Who receives care at Maitri?

Maitri serves people severely debilitated by HIV/AIDS who are in need of either hospice care or 24-hour nursing care.

To provide revenue to sustain our AIDS-focused mission, we also offer one of our resident rooms (as available) for non-AIDS hospice applicants at a private-pay rate of $250/day. Please contact Our Program Director, Susan Canavan, at (415) 558.3006 or scanavan@maitrisf.org for more information.


Who do we contact to make a referral?

If you or a loved one, friend, or client would like more information about becoming a Maitri resident, Please contact our Program Director, Susan Canavan, at (415) 558.3006 or scanavan@maitrisf.org for more information.


Who can become a resident at Maitri?

Prospective residents should meet the following general admissions criteria:

  • have an AIDS diagnosis or disabling HIV
  • be a San Francisco resident
  • be 18 years or older
  • requires 24-hour nursing or hospice care
  • have annual income of less than $34,800 (Note: one room is available for residents with income greater than $34,800)
  • accept admissions agreement

For more information about becoming a resident, Please contact our Program Director, Susan Canavan, at (415) 558.3006 or scanavan@maitrisf.org for more information.



Maitri Residential Care Facility for People with HIV/AIDS

Maitri’s Mission Statement  

No one should have to suffer or die alone. Maitri provides compassionate residential care to men and women in need of hospice or 24-hour care and   cultivates the deepest respect and love for life among its residents and   caregivers.

At Maitri, we strive to provide the type of care that each of us would like to   receive at the end of our lives – care that is dignified, non-judgmental,   unconditional. We hold dear the principle that each resident has the right to   determine the degree of choice and awareness with which to experience life and

Our History

Maitri came into existence in 1987, when the Zen teacher Issan Dorsey of the   Hartford Street Zen Center took in a homeless student dying of AIDS. Located in   the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district, Maitri soon grew to become a model   eight-bed hospice, a place of solace in a community ravaged by AIDS. As the dynamics of the pandemic changed – new drugs had helped reduce mortality but   increased the number of patients living with severe debilitations – Maitri responded flexibly by doubling its capacity and extending care to non-hospice patients. This program expansion coincided with Maitri’s relocation to a state-  licensed, custom-designed facility in late 1997.

Whom We Serve

Maitri serves people severely debilitated by HIV/AIDS who are in need of either hospice care or 24-hour nursing care. Our goal is to provide a supportive, nurturing environment in which they can live life to the fullest. We are constantly inspired by our residents’ courage and love of life. They teach us about setting   priorities in our lives.

Three Levels of Care  Hospice:

Potential resident has been given 6-12 month prognosis and has agreed to hospice guidelines of palliative care.  End of Life:  Potential resident has been given similar prognosis as hospice but is choosing to pursue aggressive treatment with the need of 24 hour nursing care   and assistance with ADL’s. Respite:  Short term medical stabilization. For example: Stabilization on   Medication, Weight gain, Support during Chemotherapy etc. Respite stays begin at 90 days with specific goals discussed with the resident. The resident is   assessed prior to the end of his/her stay in case his/her respite period needs to be extended.

Admissions Policy

If you would like more information about a client or patient of yours becoming a Maitri resident, please contact Susan Canavan,  Program Director, at 415-558-  3006 or email at  scanavan@maitrisf.org

Admissions Criteria

Prospective residents should meet the following general admissions criteria:

  • have an AIDS diagnosis or disabling HIV
  • be a San Francisco resident
  • be 18 years or older
  • have 24-hour care need, skilled care need, or hospice care need
  • accept admissions agreement
  • have chest x-ray for TB within one month prior to admission.

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