New Hospice facility on schedule

Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley will soon have a new facility to accommodate its growing need for services in Catawba County and beyond.
Construction on PCHCV's new Sherrills Ford location started in August, and is expected to be completed about 12 months after ground was broken.
Clark Isaac, of Isaac Construction Company, said the facility is on time and scheduled to open Aug. 1.
Isaac said several subcontractors are working on the 28-acre piece of land, with about 10-15 people on site at all times.
PCHCV provides end-of-life care for patients and their families. The Sherrills Ford facility will offer additional amenities, including a kitchen, meeting room and other space for educational opportunities.
"We've made every effort to keep all the subcontractors from Catawba County," Isaac said.
This is Isaac Construction's fifth construction project with PCHCV.
The 15,000-square-foot facility, located at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road, will be a six-bed inpatient facility with room for additional expansion as needed. The new facility will serve eastern Catawba County, parts of Lincoln County, Denver and Mooresville. PCHCV officials and other community members attended the facility's groundbreaking in August.
When the facility is completed next summer, it is set to have a serenity-focused landscape plan, thanks to the hard work and organization of the Lake Norman Garden Club.
The club is sponsoring a Christmas Tour of Homes in the Northview Harbor sub-division off Island Pointe Road in Sherrills Ford. The tour will feature four homes, each decorated in a distinct Christmas style, said JoAnn Deal, of the Lake Norman Garden Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the new facility and its landscaping.
"The Lake Norman Garden Club is always looking for an opportunity to keep things close to home and help others out," Deal said. "So we decided to try this home tour out."
The club started planning the event almost a year ago, and this weekend is the culmination of hard work from club members and other volunteers.
The tour is scheduled for Sunday from 3-7 p.m. Visitors will view four homes with Christmas decorations in traditional-, cottage-, Tuscan- and cabin-styles.
Connie Pratt's home is on the tour, and she decorated her home in traditional-style decorations.
"Almost everything is hand- and custom-made," she said.
Pratt said she enjoys decorating her home for Christmas, but she's never decorated her home to this extent. She has a teddy bear tree on display in her house, which is covered in toys and guarded by nutcrackers.
"It's just a wonderful toy-land retreat," she said.
Visitors will know each house on the tour by its elaborately decorated mailbox, and they can visit each home in any order. The subdivision's clubhouse will also be decorated for the the event.
"It's something that couldn't be accomplished without the whole garden club and the community," Pratt said. "We just thought it was a beautiful fit for two organizations to get together."
Only about 10 tickets for the event remain, and those interested in attending are encouraged to call Deal at (828) 478-9177. Tickets are $25 and include a tour of the four homes, as well as light refreshments.