Suncoast Community Care provides expert palliative care to individuals of all ages who have advanced chronic illnesses or conditions. Care may be provided in patients’ homes, hospitals or assisted or independent living facilities.
Palliative care is a specialized type of care that helps control the distressing symptoms that may occur with seriously-ill patients and their families. Our care teams help address and resolve the physical, spiritual and psycho-social stressors or concerns of patients and families. Palliative care doesn’t stop someone from seeking or continuing curative treatment; it provides another layer of medical assistance, care and support.
Our Suncoast Community Care is a Medicare and Medicaid certified and licensed palliative home health agency. This care for patients combines traditional home health services with palliative care, including skilled symptom management, medication management, disease management and/or complex care management. Patients may receive this care while continuing their treatment regimens for their diseases. Caregiver training for family caregivers is also available.
It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, we have experts to assist you. All of our staff has received training in palliative care and is experienced to work alongside you, your family and your physician to ensure we reach your care goals. We’re all part of the same team. Our goal is to work together to create a plan of care that meets all of your needs so you and your family may experience increased quality of life.
Care & Services
Our Suncoast Community Care teams include qualified clinical professionals and trained adult and teen volunteers who visit you where you live to provide the care and support you need. The teams may provide the following services:
- Nursing care
- Personal care (bathing, dressing, skin care)
- Specialized care (physical, occupational and speech therapies, wound care, infusions, etc.)
- Emotional and spiritual counseling
- Volunteer help, companionship and palliative therapies (music, art, pet visits, etc.)
- Assistance with long-range decision making and advanced care planning
- Dietary education
Suncoast Community Care may be paid for with Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and some Medicaid Waivers.
To learn more about Suncoast Community Care and how we may help you, call 727-HOSPICE (467-7423) or visit suncoasthospice.org.
Julie Douglass is the director of palliative care at Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater. Julie has more than 30 years of nursing experience and has worked at Suncoast since 1994. Her work has included hospital, home and hospice-based patient care, supervision of staff and direction of palliative care and caregiver programs.