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Solon Retirement Village seeks support for palliative care unit

SOLON– The Solon Retirement Village (SRV) is in the process of applying for a certificate of need, from the state, to add a four-bed palliative care unit to the campus. As part of the application process, letters of support are being requested from the following groups/individuals with a hard deadline of Wednesday, June 21.
It is recommended applicants obtain as many support letters as possible, including letters from the following:
• Family members of individuals who had to leave the community in recent years for end-of-life care.
• Current residents of SRV or their family members.
• Local medical providers (i.e. doctors, nurses) who have first-hand experience with the lack of available end-of-life options in the community.
• Local hospice organizations.
• Community leaders (i.e. mayor, city council members, chamber of commerce).
• Local business leaders.
• Owners or leaders of other independent living, assisted living, or nursing facilities in the area.
“End of life is a time when residents need more support and may have greater numbers of family and visitors. Many of our nursing home rooms are not able to comfortably accommodate large numbers of visitors and our desire is to provide a more appropriate setting where families can spend time together without restriction,” explained Christine Cross, Solon Retirement Village assisted living manager.
Plans include four large, private rooms to accommodate overnight visitors as well as a chapel, separate family room and nourishment station.
“Beyond our campus, there is also an identified need in the greater Johnson County area for palliative care with 24-hour nursing assistance,” Cross said. We want to bridge that gap and continue our mission of caring for our community.”
Letters for the cause may be addressed to the Certificate of Need Council and dropped off at the care center prior to the June 21 deadline.