Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — The Martin-Linsin Residence and the next step for Hospice of Orleans were celebrated Thursday in a well-attended reception at the soon-to-open facility.
Hundreds packed the atrium, kitchen, living room areas and spilled out into the hallways as Hospice officials remarked at how far the organization has come. The $2.2 million, eight-suite residence provides a level of service that normally isn’t seen in a community the size of Orleans County.
“It might be said that we’re too small to have something like this,” Hospice of Orleans Executive Director Mary Anne Fisher said. “But Orleans County deserves this ... and it’s possible because of your caring hearts.”
Hospice of Orleans has touched hundreds of lives by providing in-home and in-hospital services, but the desire to provide a space for those whose needed level of care exceeded their capacity to help has been longly held. Hospice of Orleans Board of Directors President Sheila Myer said the addition of the residence could help local people benefit from Hospice’s work longer by providing longer-term services.
“They can now get services earlier,” Myer said. “I’m so glad that people can see the house today, the environment. It’s a very supportive, loving environment.”
A feeling of home is felt throughout the residence. While the facility includes everything for 24/7 care, the emphasis is on independence. Resident’s rooms are ready to be personalized, with all of the hints of help hidden — the oxygen connection is camoflauged behind a sliding piece of framed artwork and medicine will be kept in a closeted safe, not taken around on a cart.
“It’s not meant to be a medical facility, it’s a home away from home,” Hospice of Orleans Development Director Cora Goyette said. “Hospice helps people come to terms with life, it’s about how you chose to live.”