Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice
The Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice brings a new level of quality hospice care and end-of-life education and training to the greater Milwaukee community.
The hospice has outdoor gardens and paths accessible to every patient room and also in public spaces, so that nature can be a part of the hospice care the patient and family during their stay. The patient courtyard is surrounded on all sides with windows for interior views. The courtyard also has French doors to allow patients an opportunity to stroll the gardens.
18 patient rooms, each with their own bathroom and patio, are adaptable to the patient's and family's needs. Patients can be wheeled out onto their own personal patio for a view of the woodland paths and gardens. Family members who need to keep in contact with the outside have access to the internet. Framed artwork over the patient bed hide medical equipment that can be made available to patients if necessary.
Each of the 3 patient wings has a sunroom where family and patients can enjoy a quiet moment.
The design includes:
- dining area
- living/family room
- full kitchen
- family and patient activity space
- private sleeping and socializing areas for each patient.
All ages are admitted. Three levels of care — acute pain and symptom management, respite, and residence — are provided.
In order to advance the Aurora VNA's collaboration with Marquette University College of Nursing, class and conference rooms for the Institute for End of Life Care Education are also located at the Hospice.
The decision to build the center was based on 2 years of research and planning, including site visits to 14 comparable facilities in Wisconsin and four other states. The team found that inpatient hospice care in southeastern Wisconsin is inadequate, with only two free-standing hospices and two hospital-based hospices serving a population of over one million people.
A place of comfort and peace
This hospice care center looks like a gracious home and visitors of all ages will be welcome at all times. Special features include:
- home-like furnishings
- private rooms with bath
- ability to personalize each room
- access to the out-of-doors
- a kitchen and dining room that can accommodate special family meals
- a resource library
- support groups
- nutritional consultation
- a chapel and quiet room for prayer and reflection
- family/community rooms
- children's play room
Patients are able to complete their life's journey with dignity and compassion, surrounded by loved ones whose needs are also cared for.