – 12
Presbyterian Healthcare began imagining how it could better serve its hospice care community, specifically those lacking stable housing or the right home environment for at-home care. The original idea of building or modifying a home in the community changed into a homelike design that could accommodate required healthcare equipment and storage.
The main driving goal of Presbyterian’s Hospice Health was to create a safe, warm, homelike facility for friends and family to visit. The result, a facility layout that resembles a typical home. A small atrium at the main entry leads into a living room, anchored by a large fireplace and windows with views of an outdoor courtyard. Next to the living space is an open, residential-style kitchen, where family members can cook up a favorite recipe, and a dining room for shared meals. Windows strategically placed to maximize views of the nearby mountains and an outdoor courtyard allow nature to be a powerful design driver throughout Hospice House.
DAS worked closely with PHS to select New Mexico based artwork that adds warmth and texture to public and private spaces throughout Hospice House. Grand views of familiar local landscapes combine with an original art donation by artist BC Nowlin to provide comfort though familiarity to patients and their families. A focal art wall in the living room recognizes individual donor gifts as the size of each piece of artwork correlates to donation level.