The “team” consists of the patient’s Primary Care Physician, the hospice Medical Director, RN Case Managers, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Hospice Home Health Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains, and trained Volunteers. Through this interdisciplinary approach the team:
- Supports the caregiver in managing the patient’s pain and symptoms;
- Assists the patient and family with the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying;
- Provides teaching for family and significant others on how to provide care for the patient;
- Provides necessary comfort medications, medical supplies, and equipment;
- Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.
Where are services provided?
Care is provided at the patients home, a skilled nursing facility, residential care home (assisted living facility), or at our Hospice House.
How hospice care may help you?
Services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or terminal illness and consist of the following services:
- Visits by the hospice nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aide and volunteer to the patients home;
- Availability of an on-call hospice nurse, 24-hours a day;
- Medications related to the pain and symptom management of the terminal illness;
- Durable medical equipment and supplies;
- Counseling and spiritual support for both patient and family;
- Respite care is available for the caregiver.
- Anticipatory grief support.
- Bereavement and grief support for family members, loved ones, and caregivers including children. Learn more about bereavement programs <click here> [redirect traffic to bereavement section]
What is the cost for hospice care?
Hospice services are not billed to the patient or family. The care is covered under the Medicare hospice benefit, MediCal hospice benefit and most private insurance plans, HMOs and other managed care organizations. The Mission of Hospice of San Joaquin is to provide services to all terminally-ill patients, regardless of ability to pay.