Phedra House Hospice Care

The hospice is named after Phedra, a 24-year-old Guyanese woman who contracted AIDS in the prime of her life. She was a member of the support group of Persons Living With AIDS (PWLA) in Guyana. Dawn Stewart, the Director of Safety and Occupational Health at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a friend of Phedra who succumbed to AIDS in 2002 named the hospice.

The hospice will provide both palliative care, which CPIC defines as "a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-threatening illness", and supportive care, to help individuals with HIV/AIDS manage their daily lives while they live at home.

The hospice will employ 10 full-time medical and non-medical staff that, along with 40 volunteers will support these mandates. The staff will divide their time between in-resident care at Phedra House and care for individuals who wish to remain at home for treatment. The facility will provide 24-hour care in its 13-bed hospice residence, medical consultation for the (approximately) 40 in-home care patients, spiritual counseling and holistic therapies such as massage. A key philosophy is to maximize the individual's quality of life.

Community programs that operate out of the hospice will provide outreach, bereavement counseling, administrative support, education and fundraising.

The Phedra House Hospice symbol will be designed to demonstrate welcome, the heart, and the compassionate care one finds inside.

Some of the proceeds from the AIDS Walk Caribbean will be used to fund this initiative.