House of Hope offers classes on caring

Doulas address end-of-life issues

Our Community House of Hope’s new HOPE End-of-Life Doula Training Course will be offered as a means to help reopen the doors for the care of the dying in Ventura County.

The first class of HOPE Endof Life Doulas graduated in October 2019.

The next class will begin in March and take place in Los Robles hospital’s classroom 2, 215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Class times are: 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 6 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., March 7 and 21.

Four hours of online video instructions are also required.

OCHH cared for 235 dying people and their families in its home from 2012 to 2017. At the end of five years of operation, the House had to discontinue its services due to lack of funding.

OCHH was the only social model end-of-life care home in Ventura and northwest Los Angeles counties that would accept dying patients regardless of their ability to pay for services.

The OCHH board and nonprofit organization is still fully functioning with goals to reopen the House again.

The HOPE End-of-Life Doula Training course is one pathway toward the fundraising needed to reopen the facility.

End-of-Life doulas (or death doulas) as a field and career is emerging on the west coast.

End-of-life doulas are the nonmedical support people who help fill the gaps in end-of-life care. They may provide assistance with logistical planning and emotional preparation for the patient and family.

They are people from every walk of life who take special training and have a desire to give emotional, social and spiritual support to those who are dying.

Medical hospices are beginning to add end-of-life doulas to their care teams. Families are seeking out end-of-life doulas to help support their loved ones and themselves.

A course discount of 25% of total fees will be available until March 1.

Go to Ourhouseofhope.org to apply. For information, email Teresa@ourhouseofhope.org.

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