The dream became a reality with the opening in August of LifeCare Hospice's Donald W. and Shirley A. Buehler Care Facility, 1900 Akron Rd. The boxes are - for the most part - unpacked, and staff is busily preparing for upcoming safety surveys that will certify the facility to admit patients.
The 12-bed Stanley C. and Flo K. Gault Inpatient Unit features private patient rooms overlooking woods and a pond. Each room features sleeping accommodations for a family member as well access to an individual patio designed so that a patient's bed may be moved to the out-of-doors. Families are invited make use of the sun room, screened porch, family lounges, great room, laundry room, shower, and chapel while they are in residence with their loved one. A special "Kids' Care Center" is set aside for children who need a little time away just to be a kid.
"We wanted to create a place of peace and comfort that's just like home," says Executive Director Colleen Nettleton. "I think we've reached that goal and look forward to caring for patients and families in this very special place for years to come."