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Frequently Asked Questions

How does someone come into the care of Aurora House?

A person comes into the care of Aurora House through a referral made by a hospice agency.  Visiting Nurse Service and Lifetime Care are the two hospice agencies working in our area.  Aurora House partners with both agencies and with your physician to provide excellent end of life care.

How long can I stay at Aurora House?

The mission of Aurora House is to provide care and support to people who are dying and their loved ones in a peaceful, home-like environment.  Referrals are made by the hospice agency when a person is thought to be in the final three months of his/her life.  Our staff work with the hospice agency nurses to coordinate smooth transitions for those determined to be appropriate for Aurora House.  Occasionally a resident’s condition improves to the point he or she no longer needs hospice care.   In that event we will work with the resident, their family, and the agency to find a safe alternative for long term care.

What does it cost to stay at Aurora House?

The services of Aurora House are provided at no charge to our residents or their families because of the compassionate generosity of our supporters who provide donations, memorials, grants, fund raising events, and volunteer hours.

Is this a religious organization?

Aurora House recognizes that each person is a spiritual being who needs a connection to others and to find meaning in his/her experience.  We are not affiliated with any religious denomination.  We encourage the exploration and expression of your personal faith traditions, and we do not discriminate on the basis of your religion, sex, race, or family orientation.

Can I smoke?

Smoking is not permitted inside the Aurora House; however, ashtrays are provided in a sheltered area outdoors.

Are there visiting hours?

Friends and family are welcome to visit.  There are no prescribed visiting hours.  For the safety of our residents and volunteers our doors are locked.  Children and pets can be a source of great joy to our residents and are welcome to visit with an adult to supervise them at all times.