Pacific Coast Hospice helps patients spend their last days at home, surrounded by the people they love. Medications, medical equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness are covered by Medicare or private insurance and delivered directly to the patients home. Patients can keep their own doctor if desired, or our team can oversee care. We come to your home, group home, facility or one of our hospice homes. We offer specialized programs that go beyond the basics of hospice care to treat specific illnesses like heart and lung disease. We also provide caregiver support, grief support and palliative care for people not yet ready for hospice.
You dont have to wait until your physician brings up hospice or palliative. You can always choose to begin the discussion with your personal physician, or you can request an evaluation directly from Pacific Coast Hospice at any time. Hospice care usually begins with a referral, typically from a physician, but referrals can be made by you, family members or even friends. If you are not sure you are ready or if you think you want hospice but need more specific information to help you decide, you can ask for a hospice consultation.
Yes, a person may elect to end their hospice care at any time and then may receive hospice care again, if desired, at a later date. For example, an individual can leave hospice to try a new curative treatment and return to hospice, if they still meet program criteria of a six month life expectancy. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. Alternatively, the patient always reserves the right to transfer hospice providers up to one time in each benefit period.
Hospice insurers, including Medicare, do not cover around-the-clock home nursing (except for crisis care). In addition, experimental treatments, clinical trials or other medical services aimed at curing the disease are not covered. Many people think so, but funeral services are also not covered by hospice.
Respite care is short-term inpatient care provided to the individual when necessary to relieve the family members or other persons caring for the individual at home. Pacific Coast Hospice contracts with Medicare-certified facilities throughout the Valley.
The purpose of continuous home care is to achieve palliation and management of acute medical symptoms. Continuous home care is furnished during brief periods of crisis and as necessary to maintain the terminally ill patient at home.
Our goal as a Hospice provider is to relieve suffering and not to hasten death. Withdrawing life-sustaining treatment is a medical procedure that requires the same degree of Physician participation and quality assurance as any other medical procedure.
Our Bereavement Team provides support for family, caregivers and friends involved in caring for the individual. This support starts during care and continues after through our bereavement program. These resources are provided to anyone in the community at no cost.
Our Grief Support Group meets quarterly on the last Tuesday of the month. Attendees online may choose to participate in listen-only mode, audio-only, or audio & visual mode. RSVP [email protected]
Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team, filling roles that range from direct contact with patients to providing clerical and office support for the organization. Hospice volunteers describe their work as gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful.
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