Common Questions

Common Questions

Whom does Sarah House serve?

Since 1991, we have provided 24-hour residential care to the most vulnerable individuals and families throughout the Central Coast. We began with HIV/AIDS care, but in 2005 Sarah House opened its doors to low-income people of our community, whatever their hospice diagnosis.

Who qualifies to live at Sarah House?

Residents receiving end-of-life care must have a hospice diagnosis of generally less than 3 months and be a low-income individual making less than $47,000 a year.

How much does it cost to stay at Sarah House?

Although some people are unable to contribute anything to the cost of their care, generally Sarah House asks that its Residents contribute 80% of their income.

What is the average length of stay?

Generally, people live at Sarah House from a few days to several months.

Whenever possible, Sarah House offers five-day respite care for people on hospice. Such caregiver support can be discussed with Hospice Nurse Case Managers.

Is Sarah House a hospice?

No, Sarah House is a home for people receiving medical hospice services and also in need of 24-hour residential care. We partner with licensed hospice providers so that people may receive medical care while in the comfort of a residential home setting.

What is a “social model” of care?

A “social model” is distinguished by its environment and Staff, as well as by the principles and values of its care. Sarah House approaches dying as more than a medical event. Our care provides individually-tailored attention for each Resident, focusing on extraordinary kindness, caring for each person as if they were a member of our own family.

How is Sarah House funded?

Because we are licensed under the California Department of Social Services, we are able to offer a cost-effective, unique model of care. Sarah House does not receive funding from Medicare. In fact, there is no federal or state government funding designated for shelter and care for the dying in a “social model.”

Instead, Sarah House relies on foundations and grants, fundraising events, and the gifts of individual donors.

How can I find out more?

No matter what your interest in our home, we welcome the chance to give you a short tour through the house, the opportunity to meet some of the Staff and Residents, and a cup of coffee.

You need only to call us at 563-9990 or 682-1515.