Thanks to a partnership between Covenant Care and The St. Joe Community Foundation, a new palliative care resource center is officially open. A $250,000 grant from The St. Joe Community Foundation will make it possible to help deliver expanded community and home-based palliative care throughout the Bay and Walton County regions.
Palliative care provides an extra layer of support and care for patients diagnosed with a serious, long-term or life-threatening illness. Community palliative programs work in conjunction with an individual’s doctors and can be provided concurrently with curative treatment. Patients can be cared for at The St. Joe Community Foundation Center for Palliative Care, or in their home.
April Wilkes, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation said partnering with Covenant Care would expand the access residents in the region have to palliative care, providing more advocacy for those that are overwhelmed with medical information and needs.
“Considering the current unique healthcare circumstances the world is dealing with, we are very pleased to partner with Covenant Care to provide this alternative resource for the community,” said Wilkes. “We are hopeful it will reduce the number of medical emergencies, in-person office visits and improve medical support for those in need.”
Covenant Care, the region’s largest non-profit provider of home health, hospice, memory, palliative and personal care, is headquartered in Pensacola with offices across Florida. Aaron West, Covenant Care Vice President of Advancement, said partners like The St. Joe Community Foundation are critical to Covenant Care’s mission.
“This program is at the forefront of how healthcare should be delivered,” said West, “personalized to the patient’s needs and delivered to the place they call home.”