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Hearts Hands Hospice serves the residents of Sweet Grass County and is a Medicare certified program. Hospice care focuses on caring, not curing. When a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the best in medical, nursing, emotional and spiritual care for people facing life-threatening illness and shortened life expectancy. A team of professionals and trained volunteers works together to support the patient and his/her family in meeting the special needs that accompany the final stages of illness and dying. Hospice care does not end with the death of a patient, but continues with support for the family through bereavement (13 months).

Whenever possible, Hospice care is offered at home. Familiar surroundings allows patients to live their final days to the fullest, cared for by their loved ones. Families can be together when it means the most, providing the patient’s final days with peace, comfort and dignity.

A special room is set aside at the Pioneer Medical Center for hospice patients and their families if they choose not to remain at home. It is a comfortable, home-like setting to spend those final days with each other. This room and its furnishings have been funded by generous donations and memorials from the community.

The National Hospice and Pallative Care Organization s website contains basic informational videos on hospice care. They are very informative and may answer many of the questions you might have about hospice. On the website you will find 6 informational videos on the following topics: What is Hospice Care. Understanding Hospice Care, When to Begin Hospice, Types of Hospice Care Services, Choosing a Hospice, Paying for Hospice Care.

In addition to end-of-life care, Hearts Hands Hospice maintains a Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet. Walkers, wheelchairs, bed-side commodes are examples of equipment that are loaned out free of charge to area residents. The Hospice organization also makes a monthly donation to a community member who has health-related expenses, and provides education and support groups in the community.

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***You can now pay your PMC Bill Online. Click the OnLine Bill Pay to access the link. – ***To view the Community Health Needs Assessment Report, go to the News/Calendar page.

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