Sanctuary Hospice officially dug into a project that will bring its home hospice service to the house.
“It’s something we’ve been waiting for,” said Harold Plunkett, Sanctuary Hospice chief executive officer, as board members, volunteers and staff prepared to formally break ground on its new home hospice community building on Monday. “We’ve moved from dream to breaking ground.”
The 3,600 square-foot building will give Sanctuary’s Home Hospice service a space on its West Tupelo campus for the first time since its inception eight years ago, Plunkett said. It will also create a large classroom so the staff can meet together in one place and much needed storage space for clinical supplies.
Hospice services focus on providing holistic care to terminally ill patients who are expected to live six months are less. It focuses on controlling pain and symptoms so patients are comfortable and can spend time with family and friends. In all, Sanctuary has served more than 4,000 patients and families in hospice house and their homes.
Sanctuary Hospice was born out of community need to assist the dying who couldn’t receive hospice services at home because they didn’t have a caregiver who could meet their needs. The home hospice service began in 2009 to meet Medicare regulations that were waived while Sanctuary was part of a demonstration project.