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Hospice

Affirms life, but never denies death.  Recognizes dying as a normal process of life.  Honors wishes.  Offers choices. Brings commitment and compassion.  Strengthens families.  Is about faith, hope and caring.

 

Senior Independence of Montana is a Medicare-certified hospice provider and is licensed to serve all of Yellowstone County. Our professional staff and trained volunteers will provide the expertise and compassion that helps patients live as fully as possible during an advanced illness.

Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s wishes. Emotional and spiritual support also is extended to the family and loved ones.

In most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home; however, care may be provided wherever the patient is residing – hospital, nursing home, assisted living or other long-term care facility.

Senior Independence of Montana Hospice will provide the following, as necessary, to manage the patient’s individualized plan of care.

  • Time and services of the care team, including visits by the hospice physician, nurse, social worker, home health aide, volunteer, chaplain
  • Medication for symptom control or pain relief
  • Medical equipment like wheelchairs or walkers and medical supplies like bandages and catheters
  • Dietary counseling
  • Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage pain and other symptoms related to the terminal illness, as recommended by the hospice team
  • Grief and loss counseling for patient and loved ones

Volunteers have been an integral component of hospice care since the beginning of the hospice movement in the United States.  Senior Independence of Montana trains and supports volunteers to provide direct support to patients and families as well as support for the organization through clerical and fundraising efforts.  For more information about volunteering, contact Andrea Chambers at 406-839-1126, achambers@sjlm.org

Grandmother with granddaughter sniffing yellow flowers in the park

For questions about Hospice or to make a referral, contact our office at 655-5800.