StarTribune reports that after years of planning and raising funds, Crescent Cove is celebrating the opening of a respite and hospice home for children with life-threatening and life-shortening illnesses overlooking Twin Lakes in Brooklyn Center. It is the first facility of its kind in the region and only the third in the country. Crescent Cove marked the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours at the home .
The home is able to accommodate six patients at a time for respite stays and end-of-life care. It also has a suite outfitted for family and friends.
The 2,045 square metre facility will also provide hospice care in a nurturing setting for families who must often choose between a child dying in the hospital or at home.
Katie Lindenfelser, who founded Crescent Cove in 2009, described the home as a “dream come true.”
Families can begin to use the centre’s respite care in January, with hospice care expected to begin next spring or summer, Lindenfelser said.
The home’s services will be available to families at no cost, with the nonprofit relying on donations, grants and fundraising efforts. A campaign is underway to rally funds, with annual operating expenses for round-the-clock nursing care at the home expected to total about $2.1 million.
The need is great for this kind of facility, said Dr. Michele Peterson, a paediatrician who is also on the nonprofit’s board.
“I don’t think it’s going to be hard to fill this place at all,” Peterson said.
Crescent Cove has already helped more than 80 families this year through outreach like delivering meals and offering counseling support.
Read the report here.