By Kevin Kelley
The Ames Family Hospice House, located near the intersection of Crocker and Clemens roads, is still on schedule to open in June, according to Bill Finn, CEO of Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Finn spoke Nov. 16 at a volunteer appreciation luncheon at the Westlake Holiday Inn for hospice volunteers and community supporters. The daylong program included continuing education sessions for hospice employees and trolley tours of the Ames Family Hospice House construction site.
The demand for end-of-life care provided by hospice will increase as baby boomers age, Finn said.
“They’re going to want to have control over how they live up to the moment they die,” Finn said during his luncheon remarks. Organizations such as the Hospice of the Western Reserve can help provide that control, he said.
Named after donors Chuck and Jay Ames, the new 32-bed facility will house patients who need intensive short-term symptom management and those who cannot be cared for at home.
Built on a 30-acre wooded property, the facility will give Hospice of the Western Reserve a greater West Side presence, Finn said, and make it easier for families to visit and stay with loved ones. The organization owns a 42-bed facility on East 185th Street in Cleveland, secures beds in area nursing homes and provides services for patients in their homes.
The Westlake facility was designed as a “home away from home” for terminally ill patients, Finn said.
“Special care was given to design this new house with patients and families in mind,” Finn said. “It will feature patient suites, comfortable furnishings, hidden medical equipment and large doorways that allow beds to roll onto outdoor patios and screened porches.”
Hospice of the Western Reserve officials are seeking silver-level LEED environmental certification for the $19 million building from the U.S. Green Building Council.
(Editor’s note: As part of West Life’s community involvement effort, Kelley serves on Hospice of the Western Reserve’s community advisory committee.)