In less than a year, hospice patients and their families in the Central U.P. will have a much-needed option for care. Trillium House will begin construction of an eight-room hospice house in a matter of weeks.
“When a terrific group of about 20 people came together almost five years ago to try and make this happen, we all dreamed of its success. Now close to 700 people, foundations, groups, and businesses have joined in to make it real. It’s truly a great day for all of us,” said Dan Mazzuchi, Trillium’s President.
The central is the only region of the U.P. not yet served by a hospice house. This creates a heart-rending problem for families when a dying loved one simply can’t stay safely and comfortably at home. Their only options have been a nursing home or the hospital. Trillium House is a brick and mortar solution patterned on hospice houses that have served other communities, including those in the U.P., for decades.
“As a provider of hospice care in the Central U.P. we have needed this option of Trillium House to help patients and their loved ones for a long time,” said Sharon Fries, Executive Director of U.P. Home Health & Hospice and Trillium’s Vice President.
Trillium House’s rooms are designed for one or more family members to stay overnight with their loved one and visitors will be welcome at any time, including pets and therapy animals. Trillium House will provide patients and their families with a large kitchen, dining room, and lounge as well as quiet spaces both inside the home and on the grounds for prayer and contemplation.
Trillium’s role is to provide for the daily needs of the dying including personal care, meals, assistance with medications as well as laundry and housekeeping. “We’ll become their home and extended family while they are with us. Our goal is let the family simply focus on being together, with no added stress from worrying about their loved one’s comfort and safety,” said Executive Director Pat Bray.
Each patient’s hospice doctor and care team will continue to see them while they are at Trillium just as if they were at home.
The organization will also be of great value to those who are able to care for a hospice patient at home but who would benefit from a respite. A patient will be able to stay at Trillium for a number of days, repeat providing their caregivers a much-needed break to catch up on sleep, attend to tasks that have had to be put aside, and to simply have a chance to truly relax.
Trillium House will operate using a daily care fee that will be discounted based on each patient’s ability to pay. No one will be turned away for financial reasons.
Construction will begin in July and is expected to take approximately 12 months. For more information or to make a gift contact Trillium House at 906-264-5026 or visit trilliumhospicehouse.org.