Hospice Services Provided
A set of support services for patients and their family members.
Through evaluation and coordination of hospice services needed, SALMON’s team of caring and professional nurses works closely with the patient, their family and their physician to enhance the person’s quality of life, focusing on pain and symptom management.
Licensed social workers provide support and referral information for the emotional, psychological, social and financial stresses that often accompany the loss of someone close to us. We can also provide assistance for end-of-life planning.
Spiritual Care Coordinators
Our ordained ministers offer spiritual support to patients and the people close to them. We assist in deepening and strengthening their relationships as patients face their most difficult passage of life.
A licensed social worker provides emotional support, counseling and referral information for the grief, loss and adjustments that often accompany the loss of a beloved person.
Home Health Aide
We provide compassionate, certified home health aides to assist our patients with their personal care, hygiene needs and individualized specialty care during this difficult time.
Our team of trained individuals can bring a supportive and caring presence to patients and their families through companionship, performing small errands and offering various types of support as needed.
This program helps patients currently receiving home-health services make a transition to hospice services, if that is their desire.
Each individual’s grief is unique and personal. Our Hospice Bereavement Program offers support to family members of hospice patients for up to thirteen months following a patient’s passing. We offer individual and family counseling in addition to support groups lead by a social worker trained in emotional support and counseling related to grief, loss and adjustment. The Bereavement Counselor can also recommend different resources and reading material for all age groups. The Program strives to strengthen healthy coping mechanisms as individuals and families learn to make sense of their new reality.
We’re always looking for volunteers to visit hospice patients, and we provide training for those interested. A Hospice Volunteer can make a difference in the life of a patient and their family in many different ways, such as by:
- providing caring companionship for the patient and caregiver;
- reading to the patient or listening to their stories and concerns;
- helping their caregiver with errands and light housekeeping;
- performing activities, playing games or taking part in hobbies the patient enjoys; or
- simply sitting at the patient’s bedside.
Continuing education programs and support are available to volunteers on a monthly basis. If you would like to learn more about the SALMON VNA & Hospice Volunteer Program, or if you would like to become a volunteer, please call (508) 266-6402 and ask to speak with our Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.