Bruns House, a Place of Peace
In 2004, we established Bruns House to provide inpatient hospice care for patients who require acute symptom management. Patients are cared for in a homelike environment. The peaceful atmosphere and round-the-clock personal care are what make a stay at Bruns House a unique and special experience for both patients and their families.
Offering privacy and quiet that cannot be found in a hospital, combined with intensive round-the-clock care that cannot be achieved at home, Bruns House has cared for more than 1,900 patients and their family members. Bruns House is the only inpatient hospice house in the East Bay.
Goals of Bruns House
Relieve pain and manage symptoms
Comfort and care for each patient according to his or her wishes
Support all patients and family members who are dealing with emotional, spiritual and practical concerns during the final weeks of life
Ensure that life's last journey is what the patient wants it to be
Bruns House is staffed by specially trained professionals, including physicians, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, home health aides, dieticians, social workers, spiritual care counselors, bereavement counselors, volunteers and a consulting pharmacist.
Acute Symptom Management
Our skilled medical and nursing staff provide assessments and interventions to control symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, shortness of breath, and seizures. There is a registered nurse on duty at Bruns House twenty-four hours a day.
A social worker and spiritual care counselor are available for all patients and family members who are dealing with emotional, spiritual, and practical concerns during the final stages of life.
Bruns House provides two kinds of transitional care:
Hospital -> Bruns House -> Home
Home -> Bruns House -> Home
In each case, the patient's condition is stabilized for the transition to a private residence, assisted living center, skilled nursing facility or board & care, while caregivers are taught the necessary skills to care for the patient.
Six private, medically appropriate rooms
Open kitchen and living areas
Relaxing garden and grounds with fountains, sitting areas and a meditative labyrinth
Unrestricted visiting hours with the opportunity to remain with the patient throughout the night
On-site parking & patient transportation
Pets visits are allowed
Referrals are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be made by physicians, hospital discharge planners, case managers or hospice providers.
A pre-admission evaluation will be conducted by a Hospice of the East Bay nurse to determine if Bruns House is appropriate for the patient.
Consultations and admissions are offered seven days a week, at no cost.
All admissions to the Bruns House require a physician's order.
Patient symptoms must require daily assessment and RN intervention to meet the hospice criteria for acute inpatient care.
Patient chooses to receive comfort care rather than curative treatments.
Patient and/or family must consent to hospice services and goals.
Care at Bruns House is covered by the Medicare and Medi-Cal hospice benefit. Hospice of the East Bay also works closely with private insurers and HMOs to maximize hospice benefits, subject to applicable co-payments and deductibles. Private payment is also an option. Bruns House accepts all medically qualified patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Families Share Their Thoughts About Bruns House...
"During my husband Paul's illness, our dog Bella was his constant companion. When Paul required a higher level of care and moved into Bruns House, Bella became agitated by his absence and kept looking for him. We were able to bring her to visit Paul and she immediately jumped on the bed and snuggled next to him. Afterwards, Bella was calm and stopped searching for him. Bringing Bella to visit had a soothing effect on Paul and the whole family and we are grateful to Bruns House for allowing it to happen."
"I have a whole new admiration for the people who devote their time to the people like us who are in need of help. I never felt like I was all alone during this emotional time. Thank you for all the love and support you gave my father and my family."
"Thank you for the skillful and loving care you gave our grandpa. We can't adequately express how much we appreciated the many ways you helped all of us."
"You all at Bruns House gave our father such a safe and compassionate ending to his precious and wonderful life. In addition you also nurtured and guided our family through our grief after his passing. We consider all of you tremendous blessings and are all angels with the true gifts of compassion and kindness."
"I know she felt safe in this lovely home with its caring staff and so did I. There are no words to adequately express what is in my heart... Thank you for this wonderful gift, Bruns House."
Licensed Hospice | Medicare/Medi-Cal Certified; Accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). East Bay Integrated Care, Inc. (EBIC) does business as Hospice of the East Bay, Bruns House, Hospice of the East Bay Thrift Shoppes and Diablo Appraisal & Estate Sales. Patient services are provided without regard to race, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, communicable disease, or place of national origin.