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Hospice

Palmetto Health Hospice offers the support of a multidisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers who provide medical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to terminally ill patients of all ages. Care is provided in the home, enabling families to remain together in peace, comfort and dignity.

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE? 

  • Skilled Nursing Services – hospice nurses develop a plan of care with the patient and family, focusing on symptom control and pain management.
  • Social Work Services – medical social workers assess the emotional and social needs of the patient and family, assist with the use of appropriate community services and resources, and provide ongoing bereavement counseling related to death and dying.
  • Chaplaincy Services – chaplains provide comfort and guidance, prayer, spiritual counseling, home communion, and may conduct memorial or funeral services.
  • Home Health Aide Services  – certified aides provide personal care services.
  • Inpatient Hospice – provided in a licensed facility on a short-term basis for pain and symptom management for patients in the final stages of life.
  • Respite Care – provided in a licensed facility and offers short-term relief care for the patient and family.
  • Continuous Care – extended services provided by nurses and aides during a time of intense need.
  • Therapy Services – speech, physical and occupational therapy are available as deemed appropriate.
  • Dietary Consultation – provided by a registered dietitian.
  • Pharmacy Services  – a pharmacist provides consultation for pain management and symptom control.
  • Volunteer Services – volunteers provide personal support and companionship to patients and their families.

Palmetto Health Hospice is licensed to provide care in 13 South Carolina counties to terminally ill patients of all ages and their families. Palmetto Health Hospice was the first licensed hospice in the state. We do NOT require a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) status for admission to the program. Palmetto Health Hospice supports the patient's choice.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HOSPICE CARE? 

Hospice care is available to any individual who, according to his or her physician...

  • is in the advancing stages of a terminal illness
  • has a life expectancy of six months or less
  • is no longer seeking curative treatment

Primary diagnoses that should be considered for hospice care include...

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • ALS/Parkinson's disease
  • End-stage lung, cardiovascular, liver or renal diseases
  • End-stage Diabetes
  • End-stage AIDS
  • Stroke/Coma
  • Failure to Thrive

Hospice care can be provided in the home, hospital, long-term care or residential facility. Referrals can be made by family members, friends or an involved professional, although a physician must provide the plan of care.

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about hospice, please ask for an education visit.

WHO PAYS FOR HOSPICE SERVICES? 

Hospice services are covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and Champus at no cost to the patient or family. Services are also covered by HMOs, PPOs, private payment, sliding scale fees, and private insurance plans. We will be happy to verify insurance coverage for you.

                       volunteer giving patient giftnurse with hospice child

WHAT BEREAVEMENT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED? 

Palmetto Health Hospice recognizes the fact that there are few life events as devastating and stressful as the death of a loved one. To help ease this stressful time, we offer a variety of bereavement support services that are designed to...

  • Help people understand their individual grieving process
  • Facilitate open expression of feelings of loss and grief
  • Decrease isolation by encouraging people to connect with available support systems

Bereavement services continue for at least one year after the loss and include...

  • Periodic contact by social worker and trained bereavement volunteers through home visits, correspondence and telephone follow-up
  • Individual counseling and referral
  • Memorial Services
  • Pathfinders adult support groups
    Brett’s Rainbow bereavement camps for children ages 6 to 16
  • Information about bereavement support programs in the community

Who Can Benefit? –  Our services are available to caregivers of Palmetto Health Hospice patients and to individuals in the community with bereavement care needs. Because we know that everyone grieves differently, caregivers are encouraged to utilize those services that best meet their individual needs. Other services we offer include...

  • Providing telephone support to grieving individuals
  • Responding to requests for information about bereavement support groups, programs and workshops
  • Grief workshops and other educational programs

For more information about any of our bereavement services, call our Bereavement Services supervisor at (803) 296-3939 or toll-free at 1-800-238-1884, Ext. 3939.

HOW CAN YOU HELP HOSPICE? BECOME A FRIEND OF HOSPICE VOLUNTEER. 

Volunteers, a vital part of the hospice team, give their time and emotional support to patients, their families, and the hospice staff. Hospice volunteers enjoy serving others with a compassionate attitude and a reassuring smile. Our active volunteers consist of full-time and part-time employed individuals, students, homemakers and retirees.

For more information on becoming a hospice volunteer, please click here. 

Other ways to help:

  • Invite a hospice representative to speak at your next civic, community or religious meeting.
  • Give the gift of time by volunteering. Opportunities and training are available for patient and non-patient care assignments.
  • Make a financial contribution to Palmetto Health Foundation, designated for hospice. For more information, click here .

Through memorials, individual and community contributions, and fund raising efforts, Palmetto Health Hospice is able to provide relief care to exhausted caregivers, purchase medications, and provide emergency rent and utility assistance for patients when necessary.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

For more information on any of the Palmetto Health Hospice programs, contact the hospice office nearest you.

Columbia Office Tel - (803) 296-3100
P.O. Box 7275 Toll-Free - (800) 238-1884
Columbia, SC 29202-7275 Fax - (803) 296-3320
Serving Aiken, Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, Sumter and Union counties.

Newberry Office Tel - (803) 405-0808
P. O. Box 352 Toll-Free - (800) 518-5175
Newberry, SC 29108 Fax - (803) 405-9766
Serving Chester, Fairfield, Laurens, Newberry, Saluda, Union and Newberry counties.

Hospice Services are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Palmetto Health Hospice is a non-profit organization serving the community since 1979. Our program is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and is Medicare and Medicaid Certified. In addition, we are members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care.

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