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Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice Buffalo have officially opened One Special Place, a 22-bed wing at the facility at 1014 Delaware Ave.

One Special Place is Hospice Buffalo’s first dedicated unit within a long-term care facility and the only such unit in Erie County.

“Hospice Buffalo and Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center share a common vision of two organizations corroboratively providing a more comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of individuals and families,” Delaware administrator Randy Gerlach said in a news release. “One Special Place offers a setting for individuals who choose a path other than aggressive treatment for their end of life care. Together with Hospice Buffalo, we want to empower individuals to make decisions regarding their course of treatment as it relates to their terminal illness. One Special Place allows these individuals to achieve the highest functional level within their terminal diagnosis consistent with their wishes.”

The new wing on the third floor consists of private and semiprivate rooms uniquely designed to reflect a nurturing, homelike environment for both patients and their families to enjoy.

Hospice Buffalo provides medical care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals with serious illness and their families throughout Erie County. More than 700 patients are cared for in homes, hospitals, inpatient units, assisted living and long-term care facilities.

Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 200-bed skilled nursing facility.