Hospice helps two generations among 6,000 patients

covenant hospice Masuko Gartman Billy Carrington Manor

Sara Tyler of Covenant Hospice, left, sits with her client, Masuko Gartman, 82, center, and her husband, Billy Gartman, 81, at Carrington Manor. Masuko holds an original seascape painting that she donated to Carrington.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Earlier in life, Masuko Gartman created hundreds of paintings that appear in private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad, particularly Japan, Canada and France.

These days, the 82-year-old, who can barely speak, lives at Carrington Manor in Crestview, where she uses a wheelchair and receives care for her declining health.

Masuko is one of 15 patients whom Sara Tyler, a registered nurse and Covenant Hospice case manager, visits per week. Tyler gives a head-to-toe assessment of each patient, verifies medication amounts, informs patients and their families about illnesses, and coordinates with physicians and pharmacies.

Covenant Hospice, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, continues its tradition of comforting some 6,000 terminally ill patients and their families in Florida and south Alabama.

"Our mission is to ensure our patients live as fully and comfortably as possible, accepting all patients, regardless of the ability to pay," its website states.

"We go to wherever the patients are; that includes nursing homes, homes and hospitals," Tyler said. 

It's a mission that the Gartman family appreciates, having received Covenant's care before.

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