FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Our House a hospice?

 

No, although the Our House program has the ability to provide end of life care, it is not specifically a hospice.

 

How is a person admitted to one of your programs?

 

Our House - 24-hour Licensed Nursing services

  1. HIV diagnosis.

  2. Evidence of no communicable TB.

  3. The need for a nurse 24 hours as evidenced by any one of the following:

    • Repeated hospitalizations/ER visits within the past 3 months

    • Inability to manage complex medication regime

    • Change of condition resulting in new or deteriorating ADL deficits

    • Complex care plan due to unstable condition/symptoms

    • Uncontrolled pain or other symptoms (fatigue, nausea, etc…)

    • Unexplained weight loss or gain

    • Severe dementia or behavioral issues that contribute to decreased management of any of the above issues

    • Insurance coverage:  Medicaid eligibility or private insurance that will contract for needed services

    • Method of payment for Room and Board

  4. Must meet income restrictions under Our House funding agreements.

  5. Additional assessments may be required.

 

 

NHCP - In-home services

Clients can refer themselves or are referred by community providers. NHCP staff will evaluate for services based on assessed needs and client goals. Services are provided at negotiated times in the client’s home or community setting.

 

Esther’s Pantry - Foodbank and personal care items

1. HIV diagnosis.
2. Monthly income of less than $1,926 (one person in the household; add $682 for each additional person) (185% of the federal poverty guidelines) for pet care. The pet care program is limited to current clients only. No new clients.

 

Tod’s Corner - Clothing and household items

1. HIV diagnosis.

2. Monthly income of less than $1,926 (one person in the household; add $682 for each additional person) (185% of the federal poverty guidelines) for pet care. The pet care program is limited to current clients only. No new clients. 

 

What role do volunteers play in your organization?

Our volunteers are at the heart of our organization and community. They provide services including cooking, laundry, facility maintenance tasks, reception, gardening, massage, spiritual consultation, personal care, and companionship. Interested in volunteering? Then head over to our volunteer page to learn about our current opportunities to get involved!

 

What is the difference between ‘Our House’ and ‘Our House of Portland’?

‘Our House of Portland’ is the historical name of our organization before we merged with Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) in 2022. As part of CAP, we run two programs for serving low-income people living with HIV: the Our House Residential Care Facility (Our House) and the Neighborhood Housing & Care Program (NHCP). 

 

‘Our House’ is our 24-hour specialized care facility located in Portland, Oregon. Our House has the capacity to serve 14 residents living with HIV.

 

NHCP provides in-home services and housing assistance to those living with HIV in our community. NHCP encourages independent living in a safe, stable and healthy environment.