A Maui Hospice Facility Planned for Wailuku

October 14, 2011

Hospice Maui Inc. is now planning a 12-room, $6.3 million facility near its offices at 400 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. Throughout its history, Hospice Maui has provided residents with at-home professional nursing care, social workers and therapists so that those with terminal diseases can die comfortably and with dignity. This wonderful non-profit has helped countless families and individuals on Maui for over thirty years, and their new plans will provide an even stronger support system for the community if all goes well with the project.

For their new facility, they have raised $850,000 in private donations since January, and $750,000 from the county and the state. According to their Chief Executive, Officer Greg LaGoy, they expect to receive the same amount from the government next year.

The facility, which should create about a dozen more jobs, will be called Hale Ho’olu’olu, which is means “A Place for Comfort,” and will include not only outpatient services, but at least two dozen professional caregivers.

Although Hospice is a non-profit, their limited funding requires $400 per day from patients and their families, but this is a far cry from the $1,200 per day that a hospital costs, so their organization is cherished by those who could not afford or don’t prefer hospital care. Their new facility is also intended to provide a much more homelike, comfortable environment than a hospital would. There are plenty such facilities all over the nation, but this would be the first of its kind on Maui.

According to LaGoy, “The staff is trained exclusively to make people feel comfortable and to address their every need or concern from the spiritual to the financial.”

We hope everything goes smoothly with the creation of this facility, and look forward to its future contributions to the well-being of the Maui community. If you’d like more information, visit www.hospicemaui.org.

Maui is, itself, a ho’olu’olu, and that is why it is such a favorite location among retirees. If you have put in your hard work and you’re just looking to a place where you can relax and bask in the glowing tropical sun on beautiful beaches, visit luxurious spas and enjoy fine cuisine, you might like to browse South Maui real estate where you can find exquisite beachfront homes and charming condos in Kihei, Wailea and Maalaea.

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