In our Program Spotlight series we shine a light on the successes and challenges faced by palliative care programs of different sizes, scope and settings. Each episode features an in-depth conversation with a program leader on a wide variety of topics such as overcoming obstacles, managing growth, avoiding staff burnout, getting institutional buy-in, working with referring physicians and navigating uncertain waters ahead.
In Episode 2 of our Program Spotlight Series, we feature Senior CommUnity Care (SCC) on building community partnerships. SCC is a rural PACE program (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) that serves approximately 250 participants in two counties on the Western Slope of Colorado. Their parent organization is Volunteers of America. SCC allows participants to age in place by providing individualized care from an interdisciplinary perspective that encompasses curative, palliative, and end-of-life services as appropriate. SCC began in 2008, the formalized end-of-life program began in 2011, and the formalized palliative program began in early 2015.