Taylor County Gets Hospice Center

State officials have cited a critical need for end o -life care for patients in Taylor County. That is why the Covenant Hospice is coming to Perry.

Joe Dorn, the medical director of Covenant Hospice, says, "Rural areas tend to be patients who are elderly, who are ill; sometimes they fall through the cracks. That's where our focus is in using this office. We're going to be able to reach out to patients in their homes and facilities in this area."

The Tallahassee branch of the Covenant Hospice held the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Perry Community Support Center Friday. The center will be used by hospice nurses while in the area aiding those who are critically ill.

Cathy Dale, director of operations for Covenant Hospice, says, "Spiritual care with our full-time chaplain, social work, bereavement services, registered nurses, continuous care, which is around the clock nursing for patients that qualify."

Melissa Taylor, a care nurse, adds, "As we are out in the community, we're hearing more and more the need for people to come into the nursing homes and patients' homes to provide this type of care."

Hospice administrators say within two years the center will become a branch office where it would be fully staffed on a full-time basis, providing local patients and their loved ones with "a special kind of caring."

The Tallahassee branch Covenant Hospice serves eight counties.