End-Of-Life Hospice Facility Coming To Eastern Kentucky

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

It could make all the difference in the last hours of your loved one's life, but it comes with a price tag.

Hospice of the Bluegrass officials say a new end-of-life hospice facility is in Perry County's future and could serve thousands of patients in the mountains.

Hospice of the Bluegrass Mountain Community Director Monica Couch says she speaks from personal experience about taking care of a loved one in the days and hours before death.

“In the end of life the comfort of being in your own home is sometimes the most important thing to a lot of people,” Monica Couch said.

At Tuesday's Breathitt County Fiscal Court meeting, Couch explained that for those whose condition doesn't allow them to stay at home, the next best thing is the inpatient hospice in Lexington.

That trip is more than a two hour drive for many Eastern Kentuckians.

“When someone has only days or hours to live, a two hour travel time is a huge burden on them,” Couch said.

Couch says the solution is a hospice facility to be built in Hazard, serving Perry, Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, and Leslie Counties.

Breathitt's Fiscal Court is the third to approve Couch's request to help fund the project.

“They served 48 Breathitt Countians last year. Those people are individuals that are ready to die and that's a real good program for that individual and their families,” Harvey Jason Richardson said.

Estimates to complete the project range from five to six million dollars, and a portion of that would come from the five counties served.

Couch says the project is still in its planning stages, but state and federal funding is also an option.

Officials say it's too early to know how soon construction will begin on the new hospice, but they say it will sit next to the Hazard ARH.


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  • by Brenda Location: Floyd Co on Dec 19, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    I think this is a great ideal.
  • by MOM on Dec 19, 2007 at 07:31 AM
    I HOPE YOU GET THE FUNDING THAT YOU NEED TO BUILD THIS PLACE FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE NEAR THE END. THAT WAY THEY CAN HAVE A LITTLE FEEL OF HOME AND THERE FAMILYS TO. WHEN MY DAD PASSED HE WANTED TO COME HOME FOR HIS LAST FEW DAYS ,BUT THE HOSIPITAL WAS TO FAR AWAY, SO WE ALL HAD TO STAY IN A LITTLE ROOM ,WITH HIM , SO I WISH YOU ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD WITH THIS PLACE.
  • by DC Location: Hazard on Dec 19, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    Very few appalachian folks will object to a hospice facility, and very few will object to our tax dollars paying for one. That is, in no small part,because we love our family's dearly. Just make sure that the location is designed to serve THE PEOPLE, not line the pockets of ARH at the taxpayer's expense.One more thing. GOD BLESS the caring, loving folks that work for hospice. They can't be doing it just for the money.
  • by shirley Location: pineville on Dec 18, 2007 at 06:58 PM
    i hope hospice does get the assisants they need they are really good trust me they help me and my family out alot before my mother passed and we was able to be with her when shes passed thanks to all the hospice workers espically sherry again wish you the best of luck and thanks for everything

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