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S nowline Hospice, founded in Placerville in 1979, serves patients along the Highway 50 corridor from Sacramento to Kyburz and into Roseville. This non-profit organization, one of the greater Sacra- mento area’s first hospices, has been providing hospice care for 38 years, and is in its fourth year of Snowline Supportive Care, an innovative pal- liative care model that’s leading the region, state and nation. “Hospice is care received in the last six months of life, but we’ve expanded to care for people in the last year of life,” says Michael Schmidt, Executive Director. “Snowline Supportive is spe- cialized medical care for people with serious illness and provides an extra layer of support in addition to regular health care. It is physical, emotional, and whole-person focused care.” Located in Sacramento and Dia- mond Springs, Snowline is one of few remaining community-based hospice organizations, and has 90 clinical staff from doctors to home health aides, plus retail staff. Teams of certified and licensed caregivers provide Snowline’s services in the homes of patients. To help fund service, Snowline operates retail thrift stores, with Fol- som, Cameron Park, Camino, and two Placerville locations, and a brand-new 15,000-square-foot store on Arden Way in Sacramento. “We invite every- one to shop with us or donate items to help support our mission of caring for people at this critical time in their lives,” says Schmidt. Snowline encourages corporate partners to sponsor their community- based programs that go beyond hos- pice care, such as Music and Memory, SNOWLINEHOSPICE.ORG Snowline hospice THE FUTURE OF HOME-BASED CARE pet therapy, and veteran services. Other innovative programs include HAT (Healing All Together), which provides a safe place for children to express grief after sudden and often traumatic loss. “Please help us continue coming to patients’ homes with a team approach, providing excellent pain and symp- tom management, and focusing the right care at the right time,” concludes Schmidt. comstocksmag.com | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 71