SouthernCare Hospice

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Hospice Care Experts

Q: Who is SouthernCare?

A: SouthernCare, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest hospice providers. SouthernCare was founded in 1995 and is based in Birmingham, Alabama. Today, SouthernCare, a privately owned company, has over 75 offices in 15 states and provides care to over 3000 patients each day.  SouthernCare offices are located in non-metropolitan areas which have a demonstrated need for hospice services. SouthernCare provides hospice services to
patients who reside in private homes, group homes, assisted
living facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

Q: What is Hospice?

A: Hospice is a special way of caring for patients’ who no longer benefit from curative treatment and have a limited life expectancy. Hospice care is designed to provide comfort and support for the patient and their family. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Emphasis is on helping the person make the most of each hour and each day of their remaining life by providing comfort and relief from pain and other symptoms.

Q: What is Common Admitting Diagnoses of Hospice Patients ?

A: Do you believe that hospice care is only for those with a cancer diagnosis? While cancer was originally the most prevalent hospice diagnosis, today, more and more people with non-cancer diagnoses are being admitted for hospice care. In 2006, for the first time, less than 50% of the patients admitted to hospice had a cancer diagnosis. Since its inception, SouthernCare has focused on providing care for patients with non-cancer diagnoses. In fact, most elderly hospice patients demonstrate more than one chronic debilitating condition. SouthernCare’s skilled Admission Coordinators work with the patient’s physician to evaluate if your loved one qualifies for hospice services.

Q: What are some services provided by Hospice?

A: Hospice care is tailored to meet the special needs of each patient. Among the services hospice provides:
• 24 hour support by phone or personal visit
• Physician Care – Medical Management
• Direct Nursing Care
• Home Care Aides for bathing and other personal services
• Homemaker & Social Services
• Spiritual Counseling
• Symptom Management (pain & other symptoms)
• Medications related to the Hospice Diagnosis
• Nutritional Assistance
• Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
• Respite Care
• Bereavement Support following the patient’s death

hospiceAt SouthernCare, we have the opportunity and thus the obligation to listen, interpret, and then provide the best way to improve the quality of life of our customers by exceeding their expectations and fulfilling their wishes one person at a time.