Barren County is underserved in terms of hospice care.
This was the message delivered to Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce members by Phil Marshall, president and CEO of Hosparus — a fully-accredited, nonprofit organization that specializes in comfort and counseling for people facing life-limiting illnesses in Kentucky and southern Indiana.
“We're now helping about 900 families and we're very blessed and humbled and proud to be an additional provider in the Barren River district,” Marshall said. “A few years ago the state really took a look at the areas of Kentucky that were under served with end-of-life care, and it happens that the Barren River district were well under served. The state said they wanted one additional provider to come into the area that has significant experience in hospice care to help provide care to additional families and supplement the other providers … not compete with, but supplement that care and help more patients and families.”
Doubling the efforts in healthcare is pivotal, Marshall said.
“That is extremely important … the state continues to raise the bar to make sure that enough people are getting access to end-of-life care, which is so important,” Marshall said. “End-of-life care can do a lot for a family. Our goal is to have a representative from every county within the Barren River area district, and to serve every district … all 10 counties.”
Marshall said hospice care is centered on one universal element — hope.
“End-of-life care is really about hope … we all hope our loved ones will spend their final days doing the things they enjoy … making life the best it can be,” Marshall said. “People tend to live longer in hospice care with a lot less pain.”
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