Another home away from home

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

Levine & Dickson Hospice House is a true home away from home.  When you walk through the doors at LDHH in Huntersville, you see beautiful windows overlooking landscaped gardens, calming artwork, and couches that beg you to sink into them.  The patient rooms are large, soothing, and graciously comfortable.  It’s a place where patients and families can breathe a sigh of relief because it is completely unlike a hospital room or intensive care unit.  In fact, it’s the next best thing to being in their own homes.  We are so proud to offer this resource to our community and often wish we had additional beds available for the many other individuals who need us.

Well, now we do.

We’ve been bursting at the seams for months with an exciting announcement and we are finally ready to go public with it.  So here’s the big news: in December of this year, we are opening a second hospice inpatient unit in south Charlotte — Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster.  We will be partnering with the continuing care retirement community of that same name (Southminster, for those of you paying attention), to create ten two-room suites that will accommodate patients and their families.

Thanks (once again) to the two extremely generous foundations that have supported us in the past –the Leon Levine Foundation and the Dickson Foundation — we are turning 20 existing rooms at Southminster into the aforementioned suites.  And they will be the ultimate in convenience.  Each suite will have one patient room with an adjoining guest room that has a full bathroom, sleeper sofa, and other amenities.  Family members will be able to spend the night with their loved one (on a piece of furniture that is not a chair!), have a closet to store their belongings, and have their own space to gather when their loved one is resting.

So why are we doing this?  Well, for a bunch of reasons.  As I mentioned before, we want to offer a bed to anyone in our community with a terminal illness who might need us.  But besides that, we recognize that the population in the Charlotte region is growing rapidly and the age of our residents is increasing as well.  As such, we want to be able to meet the rising demand for quality end-of-life care.  Having another location at Southminster (which is conveniently located near several area hospitals) will allow us to care for those who are unable, for whatever reason, to travel to Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville.

This is all very exciting, don’t you think?  We are currently in the construction phase, turning those 20 rooms into suites.  We are also in the fundraising phase, offering commemorative naming opportunities for patient suites and family rooms to offset said construction costs.  (You’ll want to talk to Cindy Clark, our VP of Development, to snap up one of those opportunities!)

But before long, we’ll be in the phase we like best — the caring phase.  That’s when we’ll be helping patients get their symptoms and pain under control.  We’ll be guiding family members through the complicated medical system.  We’ll be offering counseling and education to families who are overwhelmed by all the decisions that must be made.  And we’ll be doing it all in our newest home away from home.  Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster.

Seeing a need.  Filling a need.  And offering yet another resource to the community we serve.  Bet you can’t wait to see what we wish for next!

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2 Comments on “Another home away from home”

  1. […] In December, we held eight Light Up A Life Interfaith Memorial Services.  We sold lots of Commemorative Bells and Lights to honor the many patients and families who have been under our care.  And (drum roll please!) we accepted our  very first patients at our brand spanking new Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster. […]

  2. […] volunteer, Suzanne Smith, who has been coordinating donations for our new inpatient hospice unit, Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster.  Suzanne has put her creative abilities to use and has acquired some much-needed resources for […]

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