MURRAY, Ky. (1/3/14) – Jimmy Rickman and Ms. Dot married almost three years ago after being set up on a blind date. Rickman has built 301 homes in Calloway County and Ms. Dot spent 27 years working at Murray Independent School System and continued to work the ballgames even after retiring. They’ve spent their life in Murray and enjoy living in a small community where their friends have been like family. After reading about the Hospice House donation made by the Carroll family in the paper, and seeing how their friends Mark Buckingham and May Lawson spent their last days, the decision to make a $20,000 contribution towards the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House was an easy one.
“We know Hospice is just a good thing,” said Rickman.
“It makes you feel wonderful to be able to support such a good cause,” Ms. Dot added.
Jimmy Rickman’s first wife passed away at their home and after learning more about Hospice said it would have been very helpful for the family. They understand Hospice provides comfort to the family and patient in a very touching way during the end of life, and how many lives will continue to be touched when the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House is built.
Enjoying life and giving back to the community are top priorities for the Rickmans. Making a donation to the Hospice House was one way they felt would support the community where they live and possibly help some of their own family and friends one day.
“We want to encourage others to give through our donation and see the importance of building a Hospice House in Murray,” Rickman said.
The Rickman’s future plans are simple; they want to continue to enjoy the little things in life like playing Rook or just going out to eat at some of their favorite local restaurants like Tom’s Pizza and Sirloin Stockade.
The hospice program at MCCH has served residents of Calloway County since 1980 and accepted the first patient on Jan. 15, 1981. Hospice staff employs four full time and two part time nurses, one full time and one part time aide, and one full time social worker, dietitians, a chaplain and therapists. However, it is also supported by numerous community volunteers who give their time to visit with patients and their families.
The philosophy surrounding hospice care is to focus on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and families as they face the challenges of end-of-life issues. Currently, MCCH healthcare professionals and trained volunteers deliver a vast majority of this care in the patient’s home, whether that is a private residence, an assisted living facility or a nursing home.
The future Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House will be built to include private rooms with private baths, comfortable beds and sleeping accommodations for family members to stay with patients. The new facility will also feature a homelike setting, all private rooms with private baths, memory garden, private patios for each patient room, kitchen, family room, laundry facilities and a family conference room.
For more information on the Endowment and the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House or to make a donation, visit www.MCCHEndowment.org or call (270) 762-1908 or (270) 762-1800.
Information provided by Melony Bray
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