• Skilled Nursing
  • Home Health Aide Care
  • Medical Social Work
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Volunteer Services
  • Medical Equipment
  • Medical Supplies
  • Medications Related To Hospice Diagnosis
  • Short Term Inpatient or Continuous Care
  • Bereavement services and counseling for the family and loved ones for up to one year after their loss.
  • Ancillary Services (as needed)

How Are Services Initiated?

Referral to hospice can begin with your physician, case managers from hospitals or care facilities, clergy, family members, or friends.   Prior to providing care, the hospice staff will obtain the patient’s history and current physical symptoms.  Hospice staff will then meet with the patient and their family to discuss hospice services available and expectations.

Although difficult, end of life decisions made in advance provide a better outcome. If you would like further information on hospice care, please contact us.

Who Pays For Hospice Care?

Hospice care is a covered benefit under MediCare and covers all services, medications and equipment related to the hospice illness.  This includes:  physician services, nursing services, home health aide services, medical equipment, supplies,  medication related to the hospice illness, spiritual and psychological counseling and support, social work services, inpatient respite, and 24/7 on-call support.

Medi-cal, Private health insurance policies, HMO’s and Tricare also include hospice benefits. Part of the hospice admission process is to verify benefit coverage and advise the patient and family of coverage and co-pays.

Services are provided in the most cost effective manner possible. Reimbursement for hospice care is available from:

  • Government Insurance Plans (such as MediCare Part A)
  • Private Insurance Plans
  • Private Payer

Who Is Eligible?

To qualify for hospice admission, an individual must be no longer responding to curative treatment options and the prognosis for life is six months or less if the disease continues its present course.  Hospice care can continue past six months with certification from a physician.    If an individual’s health improves or if the patient or family desires, a patient can discontinue hospice care. Some common diseases and conditions experienced by hospice patients include:  cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, lung disease, renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or a general decline/failure to thrive.

  • A person with a confirmed diagnosis of a terminal illness and a limited life expectancy
  • A person who has been informed of the diagnosis and understands that Hospice care will be to provide comfort rather than a cure
  • A patient with family members or other reliable caregivers who will share responsibility with the Hospice Team for care at home

Nothing that we do should serve to separate someone who is dying from his family. There may be moments of difficulty or even despair, but it is of paramount importance that they come to the end together. The journey itself may ease the next stages for those who have to go on living afterwards. ~Dr. Cecile Saunders