HomeCare Hospice ribbon-cutting

Mayor Tim Kent cuts the ceremonial ribbon aided by owner and manager Craig Johnston, right.

The Union County Development Association hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for HomeCare Hospice.

The business had been downtown but moved to larger space at 301 Hwy. 30 West.

HomeCare Hospice offers 24-hour in-home care for individuals facing an end of life illness.

“Hospice care is non-curative care for the patient, but rather seeks to provide physical and mental comfort to patients and their families when facing a terminal diagnosis,” owner and manager Craig Johnston said.

“The goal is to allow the individual to live life as fully and comfortably as possible,” he said.  “Our team will provide patients and families the support, education, and skills needed to prepare for the passing of a loved one.  Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death.”

Johnston said HomeCare was formed in November 2015 and has two sister offices, one in Jackson and one in Hattiesburg. “We are locally owned and operated,” he said.

Johnston has worked in healthcare more than 25 years from administration on down but wearied of working for companies that were taken over with profit being the primary goal. “They had no mission and we did, wanting to help people,” he said.

HomeCare started with three employees and now has about 40 full- and part-time, all local.

Johnston makes his home here and has a son and daughter in school here as well. He is active in the community and has shared his enthusiasm for grilling through cooking for emergency workers helping out after the storms this past year and for other events such as the New Albany High School baseball fundraiser.

HomeCare began with no patients but now averages 80 to 90 at a time. They cover North Mississippi as far south as West Point.

Regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but the staff is accessible at all times. Call 62-539-7339 for information.

“Our team is dedicated to providing services to maintain the wellbeing of the patient and their caregivers,” he said.  “Our services are tailored to each family’s specific needs.  HomeCare Hospice is committed to enhancing the patient’s quality of life and easing the deeply personal transition for the patient, family members and loved ones.  HomeCare Hospice strives to maintain a culture and set of values that truly puts the ‘Heart’ in Hospice. We look forward to many years of growth.”

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