Enso House services embrace the full range of palliative care, not acute medical care. Residents maintain their primary physician and receive the interdisciplinary support of WhidbeyHealth Hospice. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and chaplains are available on an on-call basis to assist with treatment plans, medications, and specialized attention.
Skilled caregivers are present 24 hours a day seven days a week to help residents with their daily needs. Nursing assistants help with feeding, bathing, toileting, and moving about. Trained volunteers provide assistance with feeding, socializing, housecleaning, and grounds maintenance. Complementary and comfort-based therapies, such as massage, Reiki, homeopathy, essential oils, yoga, art and music therapy are offered on an individualized basis.
Those who come to live at Enso House for care have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and their physician has acknowledged that hospice care is appropriate, and a “Do Not Resuscitate Order” has been established.
Any person regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation who has the desire to make use of the resources offered at Enso House is eligible for admission, unless there is serious mental illness, behavioral problems or special needs that cannot be met. Enso House is unable to accept children, or individuals with a primary diagnosis of dementia or developmental delay.
Many people diagnosed with a terminal illness are unable to afford 24-hour care at home and have no choice but to be placed in a nursing home or hospital. Because of the committed donation of time from the monks at Tahoma Zen Monastery, Enso House is able to offer affordable care in a heart-centered home.
Since its inception, Enso House has established a rate of $145 per day for basic care. Actual costs are higher and we never turn away those unable to pay. That is why we ask those who can to “pay forward” generously so that we can continue to serve the community in the way we do best.
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