Essential Patient Care holds ribbon cutting and open house

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Graham County Chamber of Commerce: Scott Mulleneaux, center, cuts the ribbon for Essential Patient Care LLC on Friday. 

Contributed Article/Courtesy Graham County Chamber of Commerce

SAFFORD – The Graham County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the ribbon cutting and open house for Essential Patient Care LLC. 

On Friday, Essential Patient Care LLC held its ribbon cutting and open house at 1496 Whirlwind Way in Safford. Designed to be a home-like atmosphere for elderly individuals living with dementia, the new housing units are a longtime goal coming to completion, said Valerie Hernandez, one of the owners of the business.  

“We offer more of a friendship and family type of basis,” Hernandez said. “We’re more like a tailored family and personal care live-in home. It’s in a home, a residential setting that’s supposed to be more like home.” 

Hernandez said she has been working toward opening the home for over a year. 

Scott Mulleneaux, Hernandez’s business partner, is also excited about opening the home. 

“I thought there is such a huge need for this down here that there’s such a disservice to the community to not have the ability for people to get their loved ones into homes,” he said. “I started talking to Valarie and said that it has always been a dream of mine and I think we can make it happen together and that’s how we started everything off.” 

The philosophy of the business is to make it a home-like setting, said Mulleneaux. Instead of being a facility, he said the aim of the business is to make the Essentiential Patient Care business home-like since that helps the residents feel more comfortable.