What is hospice care? Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and in many cases care is provided in the patient’s home. Hospice care can also be provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities such as Dulce Villas. We currently have been granted 4 Hospice Waivers by the State of California.
Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations. Hospice is typically prescribed for the terminally ill e.g., Cancer, End Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia etc.
What You Can Expect When Your Loved One Is Under Hospice Care
Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The team usually consists of:
- The patient’ s personal physician;
- Hospice physician (or medical director);
- Home health aides (CCHAs and/or CCAs);
- Social workers;
- Clergy or other counselors;
- Wound Care Specialists;
- Trained volunteers; and
- Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
What services are provided?
- Management of the patient’s pain and symptoms;
- Counseling and emotional, psychosocial and spiritual support regarding aspects of dying;
Providing comfort measures such as drugs, medical supplies, and equipment;
- Training and coaching on how to care for the patient;
- Special services like speech and physical therapy when needed;
- Making short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite; and
- Bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.