Among the trees and gently sloping hills of Bonita sits Sharp HospiceCare’s BonitaView home. The state-licensed facility is the first of its kind in San Diego’s South Bay for end-of-life care designed around the needs of patients and their families.
Upon arrival at BonitaView, visitors are greeted with an open, airy living space highlighted by natural, warm interior colors and a vaulted timber ceiling. The spacious patient rooms feature comfy sleep chairs for guests who wish to stay with their loved one overnight, and each patient bed is adorned with a colorful quilt and teddy bear.
Built from the ground up, and funded entirely through charitable contributions to Grossmont Hospital Foundation totaling $3 million, BonitaView home features more than 5,600 square feet of living space with six patient rooms with private patios. The home includes a living room, kitchen, dining room, library, meditation room and a wheelchair-accessible garden patio perched above a tree-lined river valley and dotted with lemon trees.
All of the architecture and decor at BonitaView home was planned with attention to Bonita’s historical values — incorporating arched windows, stucco and clay tiles in the hacienda-style estate.
“This home is a sacred place for those making life’s final journey,” says Suzi K. Johnson, vice president of Sharp HospiceCare. “We are proud to now offer families in the South Bay access to Sharp HospiceCare’s compassionate end-of-life care in a warm, homelike setting.”
The idea behind BonitaView home, like Sharp HospiceCare’s other residences — LakeView in La Mesa and ParkView in Del Cerro — is to provide understanding, expertise, guidance, and medical and emotional support at the end of a loved one’s life.
A team of registered nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors, spiritual care counselors, certified home health aides, volunteers and doctors cares for patients and their families.
“Our hospice residences are designed to bring peace of mind and comfort for both our patients and their families,” says Laura Grayson, manager of Sharp HospiceCare residences. “Being transferred to a hospice facility can be daunting for the patient and family. But when they walk through our doors, and see the soothing home environment and exceptional care they will receive, a sense of relief and reassurance comes over them. BonitaView becomes their home away from home, and we feel honored to be a part of families’ lives during such an important transitional time.”