Illness care program launched


XENIA — Hospice of the Miami Valley and Buckeye Home Health Care are launching a new program to care for those with serious illnesses in Greene County and the Miami Valley.

SolaceCare – launched in May – aims to support a “complex patient” likely to remain in fragile health and who needs extra support, specifically in the areas of advanced chronic illnesses, cardiac and lung issues or cancer. The program aims to address a need for people who fall in between the level of care that comes with home health care and the level of care that comes with hospice.

According to Hospice of the Miami Valley CEO Tara Brodbeck, the program is the first of its kind in the area.

“This is a very innovative, unique operational system,” she said. “Nobody’s doing this in this area yet. … People are getting expert practice, they’re getting connected to the community services they don’t know and they’re really getting a lot more hands on help in the home where people mostly want to stay.”

SolaceCare is aimed at providing relief from pain and symptoms while supporting the individual’s emotional, social and spiritual well-being. It looks to keep patients at home for care with the goal of reducing hospital and emergency room visits.

Program services are provided where the patient lives – at home or at an assisted living or nursing facility – with 24-hour nurse availability.

“We feel that palliative care services should be brought to wherever chronically ill people call home,” program promotional literature states. “Palliative care needs to be provided in the comfort of home, and not only be available in hospitals and clinics.”

By Nathan Pilling

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