Welcome to ABODE

ABODE provides a welcoming, peaceful home and unconditional loving care to our guests through the compassionate service of our community and volunteers.

Our Vision

Dying is a sacred time of life. Love, compassion, and a home matter to all who are dying; those whom we honor and from whom we learn. We serve the community as an educational resource in the art of contemplative living and dying.
Guest Stories

Our first guest, Scotty came to us late one evening, his family already at the ABODE home, awaiting his arrival. Scotty, 36, had cerebral palsy since birth and now was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the liver, lungs and bones. His family was unable to provide the necessary care in their home, so hospice suggested ABODE where he would be cared for 24 hours a day.

Scotty had always loved sports and was involved in Special Olympics himself since grade school. He loved coaching, supporting others and he and his Dad spent some of their closest times watching sports on T.V.– that was their special time together.

Scotty was very independent, even with his handicap. He never wanted to be driven anywhere – he took the bus no matter how many transfers he had to take.

Scotty’s sense of humor was still very much intact. He had been unable to swallow for several days when he arrived, but quickly asked the caregivers, “So, who is going to order the pizza?  Make mine pepperoni.”

Scotty’s Mom and Dad had very different requests for the hour of Scotty’s death.  Mom requested that she be called no matter what time – she wanted to be there at his death. Dad had the opposite request – he said he had seen too much death in Vietnam and didn’t want to see his son die.

Scotty was only with us for 24 hours. The day after he arrived, his parents arrived early morning, Mom was in the room with Scotty and Dad was grieving deeply in the “Quiet Room.” Dad came out a few hours later and joined his wife at the bedside. It was that moment that Scotty chose to take his last breath – with his loving parents by his side.

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      •  8619 Post Oak Ln
        San Antonio, Texas 78217
      •  (210) 967-9891
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      •  P.O. Box 47640
        San Antonio, TX 78265