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OSF considering hospice center for Bloomington-Normal

Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:32:27 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

The director of the newly dedicated hospice care home in Peoria says OSF put up the home with an eye to building another. Felicia Schafer says OSF has also done a market study on the twin cities.

"The OSF Richard L. Owens home is the first. Honestly, Bloomington and Normal is a very likely option for us to go"

The state has authorized up to 12 hospice homes. There are currently only four. Hospice homes offer acute care expertise to the terminally ill to help manage pain and offer respite to caregivers on a temporary basis without putting the dying in a hospital or a nursing home. Schafer says the project plan for the home in Peoria could easily be used in Bloomington Normal. The largest hurdle to providing a facility to help make people more comfortable as they face end of life issues is money. Schafer says the Peoria home took eight to nine million dollars in donations to build and another three million for an endowment to offer care to those without insurance coverage or the ability to pay.

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