WHAT IS HOSPICE?
How would you define Hospice Care?
Hospice care is holistic care of a terminally ill patient and his or her close family. It is an act of loving-kindness and compassion by a family toward a loved one who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, injury or who has lived to a ripe old age and is transitioning due to advanced age. At Hospice Care LA we provide the highest-quality medical care in an environment of compassion and spiritual and emotional support in Los Angeles. We provide optimized pain management and care in harmony with each patient’s wishes, traditions and living will mandates.
End-of-life transition is often highly transformative. It is a sacred time of final bonding and release. It is a time when family needs to know that their loved one is being honored with the right to die in dignity and without pain. If they chose to spend their last days at home, we are there to make that happen. If they prefer to receive palliative care in our homey facility, we will care for your loved one wherever they prefer. We will also provide loving care to the patient’s family, as the patient, family and close friends enjoy an environment of love, support, safety and absolute care.
Hospice Services Equal Extreme Care
When a loved one is beyond cure, there is nothing more loving or appropriate than to provide extreme care. Each patient has their personal preference. Many prefer care in the privacy and comfort of their own home. In this case, Hospice Care LA has a full-care staff that can deploy to the patient’s home or that of a relative or close friend.
We also operate an on-site, top-quality palliative care medical facility, or our staff can care for your loved one at a hospital, nursing home, or other long-term care facility. Patients can be of any age or disease state, and hospice services are not limited to the elderly.
Hospice care is generally covered under:
- Private insurance
- HMO plans
- Managed care organizations
What is the Procedure to Establish Hospice Care for a Terminally Family Member?
In most cases, families rely on a family member or multiple family members to care for a terminally ill loved one. This caregiver may take on the role spontaneously, or it may be a carefully considered decision made years before the family member falls ill. Some cultures have established norms regarding which family members are responsible for the care of those at the end of life.
Typically, this designated person leads the decision-making process concerning palliative care. Although not always the case, this person may receive support from other family members in the caregiving process. Our staff actively assists this individual or the family team, backed by the full support of the hospice staff, who conduct scheduled visits throughout the treatment.
Our staff continuously monitors and assesses the patient at the request of the primary caregiver or patient. Hospice staff is available around the clock, seven days a week.
The hospice team creates a personalized care plan for each patient, meticulously considering their specific needs, desires, directives, and medical criteria. Since each patient approaches the end of life uniquely, a holistic team of caregivers remains attentive to every need of your loved one.
Our team typically configures from the following care providers:
- Family doctor/lead physician
- On-staff hospice doctor and nursing team
- Emotional care team consisting of a psychologist, clergy or spiritual practitioner
- Nursing aides, home health assistants, volunteer companions
- Physical therapists, masseuse and other body care professionals
- Social Worker
- Family care team
Palliative Care Services Offered
Our comprehensive palliative care team comprises highly skilled healthcare professionals who contribute their expertise, training, innate compassion, and dedication to ensure end-of-life dignity, delivering complete spiritual and emotional care, supporting families, and maximizing comfort during the final journey.
These are the primary services provided by our team:
- Minimize or extinguish patient’s pain and symptoms
- Provide whole-person and whole-family spiritual and psychological support
- Inform the patient and their family on the process of dying
- Monitor pain levels and administer pain medication
- Procures mobility accessories, if needed
- Provides medical equipment and supplies, as needed
- Provides and educates family on detailed aspects of patient care
- On-site occupational/physical therapy is available on request
- Respite care of family caregivers
- Bereavement counseling