WHAT IS HOSPICE?
Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide palliative care and support for patients with a chronic debilitating disease for which they do not elect aggressive treatment. Services are provide in the home and at times in a facility based setting with compassionate care, dignity and highest ethical standards during the last stages of illness, the dying process and the bereavement period.
Our philosophy is based on our commitment to provide, safe, ethical, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to patients and their families. Care is given with kindness, warmth, compassion and dignity recognizing the sensitivity of this special period of time.
Effective symptom control, pain management and care
Support patient's choices for care and treatment
Provide bereavement support
Provide community resources
Assist patients to find comfort, compassion and dignity during end of life.
WHO PAYS FOR HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice Care is covered by Medicare Part A, Medi-Cal, and most private insurance plans with some or no cost to the patient. Studies have shown Hospice Care to be no more costly and frequently less expensive than conventional care during the last six months of life. This is because family, friends and volunteers provide much of their care.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Hospice care is suitable for patient diagnosed with a life limiting illness whose treatment goals are focused on comfort such as relief of pain and symptom control. It is elected by the patient or his/her legal representation.
Lives within 60 miles radius
Have chronic debilitating illness and seeks spiritual, psychological, personal and medical support.
Have a primary care physician.
HOW DO HOSPICE SERVICES START?
The attending physician, patient family members, social workers or discharge planner can make a referral.
If you can call us directly, we will contact the patient's physician for approval.
Services for the patient can start.
Admitting a patient tot the hospice program is a simple process for the attending physician, discharge planner, or social worker. Just call the hospice and a nurse will visit the patient at home or in the hospital. Information about the program will be presented and if the patient elect program, the nurse arranges for the start of service.