What does SOMC Hospice do?
We develop a coordinated, individualized program of care for each patient and family by providing physical, emotional, social and spiritual support.
Our Services Include
Intermittent professional nursing
The hospice nurse works with the attending physician to carry out the day-to-day care plan and coordinates the use of other Hospice services as needed.
Pain and symptom management
Comfort becomes the focus of hospice care. The SOMC Hospice team specializes in managing pain and relieving the distressing symptoms of life limiting illness. Free from discomfort and pain, the patient can focus on enjoying their remaining life with family and friends.
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Home health aide/homemaker services
Personal care and/or homemaking assistance helps families maintain daily routines at home.
The Hospice chaplain can provide spiritual support in coordination with the family's own religious network.
Medical social services
A long or catastrophic illness may cause financial, legal or social problems. The Hospice social worker can help link the family with appropriate resources.
When a family member is dying, everyone needs support. SOMC Hospice offers supportive counseling and "an opportunity to talk it out" for patients and families.
Specially trained volunteers may provide respite for the family; assist with household tasks, errands and transportation; or provide companionship and support.
A registered dietitian is available to help patient and family members understand the changes in the patient's nutritional needs.
Short-term inpatient care
Inpatient care for pain and symptom management or family respite is provided in the SOMC Hospice inpatient unit.
SOMC Hospice provides whatever is needed when it is needed. Hospice is available 24 hours a day to patients and families for telephone consultations and/or home visits.
Therapists (occupational, speech, physical)
These professionals are available as needed to assist with enhancing the patient's remaining life.
Feelings of loss and grief often begin at the time of diagnosis and continue long after the patient's death. Support is available for at least one year after the patient dies.