The ground's been broken for Community Hospice's new expansion. The five extra rooms will bring the total to 15 for terminally ill patients from six area counties.
Walter Stevens is at the bedside of his wife of 55 years. She's terminally ill with cancer. Mr. Stevens says, "this is a much better place for her than a hospital. . For someone to spend their last days, yes it is."
Some patients come to the Care Center for symptom or pain management before returning home; others are admitted to help families with the transition to end of life care.
Community Hospice, located off Blackburn Avenue in Ashland, is the first free standing hospice in Kentucky! Only four years old, there's already a need to expand. The Care Center will at 4,300 square feet with five new patient rooms.
Beth Taylor is the director of development and community relations. She says, "The need has grown faster than we anticipated."
Community Hospice serves more than 800 patients a year in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Lawrence and Elliott counties in Kentucky, along with Lawrence County, Ohio.
The hope is to have the new addition finished in November. Regardless of where you live, if you'd like more information about hospice and it's philosophy, it's best to ask your local doctor.