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
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.