Hospice is a compassionate, well recognized program in the medical community that is intended to provide care and necessary services to those who have terminal illness. It is specialized in palliative care to provide comfort and dignity when the patients are vulnerable and suffering from their terminal illness.
The Hospice provides medical services (by MDs and Podiatrists),
nursing services (RNs and LVNs), social services, certified hospice health aides services, chaplain and volunteer services.
The Hospice also provides medical equipment, special beds and mattresses, diapers, oxygen supplies as well as pain controlling medications.
Depending on the patient’s condition other services like physical therapy, nutrition counseling and speech therapy are provided.
Yes, in consultation with the medical director of the hospice.
Bi-weekly reports are sent to the patient’s regular doctor informing him/her of the patient’s condition and progress.
No. The Hospice team will provide the appropriate hospice services to patients wherever they may reside (home, skilled or non-skilled nursing facilities.)
Not necessarily. Any patient who is eligible to be in the Hospice program could benefit from the many services that are provided by the hospice.
Hospice services are entirely covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal and
• End-stage Heart Disease
• End-stage Cancer
• End-stage Alzheimer's
• End-stage Liver Disease
• End-stage Neuromuscular Disease
• End-stage Peripheral Vascular Disease
• End-stage Pulmonary Disease
• End-stage Renal Disease
• End-stage AIDS
• Other end-stage Diseases
The Patient, his/her doctor, family member or friend, discharge planners, case managers, etc., as long as the patient meets the criteria of eligibility and a doctor’s statement of life expectancy of six months or less.
Yes. If the patient’s condition improves significantly (remission etc.) he/she can be discharged but if later, the condition deteriorates again, Hospice care will be provided.
If at the end of 6 months the patient is still eligible for Hospice Care, because of his/her progressive deteriorating condition and certification by the doctors that he/she needs Hospice Care; he/she will continue to be provided by services of the Hospice.
The patient should not delay seeking the services of a Hospice team if he/she is eligible. He/she can have immediate palliative care and the necessary medical equipment and supplies as well as the nursing care, pain medications, social and psychological help, to have a quality dignified life in the last months of his/her life.