By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
The work to expand Sanctuary Hospice House is nearly complete.
Construction is finished on the new eight-bed wing, along with expanded kitchen, storage and office facilities as part of the $1.2 million campaign provided by the community and a portion of the proceeds from 2011 Celebration Village.
“Now we’ll renovate the existing wings,” said administrator Linda Gholston, which need fresh paint and carpet and reconfigured nurses stations.
Moving from 16 to 24 rooms this winter will allow the hospice house to serve about another 100 people a year.
“Our community has been so generous to us,” Gholston said.
This year’s Celebration Village proceeds will go to fund the house’s operation with the exception of corporate gifts that were specifically dedicated to the expansion project, Gholston said.
Sanctuary will need some assistance covering the cost for renovating the existing wings and adding landscaping around the new wing, Gholston said.
Already the community has stepped up to help pay for special beds designed to address the needs of those who are bed-bound and have difficulty moving.
“We would like people to spend their last days in the most comfortable beds possible,” Gholston said. “Through the generosity of the community, we’ve been able to buy those.”