Enter the Forest House and you will experience the outdoors from the inside. Nature abounds within the home, featuring five fully furnished tree-themed private rooms, each with their own special nature inspired décor. The house offers a holistic and healing environment. Gentle tones of healing music and a soothing fragrance of aromatherapy linger throughout. Surrounding the house are lush, peaceful gardens that bring about a calming effect to the residents and their visiting loved ones.
The Forest House is fully staffed with 24-hour caregivers and all the services that hospice care offers. We provide a low patient to caregiver ratio for maximum attentiveness and care. Accommodations serve terminally ill patients who lack adequate caregiver resources in their own homes and need assistance as they make their end-of-life journey. Room and board are available on a sliding fee scale. Limited financial assistance is also available thanks to charitable contributions from the community.
The Forest House is a collaborative effort between Vista Hospice, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation and Northern Arizona Healthcare. Vista Hospice provides care for the residents under a leased property agreement with Northern Arizona Healthcare. The Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation served as the primary facilitator for a donation made by the Loven family to revitalize the house to its present condition. The Forest House is located at 220 W. Forest Avenue in Flagstaff.
Dedicated to Elaine Loven
The Forest House is dedicated to the loving memory of Elaine Loven. Elaine’s journey in life was vibrant and adventure filled. She was, and still is, an inspiration to all of those who were blessed to know her. Elaine was a dedicated partner, animal lover, and the essence of caring!
Elaine was born on October 4, 1966 in Plainview, Texas. In 1967, her family gave up the “plain view” and moved to Flagstaff. During her childhood, Elaine was involved in many activities and clubs. She was the best sister ever and was a catalyst of spunkiness and mischief for her family and all of those around her. Her laugh and smile were contagious.
Prior to college, Elaine spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany learning German. She returned to Flagstaff and began her college education at Northern Arizona University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in German and a minor in Accounting. She received a scholarship to study abroad and spent a semester at Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany. She graduated cum laude from NAU in 1992. After graduation, Elaine began her career in construction, ultimately helping her brother, Mike Loven, build his business. Elaine became loved by both clients and employees. She was famous for running a “tight ship”, her accounting accuracy, an endless stream of employee memos, but most importantly for being the bright light that shined every day. After twelve years of dedication to Loven Contracting, she was ready for a new adventure.
Elaine retired in 2006 to fulfill her lifelong dream of living by the ocean and chose to do so in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. While her dream was cut short due to breast cancer, she never lost her sense of humor, her zest for life, and being the voice of reason with her siblings! After a courageous two year battle, Elaine passed away on July 20, 2009 at the age of 42.
Elaine is missed every day, and continues to be the source of many stories and much laughter. This home honors her strong commitment to helping families in the community.