Suncoast Hospice Gives Comfort & Support

Julie Heidelberg December 18, 2012 0
Suncoast Hospice Gives Comfort & Support

Suncoast Hospice Gives Comfort & Support

Guest Post Submitted by Suzanne “Sue” Rice, RN, CHPN, Suncoast Hospice director of admission practices

Suncoast Hospice is a not–for–profit, community hospice, which has served Pinellas County for 35 years. Founded by volunteers, its mission is to provide compassionate, expert hospice and palliative care to patients to comfort them and improve their quality of life. Suncoast Hospice also supports families and caregivers working alongside them to provide care.

Hospice and palliative care are specialized types of care, which bring comfort and support to patients with advanced illnesses. Families also receive support as part of the care.

Pinellas County, Florida residents may call Suncoast Hospice for themselves or those in their care.

Holistic Care for Patients and Families

Suncoast Hospice care focuses on bringing patients physical, emotional and spiritual comfort. Care may include medical and therapeutic care to relieve pain and symptoms and improve function, counseling and support to bring internal peace, personal care, household assistance and more.

Suncoast Hospice also provides support to families and caregivers during the patients’ illnesses and after their deaths. Support may include emotional counseling, education on caregiving techniques, assistance with decision–making and planning, bereavement support and more.

Services include:

  • Medical care
  • Personal care (bathing, dressing, meal preparation, etc.)
  • Emotional, spiritual and grief counseling
  • Physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapies
  • Prescriptions related to the hospice diagnosis
  • Deliveries and pick–ups of medical equipment and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis (beds, walkers, oxygen machines, etc.)
  • Volunteer assistance, companionship and palliative therapies (music, massage, pets, etc.)
  • Dietary guidance
  • Counseling, support groups, education, resources and respite for families and caregivers
  • Suncoast Hospice Houses for pain and symptoms management, rest and peace


Care Teams

Suncoast Hospice care teams include skilled staffers of several disciplines and trained volunteers who are committed to bringing comfort and joy to patients and families. The care teams work together with patients and their families, doctors and other caregivers to provide the care and support that honors patients’ wishes. Team members are available around the clock to answer questions or to help.

Members of the care teams include:

  • Hospice and palliative medicine physicians
  • Registered and licensed nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified nursing assistants/home health aides
  • Licensed counselors and social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Trained adult and teen volunteers
  • Therapists
  • Technicians

Care Anywhere

Suncoast Hospice provides care wherever patients live including homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, Suncoast Hospice Houses or other residences.

Care Payment

Suncoast Hospice care may be paid for with Medicare hospice benefit, Medicaid, private health insurance, personal pay, grant funding and financial support from the community.

To learn more about Suncoast Hospice care or to get help today, call 727-HOSPICE (467-7423) or visit


Suzanne “Sue” Rice, RN, CHPN is the director of admission practices at Suncoast Hospice based in Clearwater, Florida. Sue has been a registered nurse for more than 28 years including several years working in critical care. She has worked in hospice care in the U.K. and the U.S., serving at Suncoast Hospice for almost 19 years. Sue has spent the past 11 years in Suncoast’s admissions department, including instructing admissions staff on care programs with the goal of increasing the community’s access to care.

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