News from SSM Health at Home

June 2018

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SSM Health at Home’s hospice helps keep patients at home

Thinking about hospice can be overwhelming for patients and their families. However the sooner an eligible patient is admitted to hospice, the sooner our care team can begin treating symptoms, managing pain and providing support.

Most hospice patients prefer to remain at home surrounded by the people and things they love. SSM Health at Home helps make that happen, helping patients achieve the best quality of life possible for however long they are in our care.

Sharing Helen’s stories

SSM Health at Home provides so much more than physical care to our patients and their families. It is an honor and privilege to be allowed to join an individual’s end of life journey. Each person’s journey is as unique as they, and so our care is tailored to each and every patient. For hospice patient Helen, sharing stories was a way for her to connect with caregivers and our staff.

Read more about Helen and the stories we were lucky enough to hear on her hospice journey.


Helping you heal at home

At SSM Health at Home, we are proud to offer our patients a selection of home-based health services designed to keep people at home. From skilled nursing to telehealth monitoring, chronic disease management to post-surgical care, our home health services are here to help you heal at home.

Our dedicated team coordinates with physicians, nurses and specialists to create individual care plans for patients that help treat and improve chronic conditions, support those recovering from an injury or illness, or assist people healing from surgery.

SSM Health at Home provides support to patients of all ages, providing compassionate care that travels from our home to yours.


Don’t let sleep apnea keep you awake at night

A good night’s sleep is important not just for our mood, but for our overall health. Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition that impacts not only a person’s quality of sleep, but left untreated, can have detrimental effects on their health.

Learn more about sleep apnea, signs, symptoms and treatment.


Doing all the good we can with the help of our donors

Every day, through every gift that is given, our donors help our Foundation do all the good we can.

Last fall, a donor wanted to give her Green Bay Packers tickets to a patient in our care. Due to her generosity, we were able to grant a wish for a hospice patient and his family. When we asked the donor why she had chosen to do this, she quoted John Wesley.

“Do all the good you can, by all means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

We later learned the patient’s family chose to share the sentiment with all who knew him by printing the quote on his funeral program.

Through your gift to our Foundation you can help us to continue to do all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the places we can, at all the times we can, for all the people we can, as long as ever we can.

Our donors impact the lives of every senior who receives a noon meal through our Meals On Wheels program, to every family who spends final days together at our Hospice House, and to each hospice patient who plays cards with a fellow veteran volunteer through our We Honor Veterans program. Every day, through every gift that is given, a life is touched by the generosity of our donors.

Please join us in doing all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the places we can, at all the times we can, for all the people we can, as long as ever we can. Donate today.


Save the Date - Heels for Meals

Save the date on August 23, 2018, and join us for the inaugural Heels for Meals event in support of our Meals On Wheels program.

Held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in downtown Madison, the evening will feature a four-course meal, music, dancing and much more.

Learn more.


Join our crew of volunteers!

Hospice volunteers are needed in both administrative and patient-interactive areas.

Meals On Wheels volunteers deliver mid-day meals, Monday-Friday in Madison, Middleton, Monona, and Sun Prairie.

SAFE at Home volunteers conduct in-home safety assessments for Dane County residents 60 or older.

Grief Support Groups

We offer grief support groups throughout our service area to anyone in the community who has experienced loss, regardless of whether your loved one was our patient or not.

Groups are offered throughout the year and across our service area. If you would like more information please contact us at 877-356-4514 or visit our website to find a group near you.