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VITAS Dedicates Inpatient Hospice Unit

Monday February 8, 2010
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VITAS Innovative Hospice Care’s new inpatient hospice unit at Courtenay Springs Village in Merritt Island offers patients and their families a more complete range of options in hospice care.

VITAS’ 14-private bed inpatient hospice unit will provide care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

“The décor is home-like, we have 24/7 visiting hours and room for family members to stay the night. At the same time, we’re always providing patients with the highest level of care,” Rebecca Mott, RN, VITAS patient care administrator, said in a news release. “Home, rather than the hospital, is where most hospice patients want to be. But sometimes the illness makes that difficult. This inpatient unit, solely staffed by VITAS professional care providers, is ‘a home away from home.’”

The unit uses soothing colors, homey patterns and comfortable furniture, like rocker-recliners, to ensure a non-institutional environment for patients and their family members. Local Brevard County artists provided the artwork throughout the unit. The unit’s family room, with its TV and children’s area, invites conversation and visiting. There are facilities for families to prepare special meals, or they can use the dining facilities located in Courtenay Towers. A quiet room inspires introspection and adds to the peaceful environment. Courtenay Towers offers model apartments that are available to out-of-town family members for brief stays.