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Veterans Benefit is a Blessing

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When my wife passed away seventeen and a half years ago, I was home alone. It was difficult taking care of everything on my own. When I learned that there was a Veteran’s benefit that helped pay for assisted living, I decided to look into Kenton Pointe. I moved here in April and it has been a blessing!

Russell Robinson, Resident


The Country Comes to Kenton Pointe

Yee-haw and Howdy!!! Western Wednesday took place August 14th. The residents and staff dressed the part of cowboys and cowgirls of the old west. We saw cowboy hats, cowboy boots, old west bandanas and a whole lot of plaid. The dining room was transformed into the old west with saloon doors, barb wire and country signs pointing out hot bath’s for 5 cents and the town jail. The Silver Sneaker’s group from the YMCA came and delighted us with the sights and sounds of good old line dancing. Once or twice some of our own staff was caught in the line. We all enjoyed their talents and company.

Our entertainment was followed up by our own chuck wagon cooks serving hamburgers cooked over the open flame, baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad. As they use to say on Hee Haw…YUM YUM! Later in the afternoon we devoured some great s’mores made out by the lake on the fire pit. It has now been christened and I am sure we will enjoy more time by the flames as the weather turns cooler in the fall. The “photo booth” was a fun experience for all. The cow folk used signs, mustaches and ropes to add to their western look. Western Wednesday is forever captured to look back on and smile.

Governor Presents $800,000 in Grant Funding for Hospice Assisted Living Project

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined state and local officials in Maysville Friday for the presentation of $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for Hospice of Hope’s planned assisted living facility and separate Hospice inpatient facility, known as Kenton Pointe Assisted Living. “This is something to celebrate, ladies and gentlemen,” Beshear said of the Hospice project. Beshear said harsh economic times and the state’s budget woes eroding its ability to provide basic services should not and are not excuses for “doing nothing.” “Instead, we have taken the opposite attitude here in Kentucky, we have become more aggressive in making things happen,” he said.

Beshear said regardless of the economy, Kentuckians are finding ways to maintain and improve services, including access to quality health services. Beshear said it is hard to believe that there is no assisted living facility in the Buffalo Trace area, making the Hospice project a special cause for celebration.

The 32 units in the assisted living facility will each have a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and small laundry and provide senior citizens the independence many crave while placing them within reach of assistance when needed. The eight in-patient units for Hospice are for those who require more care and services but still allows them to be in a home-like environment.

Beshear said there is no better program than Hospice for such a project because of its service to people during a difficult time in their lives. “I’m proud that the state could step up and be a part of this,” he said.

Beshear said a primary focus for his administration has been the creation of jobs, something this project will also allow. “It’s going to create construction jobs and right now that’s really good news… it will also, as I understand it, create 40 permanent jobs,” he said.

During his remarks, Beshear spoke of other healthcare-related initiatives undertaken during his administration including K-Chip and a dental initiative, both of which increase health care access to children. “A healthy child or a healthy Kentuckian is going to be a productive Kentuckian,” Beshear said.

Additionally, Beshear said the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program had helped secure more than $62 million in prescription drugs for those who cannot afford the necessary medications on their own.

Beshear said the state has laid the groundwork for a statewide network of trauma care and is in the process of establishing a health information exchange which can allow a doctor to access a person’s full health history from anywhere. Beshear said the information exchange would reduce costs for people since fewer duplicate procedures would be done.

Beshear commended all who have been involved in the Hospice project, recognizing State Sen. Robin Webb, State Rep. Mike Denham, Mason County Judge-Executive James “Buddy” Gallenstein, Maysville Mayor David Cartmell, the Buffalo Trace Area District Development staff and Kavin Cartmell, executive director of Hospice of Hope, for their efforts.

Beshear also recognized Bob Vance, Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection secretary, and Tom Fern, state director of Rural Development from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “You know folks, these things don’t just happen,” Beshear said. “They happen because all of you come together to make it happen.”

David Cartmell said there are two projects the city has been working on since he first became mayor. One, the Hayswood Hospital, is still a work-in-progress, but the dreams of an assisted living facility are coming to fruition.

Gallenstein also said an assisted living facility has been a goal since he became judge executive.

“What a great day for our community,” he said.

Webb offered her congratulations for “Team Kavin” and praised Hospice for being a “special organization” that has touched many families, and will continue to touch families.

“I’m a baby boomer, too, and certainly the needs are going to be greater than perhaps the resources we have,” she said.

Denham pulled a sheet of paper from his pocket during his remarks and said it was a list of projects foremost in his priorities. He said he is now able to mark off the assisted living project.

“On the other side of this I have new ones, which I’ll talk to you about next week,” Denham told Beshear.

Kavin Cartmell introduced Sally Teegarden to share her story about her experiences with Hospice. Hospice was with Teegarden’s mother, father, mother-in-law and father-in-law when they passed. She also trained to be a volunteer with Hospice.

Teegarden said some time after she lost her father she ran into a woman who had helped care for him. That woman told Teegarden she still missed her father.

“Hospice of Hope became like an extended family to us,” Teegarden said.

Teegarden said with Hospice of Hope, a family has peace and hope during a difficult time.

The final plans for the assisted living and in-patient facilities were unveiled during the presentation just before the check presentation, which Beshear joked was the “really important part.”

The $800,000 in CDBG grant funding is only a portion of the funding for the project. Hospice of Hope has also received a Rural Development Community Facilities loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $3 million with an interest rate of 3.75 percent over 40 years.

Total cost for the project is estimated to be between $7 and 8 million.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2011 with the facility opening in 2012.

The facilities will be located on 25 acres near the Kenton Station Golf Course.


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Hospice of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Mason County since 1988, has provided compassionate care and support to thousands of local residents and their families in relation to patients with terminal illness, according to a press release. Hospice of Hope covers more than 3,800 square miles in Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Pendleton and Robertson counties.