Living with HIV/AIDS
How do you live with HIV/AIDS? For many people, the living crisis created by the disease can be as devastating as the physical and emotional suffering. Consider what you would do if you could no longer live independently; when your partner, your friends and your family cannot provide the care you need? Where do you go then?
Why Hope House?
Hope House is a private, nonprofit residence located in a quiet Stillwater neighborhood. Nestled in a wooded hollow, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a gently flowing stream, Hope House provides more than housing. It provides a home-like environment conducive to holistic care.
The design of Hope House is a blend of cooperative living areas (lounge, dining room, kitchen and wrap-around porch) and private, comfortably furnished rooms and bathrooms for each resident. We have very liberal visitation policies and welcome the support of our residents’ friends and loved ones. We offer a 24-hour staff, volunteer programs, transportation to appointments, and smoking areas. Ecumenical and pastoral services are available upon request.
Co-housing, which is licensed in Minnesota as Adult Foster Care, is one assisted-care option. You live as independently as possible in a home-like residence. Under Minnesota Rules, the cost of food, lodging, protection and household services may be reimbursed by county social services, if insurance or private resources are limited: Residents of Hope House receive:
- Assistance with daily living activities - personal care, cooking, mofility, transportation
- Food, lodging, protection, household services
- social and recreational activities
- 24-hour care-partnering services supervised by a Care Director
- Holistic care, providing for the physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs of each individual, including medication supervision and cash management. Pastoral care and bereavement services are available upon request.
Isn't this the same as a hospice?
Not exactly. Hospices are staffed by a team of physicians, nurses and chaplains to provide palliative care for terminally-ill persons. In contrast, residents in co-housing, while unable to live independently, do not always require continuous medical care or inpatient treatment.
Where are the homes located?
There are currently only five co-housing facilities for people with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota, each limited by law to four residents. Three homes are located in Minneapolis, one in St. Paul and Hope House of St. Croix Valley in Stillwater, Minnesota.
Aren't you too far away?
We don't think so.
Stillwater is a charming river community, away from the noise and crime of the Twin Cities, yet only 25 minutes from downtown St. Paul and less than 40 minutes from Minneapolis. Why not come for a visit and experience for yourself Hope House of St. Croix Valley.