What is a Hospice Residence?
The Trillium House is an independent residence that provides a home and second-family to those who need it. The Hospice Residence does not provide Hospice care directly to patients. Instead hospice is provided by Community-based Hospices while they are living at Trillium House.
Who are you doing this for?
Trillium House’s eight patient rooms will be open to all hospice patients. It fills a need hospice providers in our community have seen for many years. While many patients choose to have hospice care at home, it is not a workable choice for others due to home’s design or size or an absence of appropriate personal care providers. Trillium House will be staffed appropriately and will rely on volunteers to provide assistance while the patient remains under their physician’s and hospice providers direct care.
Who owns it?
Trillium House is a non-profit organization so the community owns it. Its board of directors includes members from all three of our community’s hospice organizations, physicians, and others with experience in providing hospice care.
How will Trillium House be funded once it’s built?
Following the example of Omega House in Houghton, Trillium House will have a revenue structure that includes fees as well as solicitation of public support. Our planning is based on up to half of the annual operating expense being offset by fees while the other half will be generated by limited fund raising efforts. Omega House has succeeded in this way for many years and we believe our larger population base will allow Trillium House to as well. Also following in Omega House’s example we will keep operating costs to the minimum required to provide care and will rely on trained volunteers to a great degree.
As part of this fund drive we are targeting raising approximately $350,000 above the land and construction costs to provide an operating fund buffer while Trillium House begins to serve patients and their families.
Where will it be located?
Trillium House will be located on a beautiful six acre site just off McClellan past the 41 By-pass heading toward Marquette Mountain. The property is large enough for Trillium House, for landscaping and gardens, as well as expansion should that become necessary in the future. It meets all the criteria the Board established in looking for an appropriate site.
How are the hospice providers in the community involved?
All are represented on the Trillium Board. Each hospice provider will continue to serve their patients as they always have with the addition of having Trillium House available for patients who choose it. On average there are 350 patients receiving Hospice care in Marquette County and all providers expect Trillium House will be a highly valued addition to many hospice patients and their families.
When will Trillium House open?
Once sufficient funds are raised to cover the cost of construction the Trillium House will be open to patients in approximately 12 months.