South Shore Health System is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization that provides a broad range of health services to the 620,000 residents of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Health System comprises South Shore Hospital, South Shore Medical Center, South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, Health Provider Services Organization, South Shore NeuroSpine, South Shore Physician Hospital Organization, Physician Organization of the South Shore, and South Shore Health System Foundation. Please visit SouthShoreHealth.org for more information.
South Shore Hospital’s Home Care Division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. Hospice of the South Shore provides terminally ill individuals and their families with the medical care and comfort measures that allow patients freedom from pain, therefore keeping the focus on the quality of life a patient has left to live.
A History of Compassion
Our Hospice of the South Shore is
a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers who
make each patient as comfortable as possible most often in their own home. We
help people live with dignity until the end of their life. Additionally,
Hospice of the South Shore shows families how to care for a dying loved one,
and supports the family emotionally and socially. Our goal is to help patients
and their families have closure and peace at the end of life.
Hospice of the South Shore cares for patients in need, regardless of their ability to pay. Additionally, many of the services provided by Hospice of the South Shore are above and beyond what insurance will cover.
- South Shore VNA was established in 1911, joining South Shore Hospital in 1994.
- Hospice of the South Shore was established in 1980.
- Each year, Hospice of the South Shore serves more than 500 local patients and families
- Hospice of the South Shore serves more than 30 South Shore communities.
- Hospice of the South Shore patients range from the very young to seniors, and their illnesses are equally diverse.
- Cancer diagnoses account for approximately 50% of all Hospice patients.
- Alzheimer's disease, dementia, congestive heart failure, end-stage respiratory and renal disease, and adult failure-to-thrive are the most common non-cancer diagnoses.
- Hospice of the South Shore coordinates bereavement support groups for adults, teenagers, and children.
- Hospice provides care for patients in their homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, group homes, and hospitals.
- The majority of all reimbursement is through Medicare.
- Walk for Hospice is the primary source of funding care that is not covered by insurance.