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What is hospice?
Hospice is a program of health care and services designed to meet the special needs of patient and their loved ones in times of crisis and terminal illness.
Can Hospice make a difference? YES!
Hospice care can dramatically impact the amount of pain and suffering experienced, providing quality time to live comfortably and fully, with privacy and dignity. The expectation is that the dying individual will have the opportunity to prepare for a death with dignity.
Who Provides Care?
Care is delivered by a team of professionals who address the patient’s needs on medical, physical, emotional and spiritual levels. The team consists of the patient Attending Physician, hospice Medical Director, Registered Nurse, Home Health Aid, Social Worker, Chaplain, and trained volunteers.
How is Hospice Care Started?
Help is only one phone call away. The patient’s attending physician, the patient, a family member, friends, clergy, social worker, hospital discharge planner or any person concerned with a patient’s well being can make a referral. Call us and we will contact the patient’s physician for approval. Services can generally be started within 24 hours.
Eligibility requirements for Medicare and MediCal Benefits will be determined when a patient meets the following criteria.
The patient has a limited life expectancy.
Curative measures have ended and the focus is now on physical, emotional, spiritual comfort.
The patient’s physician authorizes hospice care.
Who pays for the Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a covered benefit under most private insurance plans including HMO’s and managed care organizations.
In addition, hospice is a covered Medicare benefit, and in California is Medicaid benefit Private Pay Arrangements can be made for those who qualify.
Hospices also rely upon community support for both donations and volunteer staff.