Home and Palliative Care expand services

SOMC Home CareSouthern Ohio Medical Center Home Care and Palliative Care departments are now expanding services to Scioto, Pike, Adams, as well as surrounding borders in Ohio. In Kentucky, service areas include Lewis and Greenup counties.

Established in 1966, SOMC has the oldest hospital-based home care agency in Ohio.  Both programs offer a coordinated, individualized program that is developed for patients and family by providing physical, emotional, and social support.

Home Health/Palliative Care services include nursing care, therapy services, home health aide services, medical social services, and telehealth monitoring services.

Palliative Care is SOMC’s newest Home Health program.  Palliative Care offers Home Care services with more of a Hospice philosophy, but patients may continue to seek aggressive or curative treatment for any illness.

“SOMC Palliative Care helps patients with advanced illnesses who need help choosing the best treatment options, managing pain and symptoms and developing advanced directives and complex care coordination with a specialized team,” Jenni Smathers, SOMC’s Palliative Care Case Manager, said.

Both Home Care and Palliative Care offer several services to patients in need, including on-call nursing services 24-hours a day, communication to update physicians as changes occur and coordination of care amongst healthcare departments.  Telehealth monitoring is especially helpful to monitor daily weight and vital signs for many acute or chronic diseases.

Referrals may be initiated by patients, families, or physicians. Once the referral is made, the staff will coordinate the appropriate care for patients of any age, at any point of illness.

For more information about SOMC Home Care or Palliative Care services, call 740-356-5600.