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St. Joseph Health, Hospice is committed to providing comfort and support to patients facing life-limiting illness and to their families. We know that this may be an overwhelming time for you and your family. You don’t have to do this alone; we’re here to help. By choosing hospice care, you’ll have people by your side helping you every step of the way.

For more information about hospice care and the services we provide, please contact us at (714) 712-9559.

SERVICES OFFERED

The hospice multidisciplinary team provides the following services to patients and their families:

  • An individual plan of care
  • Nursing visits to manage pain and other symptoms
  • Help with personal care
  • Telephone access to a hospice nurse 24-hours a day, 7-days a week
  • Counseling and emotional support
  • Spiritual counseling and support
  • Medications to manage pain and other symptoms
  • Durable medical equipment and medical supplies to ensure patient comfort and safety
  • Respite and companionship
  • Bereavement support for family members for a year after the death of a loved one

HOSPICE TEAM

Our team of experienced hospice professionals is dedicated to providing the best care possible in an atmosphere of compassion and dignity. Our team includes:

  • Patient's Attending Physician
  • Medical Director
  • Learn more about St. Joseph Hospice Medical Directors Dr. Mike Malouf and Dr. Joseph Preston.
  • Nurse
  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Chaplain
  • Bereavement Coordinator
  • Volunteer
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Music and Massage Therapies
  • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapists

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is hospice?

Hospice provides comfort and support to patients and families facing a life-limiting illness. The goal of hospice care is quality of life and meeting the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of patients. We focus on comfort.

Who can receive hospice care?

Hospice care is provided to anyone who has a medical condition with a prognosis of six months or less if the disease or condition runs its normal course. Hospice is for patients who have chosen to focus on comfort care.

Who pays for hospice care?

Medicare, Medi Cal and most commercial insurance plans pay for hospice services.

When should a decision be made to enter hospice and who makes it?

At any time during a life-threatening illness when a cure is no longer possible or the patient makes a decision to discontinue curative care and focus on comfort. The decision to enter hospice care is made with the patient, family and their physician preferably as soon as it is clear that the focus is no longer on curing the illness. This allows for sufficient time for the hospice team to establish a relationship and manage the patient's symptoms.

What about my primary care physician?

Hospice works closely with the patient's primary care physician to create a plan of care that meets the patient’s unique needs. Patients can continue to see their primary care physician in the office setting as needed.

If I have questions, who do I call?

St. Joseph Hospice staff are available 24 hours a day at 714-712-9559.

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