|The Adler Center for Caring, located at Route 50 and Gum Spring Road in Stone Ridge, will open by the end of this month. Photos Courtesy/Adler Center for Caring|
After serving patients with life-limiting illnesses in Northern Virginia for more than 35 years, Capital Caring is expanding its services and opening a new center in Loudoun County.
The new Adler Center for Caring will officially open at Route 50 and Gum Spring Road in Stone Ridge by the end of this month.
Featuring 14 in-patient rooms, the state-of-the-art, 48,000-square-foot facility will also serve as a Pain and Palliative Care Clinic for non-hospice patients, and will have additional office space for home care teams.
Capital Caring has seen the demand for hospice care rise by 40 percent in the last three years.
"We felt the need for another in-patient hospice in our area," said Linda Rawlett, general manager of the Adler Campus. She explained that Capital Caring is a nonprofit organization that serves patients with or without insurance.
The project was hatched by retired physician Jack Fox, who felt that the Halquist Memorial Center in Arlington was too far for Loudoun families to travel for hospice care and often has a wait-list.
This will be the first in-patient hospice center in Loudoun.
Financing the $15 million Adler Center came entirely through private donations. Key contributions included Van Metre Homes, which donated the land for the facility, $3 million from Len and Dale Adler, as well as over $2 million raised through The Daffodil Ball.
Each of the in-patient private rooms has special amenities, such as French doors that open to a patio or balcony, folding twin beds so family members can stay the night, flat screen TVs and a country kitchen where families can gather and bring food. There is also space for quiet family time and a playroom for children.
Malene Davis, president and CEO of Capital Caring said, “our commitment is to care for those family members entrusted to our care as if they were our own. Our vision of world-class care will be realized at the Adler Center for Caring on the Van Metre Campus. This is a much needed place for the community, and it will be a home-like environment offering the most innovative advanced illness care. You'll feel the warmth and love that inspired this building from the moment you walk in.”
Rawlett said they currently have recruited more than 100 volunteers, but they're always looking for more help to provide the special added touches and personal approach to care at the center.
The lower level consolidated offices will provide work space for 180 Loudoun and Prince William County home care employees who serve over 300 patients.
Capital Caring currently serves 1,200 patients a day in the Northern Virginia area.
Dr. Michael Byas-Smith, the medical director for Adler Campus who recently relocated from Emory University in Atlanta, said the Pain and Palliative Care Center will be able to provide outpatient services to patients who have any kind of advanced disease process, particularly pain management.
"The goal is to have the symptoms managed for three to five days on average and then the patient is released to go home," Byas-Smith said. "This is much more convenient and less time-consuming, providing rapid access to care," Byas-Smith added.
"We can do procedures for out of control pain providing a more aggressive approach to help intervention," Byas-Smith said.
Byas-Smith said they will be offering a full range of palliative care services for young and old people who have advanced disease trauma and with pain that prevents them from moving on in life.
“This is not a place where people go to die, it is like a hospital. We want people to come here and return to their homes,” Byas-Smith said.
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