WHAT IS HOSPICE?
Hospice is a program of health care and services designated to meet the special needs of patients and their loved ones, when the patient is diagnosed with a disease for which they do not elect aggressive treatment.
CAN HOSPICE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Hospice care can dramatically and positively impact quality of life. the goal is to empower the individual by providing knowledge and information to facilitate decision-making. Our clinical staffs are experts on pain control, and symptom management. They are committed to the education of patients and care givers and providing palliative care.
WHO PROVIDES THE CARE?
Care is delivered by a team of professionals who address the patient's needs regarding their medical, physical, emotional and spiritual lives. The team consists of the patient's attending physician, hospice medical director, registered nurse, home health aide, social worker, chaplain and trained volunteers.
HOW IS HOSPICE STARTED?
Help is only one phone call away. The attending physician, patient, family member, friends, clergy, social workers, hospital discharge planner, or any person concerned with a patient's well being, can make a referral. If you call us, we will contact the patient's physician for approval. Services will be started immediately.
WHOS IS ELIGIBLE FOR HOSPICE CARE?
Recipients of Services:
Referrals Accepted From:
WHO PAYS FOR HOSPICE?
We do an eligibility test for insurance coverage and process all claims
In the case where co-payment is indicated, you will be informed ahead of time. For further information about Medicare/ MediCal or other health care insurance concerns, please call HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program)
Call: 1-800-648-talk (8255)
MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
Basic medical equipment, supplies and medications related to the hospice diagnosis are provided.
Admitting a patient to the hospice program is a simple process for the attending physician, discharge planner, social worker, or family member.
Just call California Hospice Care, and nurse will visit the patient and family at home or in the hospital. Information about the program will be presented and, if the patient elects the program, the nurse arranges for the start of services.