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Hospice

Palmetto Health Hospice offers the support of a devoted team of medical professionals and caring volunteers who provide medical, emotional, social and spiritual support to terminally ill patients of all ages. Care is provided in the home, hospital, long-term care or residential facility for those patients who qualify. Our hospice care enables families to remain together in peace, comfort and dignity.

Contact Palmetto Health Hospice
We know how devastating the loss of a loved can be. Please do not hesitate to call us anytime day or night. Our compassionate staff is available 24-hours, 7 days a week. 

Columbia Office
803-296-3100 or 800-238-1884
Fax: 803-296-3320
Serving Aiken, Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Richland, Sumter 

Newberry Office
803-405-0808 or 800-518-5175
Fax: 803-405-9766
Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Saluda, Union 

Bereavement Services
803-296-3939 or 800-238-1884, extension 3939 

Palmetto Health Hospice Services include:

  • Skilled Nursing Services – attending physician and hospice team develop a plan of care with the patient and family, focusing on patient goals
  • 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 – available upon request
  • 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 in the final stages of life for patients who quality
  • 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 skilled need
  • Therapy Services – speech, physical and occupational therapy are available as deemed appropriate for palliation of symptoms
  • 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

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

What bereavement services are provided?
Palmetto Health Hospice helps ease the loss of a loved one by offering the following support services:

  • Helping people understand their individual grieving process
  • Facilitating open expression of feelings of loss and grief
  • Decreasing isolation by encouraging people to connect with available support systems 
  • Providing telephone support to grieving individuals
  • Responding to requests for information about bereavement support groups, programs and workshops
  • Grief workshops and other educational programs

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.  

How to become a Friend of Hospice Volunteer
Volunteers are a vital part of the hospice team and We rely on their support to serve others with a compassionate attitude and a reassuring smile. For more information on becoming a hospice volunteer, please click here. 

If you do not have the time to volunteer, you can support Hospice by:

  • Inviting a hospice representative to speak at your next civic, community or religious meeting
  • Making a financial contribution to Palmetto Health Foundation, designated for hospice. Click here to make your donation.

Palmetto Health Hospice is a non-profit organization serving the community since 1979 and accredited by the Joint Commission. 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. 

Palmetto Health Hospice is licensed to provide care in 13 South Carolina counties to terminally ill patients of all ages and their families. The Hospice Medical Director directs the Hospice team and supports the plan of care for the patient’s ultimate comfort and quality of life. Although the patient’s attending physician must be agreeable to guiding the plan of care, we do NOT require a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) status for admission to the program. Palmetto Health Hospice supports the patient's choice.