Facing a fourfold increase in the demand for its services, Statesville-based Community Home Care and Hospice has moved to a larger office at 255 Davie Ave., near North Tradd Street.
The 1,700-square-foot office is the hub where a team of eight specialists provides care to existing patients and processes new requests.
"Since we opened the Statesville office in February 2009, we have grown by leaps and bounds," said Suzanne Pert, patient care coordinator. "The new office is a reflection of this growth and the tremendous support we have found in Iredell County."
When it first opened in February, the firm, operating in cramped basement space on North Center Street, had only seven patients. Today, the patient count is up to 40, and the demand continues to grow.
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Community Home Care and Hospice is the largest hospice provider in the Southeast, employing teams of doctors, nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, chaplains and volunteers to work with terminal patients, defined as those who have six months or less to live.
The Statesville office serves patients in Iredell, Lincoln, Catawba, Alexander, Davie, Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Funding for the care comes from Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, depending on the patient. The services are provided where the patients live, whether in a private home, hospital or assisted living.
Company officials stress the wide range of services provided. "Hospice is not a place," said company President Sandy Roberson. "In fact, 80 percent of hospice care is provided in the home and in nursing homes. Care goes beyond the patient to include the family, offering spiritual and emotional support both before and following a loved one's passing."
The range of ailments affecting the patients is extensive. "Historically, when we speak of terminal patients, people immediately think of cancer," said Laura Hubbard, community educator. "But there are many other conditions which we frequently see, including cardiopulmonary disease, kidney and liver failure, and Alzheimer's. It covers a huge age range, too."
Besides its day-to-day patient services, the firm runs a 501(c)-3 organization that raises money to support the crusade against life-limiting conditions by contributing to community awareness, education, scholarships and research. As the charitable fundraising wing of the company, the foundation is staffed by professionals and governed by a volunteer board of trustees, who establish yearly priorities and long-term goals.
For more information on the services provided, including how to receive care or donate services or money, call 800-569-1348 or visit www.communityhch.com.