After two months of fund-raising employees of the Whitesburg Wal-Mart were eager to present two representatives of Hospice of the Bluegrass- Mountain Community with a $5,000 check to help fund a new free-standing inpatient facility in Hazard.
“This organization supports Letcher County,” said Earline Delph, store manager of the Whitesburg Wal- Mart. “We just felt like this is a very worthwhile organization.”
Delph said Wal-Mart employees held dinners and came up with various fund-raisers to help Hospice of the Bluegrass- Mountain Community.
“We all have been touched by Hospice in different ways,” said Delph.
The 20,000-square footfacility, which will be located on 3.8 acres of land on Miss Edna Lane in Hazard, will be the first of its kind for Hospice of the Bluegrass and a first for southeastern Kentucky.
Monica Couch, director of Hospice of the Bluegrass- Mountain Community said Whitesburg architect Bill Richardson created the building design based on the most up-to-date research regarding how to make the end of life as comfortable and meaningful as possible.
The proposed design includes 12 home-like patient rooms with space for visitors and additional areas for family members to stay overnight. The $6.5 million facility will also contain dining facilities and support service offices.
Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community serves Breathitt, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Morgan, Perry and Wolfe counties. Financial support is being sought from a number of resources, including federal and state governments, as well as local residents, companies and foundations.
When a person has been given a prognosis of six months or less to live, he or she can be referred to hospice care. The dying patient is then assigned a team that consists of doctors, nurses, chaplains, nurse’s aids, bereavement counselors, social workers and trained volunteers. A hospice patient receives visits in their home, at the hospital or in a nursing home.
The goal of hospice is to support the patient and family so the patient can live as fully and comfortably as possible until the end of his or her life.
The new free-standing inpatient facility is available for three major circumstances: when a patient’s symptoms are not manageable in a home setting; when family members are unable to provide necessary care for a patient in a home; and when the patient is in the last few days of life.
For more information on the facility or hospice care, contact the Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community office at (800) 560-1101.