While Orlando offers an array of superior healthcare services, it is one of the few major metropolitan areas without a free-standing hospice house.
Cornerstone Hospice will soon fill that void with construction of the new Cornerstone Orlando Hospice House that is expected to serve 1,200 patients each year.
Today dignitaries, community members, contractors and Cornerstone Hospice employees celebrated the start of the construction project with a Groundbreaking Ceremony, at the site of the new hospice house, located near downtown, at 51 West Kaley Street.
The Cornerstone Orlando Hospice House will feature:
- 20 private, home-like patient suites that can accommodate family members who want to stay with their loved ones for extended periods.
- A reflection room, commercial kitchen, outdoor courtyard, and other amenities geared toward the comfort and needs of patients and their visitors.
- Unlimited visiting hours for family and friends, including children and pets.
- Licensed and certified physicians, nurses and support staff who will provide 24/7 care and who are experts in pain and symptom management.
- Social workers, chaplains and volunteers who are trained to provide support to patients and their families.
“Most patients prefer to receive hospice care at home, but that is not always the best option. Those requiring acute symptom management may need inpatient care to maintain their comfort levels. Having to go to a hospital or nursing home can put an emotional and financial strain on the patient and family,” said Chuck Lee, CEO of Cornerstone Hospice. “Medical experts agree that Hospice Houses are a necessary component in providing the best end-of-life care and that is why Cornerstone Hospice is committed to providing this important level of care to the Orlando community.”
The 20,000 square foot facility is estimated to cost $12 million and is scheduled for completion Summer 2022.
An overview of the Cornerstone Hospice Orlando Hospice House can be found at the website https://OrlandoHospiceHouse.org.
The Orlando Hospice House is a community-funded effort, and the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation is offering naming opportunities. For information about supporting this project and other Cornerstone Hospice programs, please contact Carol Felder by calling 407-514-8204, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting https://CornerstoneHospcie.org.