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SCR Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice & Palliative Care


Hospice Care
The hospice philosophy affirms life and regards dying as a natural process that should be neither hastened nor prolonged and that should be met with richness of spirit.  Hospice makes it possible for patients to live and die with dignity.    St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR) Hospice is a  not-for-profit, hospital-based program offering support and compassionate care for the terminally ill in Bath, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Menifee, Montgomery and Rowan counties in Kentucky.  Our program is licensed by the state of Kentucky and is certified by Medicare and Medicaid. SCR Hospice & Palliative Care has earned accreditation by The Joint Commission. Since 1982, we have provided quality end of life care using a comprehensive array of services from palliative consulting to in-home medical services to patients and their families. Grief and bereavement services extend to family members, caregivers and anyone in grief whether or not their love one was a hospice patient. SCR Hospice & Palliative Care interdisciplinary team members are committed to providing expert pain management and symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care. Trained volunteers provide hands-on emotional support. The patient and his or her family are central in all decision making, distinguishing hospice from ordinary homecare programs. Hospice enhances quality of life when quantity is limited.

Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Consulting program is a medical service focusing on relieving suffering and improving quality of life for anyone dealing with a serious long-term illness. The palliative care team consists of a palliative medicine physician and a nurse, along with assistance from a social worker, chaplain and volunteers as needed. The palliative care team provides aggressive symptom management, links to community resources, disease education and emotional support for patients' and their families.  This program is helpful for those still seeking curative treatment but need support for management of symptoms. 

Camp SMILE (Sharing Memories in a Loving Environment) is a collaborative effort by SCR Hospice & Palliative Care and Morehead State University Department of Nursing.  Camp SMILE is offered to children 7-17 years old who have been involved in hospice or who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Trained bereavement counselors offer a variety of participatory activities to guide the children through understanding feelings of grief and loss. There is no cost to the campers, who will receive lunch and fun activities each day, bereavement materials and camp T-shirt. Hospice conducts Camp SMILE as a free community service and receives no reimbursement for it. We depend on cash and in-kind contributions.  

For more information about St. Claire Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, please call 606.783.6812.