Hartley home provides comfort in last days
By Robin Scott
Hartley is the home for a new and innovative facility that provides end of life care. The home strives to create an environment for patients and their families that include both medical and spiritual aspects. The home is sponsored by Holy Family Ministry Center and is made possible due to the generous donations of time, materials, labor and money from the community. The Holy Family Ministry Center sits adjacent to the home and both are within sight of the Divine Mercy Prayer Gardens.
Located at 1270 Central in Hartley, Loreto on the Plains Personal Care Home is the fruition of the long time dream of directors Nan Weber, LVN and Ed Weber, CNA. The Weber’s have championed the home’s success for years and were at every incremental step in the process, overseeing all of the details from its location to building to furnishing.
The home provides a very comforting and unique experience for patients. The beautifully decorated and spacious rooms are soothing and functional. Oversized bathrooms with walk-in showers were specifically designed for ease of use. Each patient can lay or sit and listen to the sounds of trickling water that flows from an indoor fountain. Just down the hall is the dining room where meals may be enjoyed and comfort foods are continually provided. The dining room boasts a lovely fireplace and a spectacular view to green pasture in the back of the property.
Loreto offers care for the sick, terminally ill, hospice patients, loved ones who are not yet ready to return home after hospitalization, respite care and other care on a case-by-case basis. Care includes professional nursing, pain control and non-drug therapies, private rooms, handicapped equipped, delicious home cooked meals, recreational activities, trained certified volunteers and a family-friendly environment. And perhaps the facilities most revered care is its unification of meeting medical and comfort needs with spiritual care.
The volunteers at Loreto are an integral part of the home’s success. Volunteers participate in training that teach them about assisting patients with greater sensitivity, recognizing behaviors that are associated with certain illnesses, recognizing changes in behavior and condition of patients that might require attention, recognizing changes in caregivers and family members that may impede effectiveness, understand how empathy may benefit the patient and learn to communicate effectively with the patient and address the patient’s concerns with their primary caregiver. The comprehensive 36-hour training includes six hours of “hands on” training.
A great amount of the funding necessary to build Loreto came from area residents, concerned citizens and area churches. The home was built through the time, toil and labor of members of the community as well. As funds became available more work was done on the property over a four-year period. Those families and business that have contributed to the home have their names inscribed on “The Giving Tree” located on the wall of the foyer and the first sight to greet visitors.
Loreto is based upon the principals of Catholic Care Giving and a philosophy that caring for a loved one is a vocation and a calling from God. The method of care includes an awareness of the presence of God, fostered by a turning to both formal and informal prayer. Loreto has a Chapel located within the home for prayer and comfort to both patients and family members. Care at Loreto is also based on “pro-life” principals and life is cherished at the home, regardless of the stage of a person’s life.
All patients are welcome at Loreto regardless of religion. The philosophy at Loreto is that the sanctity of every human life must be protected and in a world where it may seem easier, even more humane to encourage the sick, aging and decrepit to hurry their passing, Loreto offers a safe haven that provides comfort, medical support and prayer. The home and its staff honor a patient’s need for comfort, treatment and privacy, as well as providing a sense of belonging within a loving and faithful environment.
For more information about Loreto on the Plains Personal Care Home call 365-4651.