Why Anam Cara?

Why Anam Cara?

Defining a Therapy of Place with the Natural Environment

Our mission is to provide compassionate, dignified, quality care that will support the processes that occur in the final days and weeks of life. We are creating a natural, home-like environment in a peaceful, beautiful setting for terminally ill people and their loved ones.

At Anam Cara, we have a uniquely holistic philosophy about the end of life process. We understand the importance of addressing the mind, body and spirit in end of life caregiving. Our vision is to offer a new model to shift the landscape of current end of life care to an inter-generational home environment, where individuals can come either alone or with loved ones to access a variety of holistic services and activities. We envision Anam Cara as a serene, home-away-from-home in a quiet, natural setting. It will be a gathering place, serving Topanga, as well as the Greater Los Angeles area.

If someone can’t or doesn’t want to die at home, very few home-like alternatives exist in the greater Los Angeles area. There is a growing demand for community-based social model end of life care homes–working in partnership with medical hospice service providers–to create natural settings to complement institutional facilities. Anam Cara offers aging elders, and adults of any age with a life-limiting illness, a beautiful, nurturing place to spend their last weeks and days.

We are in the process of renovating a property in Topanga with multiple structures, which will house Anam Cara headquarter offices and a six-bed adult care facility. Once completed, we can begin to provide a nurturing, home-like environment for residents and their loved ones. The adult center will be modeled after our partner social model hospice homes Our Community House of Hope in Thousand Oaks, California, and Clarehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will be licensed as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) by the California Department of Social Services.

Background

There are less than a handful of non-institutional residential hospice homes in all of Southern California. During the AIDS epidemic, free-standing nonprofit hospice homes were very common; they have since largely been replaced by for-profit, mobile community hospice provider agencies, or large hospital corporations. The hospice movement is a young industry, originating in England in the 1960s in private homes and home-like settings. Our desire is to create a sustainable social model template that can be replicated and adapted to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of different socio-economic populations in various geographic areas. This would give us the future options of consulting for other organizations, franchising our model, and expanding into other communities.

Our Model

Anam Cara is a compassionate care home based on a non-medical social model and set in a nurturing, home-like environment. To address an individual’s mind, body and spirit, the hospice offers emotional support through holistic therapies such as:

  • Conscious living practices
  • Therapeutic arts and music
  • Meditation and yoga
  • Nature experiences

Clients select Anam Cara based on our:

  • Strong reputation in hospice care
  • Beautifully verdant, serene property
  • Alternative and holistic therapies

Anam Cara provides a peaceful, healing place to care for terminally ill people and their loved ones in the last weeks and months of life. We are committed to providing compassionate, dignified, quality care that supports the natural processes that occur in the final days of life.

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