Two plantation homes just steps from Dole Square are in the final stages of a transformation that continues to push the evolution of health care on Lanai.
After months of renovation, Hospice Hawaii’s Hope House and Venture Physical Therapy will soon open their doors to the community. There is an excitement and anticipation as staff members move equipment and prepare rooms to welcome patients and their families in a few short weeks.
Bringing Hope to Community
While Hospice Hawaii will continue to offer home-based care for the terminally ill, Hope House is a permanent space for patients to receive respite care, round-the-clock nursing and pain management that families simply cannot offer at home.
“We do everything we can to support the family and patient when it comes to how and where they receive care,” said Melissa Champlin, RN-CHPN, Hospice Hawaii-Lanai’s patient care manager.
“The greatest gift of bringing hospice services to Lanai — what families have been so appreciative of — is bringing people home to be surrounded by their pets and loved ones at the end.”
Venturing Into New Territory
Next door to Hope House, Venture Physical Therapy is another relative newcomer to the Lanai health scene. Owner Ted Anderson, DPT, OCS, and his team provide physical and occupational therapy that promotes mobility, restores function and improves quality of life for patients young and old.
Since 2013, Anderson has grown his Lanai practice from a handful of clients to nearly 50 appointments per week. The new facility is larger than his current office inside Lanai Community Health Center, and will provide the space and privacy needed to accommodate his growing client base.
Anderson is looking forward to adding services that aren’t currently offered in the community. The new Venture office plans to bring in cardio and weight equipment for the public, and offer massage therapy as well as therapeutic exercise classes.