The following is compiled from a Hospice of Humboldt news release:

Hospice of Humboldt is celebrating its two year anniversary of the Ida Emmerson Hospice House. This hospice house is the only one of its kind on the northern coast of California, providing in-patient care with a focus on rural communities. Less than 20 hospice houses run in California.

Nestled in a forest, the house offers patients who require a caregiver an opportunity to spend their last days peacefully. Care is provided 24 hours a days by professionals with experience in palliative (comfort care) medicine. At the Ida Emmerson Hospice House, family and friends are always welcome to visit the facility, equipped with manicured gardens, communal dining areas, grief support counseling and a playground.

“This facility provides our patients with inpatient care when necessary, respite stays to help reduce caregiver burnout, and is also available to hospice patients for residential care,” Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of Humboldt Joe Rogers says.

Patients are able to choose the type of care that suits them best as the Hospice House upholds a patient centered philosophy. Teams of physicians, registered nurses, medical social workers, chaplains, hospice aides, patient care volunteers, and grief support counselors care for patients and assist their families.

For nearly 40 years, Hospice of Humboldt has been serving families, has a staff of over 101 employees and works with 119 volunteers. Last year, Hospice provided end of life care to 564 patients.

“We envision a community in which no one dies alone or afraid, and all who grieve are comforted,” reads the website.

To learn more about Hospice of Humboldt care, visit


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