Zen Hospice Project shutters palliative care Guest House in Hayes Valley

Hoodline tipster Gina alerted us that the Zen Hospice Project's Guest House has suspended caregiving services at 273 Page St. (and Laguna).

Last month, the Zen Hospice Project disclosed in a letter that generating revenue to sustain the compassionate caregiving program has become increasingly challenging.

The Guest House, a licensed residential care facility for the chronically ill, housed those who usually had a life expectancy of six months or less. Opened in 1990 and renovated in 2010, it offered six beds with 24-hour care, seven days a week.

Photo: Zen Hospice Project/Yelp

Former executive director B.J. Miller, who is also a palliative care physician at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and a triple amputee, pioneered the model of palliative care, the New York Times Magazine reported last year. The Times also described the Guest House as a calm, unpretentious Victorian home.

"The lessons I get from my patients and their families, and from this work, is to enjoy this big, huge, mystical, crazy, beautiful, wacky world," Miller told the Times back then.

Photo: Zen Hospice Project/Yelp

Each room was equipped with a hospital bed and recliner lift chair. Residents were also given towels and basic toiletry items, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, while meals, including small snacks, were provided as well. Friends and family were allowed to visit residents of the facility every day, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The closure has yet to be announced on the Guest House's website, and Zen Hospice Project has not responded to Hoodline's request for comment.

Photo: Zen Hospice Project/Yelp

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