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UPMC Senior Living Teams With Family Hospice And Palliative Care To Offer Help With End-Of-Life Decisions

PITTSBURGH, October 26, 2006 — UPMC Senior Living has teamed up with Family Hospice and Palliative Care to help those embarking on their end-of-life journeys make better, informed decisions. The new Circle of Life program recently introduced in the UPMC Senior Living skilled nursing facilities, combines traditional care along with specialized expertise of the Family Hospice and Palliative Care staff to provide a compassionate, comforting end-of-life transition for residents and loved ones.

Pittsburgh has one of the largest senior populations per capita in the United States. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over the next few decades the number of people age 65 or older will increase dramatically, from 12.4 percent of the population in 2000 to 19.6 percent in the year 2030 – an estimated 71 million seniors. The shift in older America will put an increased demand on the health care system, including medical and social services.

UPMC Senior Living and Family Hospice and Palliative Care are recognizing this trend and are preparing by coordinating care through experienced physicians, social workers, spiritual counselors and volunteers. Complimentary therapies, such as art, music, massage and pet therapies, as well as creation of a life legacy, will enhance the program’s overall mission to guide patients through their end-of-life journeys.

“The challenges faced by both patient and families near the end-of-life can be overwhelming. Family Hospice and Palliative Care provides an added layer of support to assist in the grieving process through family-focused comfort and support,” said Rafael Sciullo, president of Family Hospice and Palliative Care. “This unique collaboration with UPMC Senior Living will greatly enhance services to provide individualized care based on resident wishes and choices.”

“This partnership with Family Hospice and Palliative Care provides UPMC Senior Living with a wealth of resources and comprehensive services for our residents. We are dedicated to providing comfort, dignity, respect and individualized care to each of our residents,” said Jim Palmer, chief operating officer for UPMC Senior Living.

UPMC Senior Living has locations throughout western Pennsylvania, so residents and patients are always close to hometown roots – something that is important to seniors and their families. UPMC Retirement Villages offer Pittsburgh-area seniors affordably elegant independent and assisted living with no buy-in fees or long-term leases. Monthly rent at any of the residences includes a private, spacious apartment and a pampering array of amenities.

In Pennsylvania, UPMC Retirement Villages include independent living residences in Monroeville, Penn Hills, Scott Township, Hampton Township and Washington and assisted-living residences in Greensburg, McCandless Township, Penn Hills, Pittsburgh and Washington. For more information about UPMC Senior Living, visit www.upmc.com.

Family Hospice and Palliative Care has been providing care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1980 and is one of the first hospice programs in Pennsylvania. For more information about Family Hospice and Palliative Care, visit www.familyhospice.com.

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