The Respite House
The Respite House is safe haven for families with a loved one undergoing
treatment or dealing with serious illness or injuries at Kaweah Delta.
For more information, please call
Patient Family Services (PFS) at
The Respite House opened in September of 2016. It was built by funds raised
by the five Visalia Rotary Clubs and community supporters. It is leased
to the Kaweah Delta to operate and manage for a $1 per year.
The Respite House, known as “Al’s Place” in honor of
Rotarian Al Fisher and “Sharon’s Place” in honor of
Sharon Shannon, is two units, one with three bedrooms and two baths and
one with two bedrooms and two baths. Each home has a living room, full
kitchen and laundry room. The units are completely furnished and available
for use at a very minimal suggested donation, but a donation is not required.
CRITERIA FOR STAY AT THE ROTARY HOUSE:
• Have a family member that is hospitalized at KD
• Family traveling from out of town
• Transportation to and from hospital is a hardship
• Hotel/Motel stay is a hardship
CONTACT PATIENT AND FAMILY SERVICES:
- Family to requested to speak to social worker assigned to the floor
- Contact the general number for Patient Family Services (PFS) 559.624.2257
PROCEDURE FOR ASSIGNING FAMILIES TO THE ROTARY HOUSE:
- Family is identified by medical staff or PFS.
- PFS meets with family member and begins discussion of Rotary House option.
- PFS sends out email or phone calls to rest of the PFS team to ensure that
there is no one else attempting to utilize the same space. If there are
multiple families attempting to use the same home, team will trouble shoot options.
- Once availability is confirmed, family and PFS discuss the Rotary House rules.
- Family signs the house rules form. Rotary House rule state that family
is only allowed to stay in home for max of a week.
- Social worker discusses with family how if there is still a need post a
week that social worker will meet with family again to reassess need.
- Family informed that if other family members have a need, they may be asked
to leave so that other family can be accommodated.
- Keys are provided.
- Family to contact social worker at end of stated stay to reassess whether
continued stay is an option.
- Families are allowed to stay as long as needed; if there are no other family
members requesting use of the home (asking patient to leave rarely happens
because of the two homes that are available).
- Family instructed to return keys to social worker on floor or Emergency
Department social worker.
- Social worker returning keys contacts Environmental Services for cleaning
of the house/preparation for next family (usually a one day time frame
as cleaning is usually done at night).