Hospice provides families with a different kind of hope
This is the hope that Hospice of the Upstate provides as we serve terminally ill people of all ages, with all types of progressive diseases—from heart, lung, kidney, vascular and neurological diseases to AIDS and Alzheimer’s.
As a not-for-profit, community-based organization with a 31 bed in-patient facility, our vast array of services allow us to stand out from other hospices.
Hospice of the Upstate has been caring for terminally ill patients and their families since 1988. Our first priority is to provide the highest quality end-of-life care and to do that regardless of ability to pay. We were founded by community leaders to serve a community need. Today, Hospice of the Upstate serves over 1000 families each year in Upstate South Carolina through our homecare program and at the Rainey Hospice House.
Hospice of the Upstate provides compassionate, quality care to terminally ill patients and their families, while offering leadership and community education for end of life.
How Do We Reach Our Mission?
Hospice emphasizes palliative rather than curative treatment, choosing quality rather than quantity of life. Support is offered through a personalized plan of care to ease the many different types of pain facing patients and families during such a difficult period of time.
Under a personalized plan of care, our professional team provides medicines, medical equipment, and education for families, as well as help with managing pain and other symptoms. Our aides also assist with personal hygiene and light housekeeping. Social workers support the family in problem resolution and planning, and our bereavement counselor provides family grief counseling. Trained volunteers provide emotional support, take care of errands, and allow caregivers some much needed time for themselves. Emotional, spiritual and practical support is given based upon the patient’s family needs.
Our Core Values
- Because our patients and their families come first, we are committed to providing excellent care. Spending quality time with patients will always be a priority.
- We will preserve the spirit of compassionate care, which is our foundation, in the face of change.
- Integrity will continue to guide our actions.
- We care about our staff; their health, happiness, development and their future. We are committed to a free and open exchange of ideas in a culture of trust.
- We will be good stewards of our resources while striving to fulfille our mission.
- We are rooted in our community as a resource, and we value our responsibility to give back to those around us.
During the fall of 1987, a small group of visionary leaders began work on starting a hospice program for our community. Having experienced the whole-person care given to family members in hospice elsewhere, they spoke with physicians, clergy, and anyone else who would listen to decide how to proceed. Following is a summary of the milestones that moved their dream into reality.
- Greenville Health System
- Easley Baptist
- AnMed Health
- Local nursing facilities
- Lance Armstrong Foundation
- Curriculum for Congregations
- Hospice Foundation of America
- Anderson Chamber of Commerce
- Greenville Chamber of Commerce
- Medicare License # 42-1506
- GA License # 000-078-H
- SC Inpatient License # HPF 0001
- SC Home Hospice License # HPC 0017