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Homelike Atmosphere, Advanced Medical Care

Tracy Thompson’s sister Charlotte Clark recently spent her final days in the unit before losing her battle with cancer. Thompson says that, “without the compassion, and moral and medical support of the Seasons staff, I don’t think I would have been able to get through it.”

Thompson says having her sister cared for in the unit was, “less worry for me. As much as I would have liked to bring her home, I couldn’t supply the medical needs the hospital can supply.”

“By admitting a family member to the hospice unit at Sinai-Grace the patient gets personal care just as at home,” says Robert Zalenski, M.D., a board-certified palliative care and hospice physician at Sinai-Grace. The completely renovated 10-bed unit is staffed 24 hours a day by specially trained nurses and palliative care physicians.

“Our professionals are skilled in symptom management or any crisis associated with end-of-life care,” says Annemarie Switchulis, Seasons chief operating officer. Innovative complementary holistic therapies such as music therapy, massage and pet therapy, help put patients at ease. Bereavement counseling and spiritual support are available. Families can gather in homelike spaces, such as a children’s room complete with DVDs and games, and a reflection room for spiritual needs.

Thompson says patients shouldn’t worry that hospice will speed up the patient’s end of life. “Hospice doesn’t mean you’re trying to rush their death, you’re putting them there because you love them and want their last days comfortable.”