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The Ruth Wood Open Arms House

Jun 30, 2019 11:00AM ● By Emily Miranda

With Dignity & Love

July 2019
Story by Emily J. Miranda
Photos courtesy of The Ruth Wood Open Arms House

DECIDING HOW to care for a loved one in their final days is a difficult conversation, but the Ruth Wood Open Arms House’s mission is to support weary families facing the inevitable. Under Executive Director Sabrina Jimenez, the Visalia nonprofit prioritizes the comfort and freedoms of its residents, ensuring each is in the best care setting and able to live out their last days in peace.

“We had the most beautiful experience during a very sad time,” shares the family of past resident Lorry Toledo. “The minute my mom entered Open Arms she was taken care of with great kindness, dignity and love. We will cherish their kindness always and forever.” 

What makes the Open Arms team different is its personal form of hospice care, treating residents as guests rather than patients. The nonprofit also provides education and support for residents and their families during their stay, along with personal hygiene care, assistance with medication, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, comfort care and symptom management. 

“We could never have imagined a place where every little detail was recognized and attended to.  From the minute we entered the Ruth Wood Open Arms House we felt loved,” says the family of past resident Shirly Sola.

“Not only did they care for our loved one but our whole family was welcomed with ‘Open Arms’.” 

In addition to end-of-life care, the nonprofit offers respite care to hospice patients meeting the admission criteria, as well as to families in need of a break from caregiving responsibilities. Respite care is also available to people in need of 24-hour care while recovering from surgery or medical procedures such as a stroke, knee or hip replacement.  

“The Open Arms House was a blessing and answer to prayers for Mick and our family,” says Linda Huerta, whose brother, Mick Loeffler, was an Open Arms resident. “We know he was thankful to be here and appreciated the kind and respectful care given to him from the time of our arrival throughout his stay and final, peaceful passing.”

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