Hospice Care: Experienced Nurses & Caregivers Bring Care to Your Home
What is Hospice?
Hospice provides expert care and support to patients and families facing serious advanced illnesses. Our care is centered on the patient’s goals and personal choices. They tell us what’s important to them and we provide care tailored to their wishes. Hospice care focuses on pain relief and symptom control so people can live more comfortably and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
Hospice offers a unique approach to care at end-of-life led by an interdisciplinary team. Services are provided by a physician, registered nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers all working together to provide support, education and excellent care. In addition, our hospice physicians are specialists in hospice and palliative care medicine and understand the treatment options for advanced diseases in order to achieve comfort and symptom control.
Who Qualifies for Hospice Care?
Hospice is available for anyone diagnosed with a life limiting illness and a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Hospice cares for people of all ages with variety of diseases. We will provide a free evaluation to determine if hospice care is appropriate.
Who Pays For Hospice?
Hospice is a medical benefit covered by most insurance plans including Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance companies. If you do not have insurance, VNA of Southern California will work with you and your family to find funding options to meet your needs. We believe that everyone deserves access to quality medical care at end-of-life.
What if I Get Better?
Fortunately there are times when patients improve and no longer require hospice care. We simply discharge the patient from hospice and they resume their normal medical care.
What if I Change My Mind?
When someone elects hospice care, they choose comfort care rather than curative treatments. At anytime during the course of hospice care, you may decide to change your mind and pursue curative treatment and you can choose to discontinue hospice care.
What if My Loved One Lives Longer Than 6 Months?
Patients can be on hospice for more than 6 months as long as they continue to qualify for coverage. Patients are reevaluated every 2-3 months, to determine if they are still eligible for local hospice care. Hospice care will continue to be provided as long as a patient qualifies.
However, if a patient’s condition or prognosis improves and they are no longer eligible, they will be discharged from hospice. Patients may always come back on hospice if their condition worsens at a later time.
Common Myths About Hospice Care
Myth: The hospice patient must die within six months or lose coverage.
Fact: Hospice patients can stay on hospice care as long as medically necessary while the disease takes its normal course.
Myth: Hospice is for patients who have given up and are close to death.
Fact: Hospice is about living – sometimes patients even get better and are taken off of hospice.
Myth: Hospice is a place the patient must go in order to have the services.
Fact: Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home, including inpatient care facilities.
We serve patients in and around the following communities: Alta Loma, Azusa, Banning, Beaumont, Bloomington, Bradbury, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Chino, Chino Hills, City of Industry, Claremont, Corona (North of 91), Covina, Diamond Bar, Duarte, Fontana, Glendora, Grand Terrace, Hacienda Heights, Highland, Home Gardens, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Loma Linda, Lytle Creek, Mira Loma, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Norco, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Reche Canyon, Redlands, Rialto, Riverside, Rowland Heights, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Upland, Walnut, West Covina, and Yucaipa.