Hospice care provides patients the opportunity to live with decreased pain and symptoms caused by illness, while achieving the maximum quality of life possible in whatever way the patient defines it.
When a cure is no longer a reasonable goal, hospice provides a team approach for expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s wishes. Hospice extends support to family members and caregivers who are coping with the complex consequences of illness, disability and death.
As one of the longest-serving programs in South Carolina, we have the experience and resources to provide expert care and support to patients who desire to live the remainder of their lives to the fullest with dignity and comfort. As a community-based and not-for-profit hospice, our program not only offers integration with an award-winning healthcare system, it also offers the resources of special funds to benefit patients.
The goals of hospice care are to enhance quality of life – caring for the “whole person,” not just the illness.
Benefits of Spartanburg Regional Hospice
- Same-day admission services, including weekend and holiday
- Specialized end-of-life care for veterans
- Community-based care
- Home visits by hospice physicians
- Nutrition support
- Massage therapy
- Bereavement support for patients and families, including services of remembrance and grief support groups, as well as individual counseling
- The area’s only bereavement program for children and adolescents, including Christopher’s Camp, a day camp for youth coping with the death of a loved one
- Patient support from special funds from the Spartanburg Regional Foundation
- Specialized wound care
- Rehabilitation services
- Pet therapy
- Healing Arts Program
- Respite care for caregivers who need relief or are required to be out of town for a few days
When to Choose Hospice
Any time during a life-limiting illness is an appropriate time to discuss all of a patient’s healthcare options, including hospice. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of stopping aggressive treatments in an effort to “beat” a disease. The hospice team is sensitive to these concerns and is always available to discuss them with the patient, family and physicians.
In addition to physicians, a patient, friend or family member may request a referral to Spartanburg Regional Hospice. An early referral enables the hospice team to develop relationships that
meet the needs of the patient and caregivers.
“We help patients and their loved ones prepare for the days ahead. Whether they need assistance putting their affairs in order, managing grief or simply want to spend time together, it’s their choice.”
Andrew Fischer, Chaplain
Some examples of when hospice may be considered:
- There is a diagnosis of a life-limited condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease, ALS, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer or other illness.
- A life expectancy of six months or less has been determined based on a physician’s or medical director’s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual’s illness, although many patients live longer and enjoy a better quality of life when they receive hospice care.
If the patient continues to meet hospice criteria, services may continue longer than six months.
Why Choose Us?
Spartanburg Regional Hospice is committed to providing excellent care and support to help patients live to the fullest with dignity and comfort. Our skilled team provides specialized physical, emotional, and spiritual support to patients and their families. We offer top quality care throughout Spartanburg, Greenville, Cherokee and Union counties in the patient or primary caregiver’s home, our Hospice Home, assisted-living facility, nursing home or wherever else a person calls “home.”
Unparalleled Experience and Comprehensive, Quality Care
As part of an integrated healthcare system, Spartanburg Regional Hospice is able to offer the most comprehensive quality care available. Our team includes a full-time medical director and other hospice-trained physicians. Our clinical services team is made up of registered nurses, certified wound-care nurses, and patient-care technicians. Other team members include hospice-trained chaplains, licensed medical social workers, trained volunteers, massage therapists, and many other support services associates.
“We look beyond the physical to the spiritual, social and financial impact of illness. We care for the whole patient.”
Cheri Freeman, LMSW
Spartanburg Regional Hospice owns and operates a special hospital, specifically for our hospice patients. The 15-bed inpatient facility is fully staffed 24/7 and offers multiple levels of care, including:
- General Inpatient Care is provided for pain control or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in any other setting.
- Respite Care is available to provide temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver.
SHPBest Superior Performer
Spartanburg Regional Hospice received the SHPBest Superior Performer Award in 2016 and 2017.
The annual SHPBest™ program was created to acknowledge hospice providers that consistently provide high-quality service to families and caregivers of patients receiving hospice care. With one of the largest Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice benchmarks in the nation, SHP identifies and recognizes organizations that have made family and caregiver satisfaction a priority and have been rewarded for their efforts with high marks on the CAHPS Hospice survey.
SHPBest award recipients are determined by ranking the overall score for all SHP CAHPS Hospice clients. Providers that rank in the top 20 percent receive the Superior Performer award.