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MISSION
Compassionate Care Hospice (“CCH”) has defined as its mission to affirm life during its final stages by providing holistic compassionate care to patients and their families; by providing access to hospice care for underserved or difficult to serve populations; by wise and efficient use of available resources, and by educating the community in order to provide them with knowledge regarding end-of-life and hospice care around quality of life.
Hospice affirms life and does not hasten or postpone death.

The hospice philosophy of care accepts death as the final stage of life. It focuses on quality rather than length of life. The goal of hospice is to enable patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.
Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease.
Hospice may be the right choice if you or your loved one has an illness with a prognosis of less than 6 months and have chosen to receive “palliative” as opposed to “curative” care. What this simply means is shifting the focusing from curing a disease to maximize the comfort, dignity and care of the individual. Palliative care consists of relief of pain and nausea, as well as psychological, social and spiritual support services.
Hospice care is family-centered care.
It involves the patient and the family in making decisions.

 

FOUR LEVELS OF CARE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE

Routine Home Care
This is the most common level of hospice care. Routine home care includes, but is not limited to, nursing and home health aide services. Patients may receive Routine Hospice Care in their home or what they “call home”—in a long-term care or assisted living facility.

Continuous Home Care
Continuous Home Care is provided during periods of crisis in which a patient requires continuous nursing care to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms. This intensive care is provided in the patient’s home or facility where they live. In addition to being visited by the team members, the patient will receive up to 24 hours a day care by a licensed nurse and hospice aide, when on Continuous Home Care.

General Inpatient Care
General Inpatient Care is care for pain control and symptom management that cannot effectively be provided in other settings. It is usually of a short-term nature and can be provided in a hospital, hospice unit or long-term care facility. Compassionate Care Hospice has dedicated inpatient hospice units in some of our programs.

Respite Care
Respite Care is short-term inpatient care provided to the patient when necessary for the purpose of providing a break in caregiving to the patient’s caregiver(s). It is only provided on an occasional basis, for a maximum of five days approximately every 90 days. Respite Care is provided in a hospital, hospice unit or long-term care facility

Our Circle of Care
Our Circle of Care depicts the holistic continuum of care rendered by our hospice professionals and trained volunteers working together as a team 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to assess and meet your needs—and your loved ones’ unique needs—as the end of life draws near.

 

Registered Nurse Case Manager: The RN Case Manager works most closely with you in developing an individualized plan of care. He or she will be focused on managing any pain or other symptoms which your illness may be causing you. Additionally, your nurse will communicate with your physician on a regular basis to keep him or her up-to-date on your care and any needs which may arise.

Social Worker: Your Social Worker works with you and your family on addressing the very real financial, emotional, and social stresses which can affect a patient and his or her family who are coping with a terminal illness. Additionally, he or she is able to connect you with community resources (including the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation), which can ease the costs associated with an illness.

Chaplain: The Chaplain is chiefly responsible for addressing your emotional and spiritual needs. He or she does not promote religion, but rather any spiritual needs you and your loved ones may have. Additionally, the Chaplain is available to aid you in connecting with your local clergy, if you so desire.

Medical Director: Each patient will have a Medical Director involved with their care. He or she is part of the team and consults regularly with the other hospice team members, as well as your personal (attending) physician, regarding your care. Patients may always retain their personal physician while under hospice services.

Hospice Volunteer: A Hospice Volunteer is an integral part of your hospice team. Volunteers are able to visit you in your home and provide respite, companionship, and socialization.

Certified Hospice Aide: The Certified Hospice Aide is often your day-to-day contact with Compassionate Care Hospice. He or she will assist you in personal care, such as bathing, dressing, incontinence care, housework, meal preparation, or just to be a friendly visitor to brighten your day.

Holistic Therapies: Compassionate Care Hospice provides a variety of Holistic Therapies, such as musicmassageart and pet therapy. These therapeutic methods can be an invaluable way to manage the symptoms of your illness, in addition to, or instead of, medications.

 

COMPASSIONATE CARE HOSPICE ACCEPTS PATIENTS REGARDLESS OF THEIR ABILITY TO PAY.

However, the majority of hospice patients are covered under their Medicare Benefit. Medicare Part A covers hospice 100% with no co-pay and no deductible for hospice services.

Included in the hospice benefit are:

  • Physicians’ services
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness
  • Medicines related to the terminal illness
  • Short–term inpatient, respite, and continuous care
  • Hospice Aide and homemaker services
  • Social work, dietary and spiritual counseling
  • After hours on-call and telephone triage services

Medicaid: In most states, Medicaid covers hospice care. In California, Medicaid is called Medi-Cal.
Private Insurance: Most insurance plans, issued by employees and the military, as well as many managed care plans, cover hospice.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU
Navigating insurance coverage can be a time consuming process, our intake department will be happy to verify coverage and receive authorization for hospice services.

At Home
Compassionate Care Hospice takes care of patients primarily in their home. Home is defined by the patient and therefore can mean an individual’s house or apartment, a long-term care facility or assisted living.

 

Inpatient
All of Compassionate Care’s programs offer inpatient hospice in various settings;
nursing homes and hospitals being the most common. Some of our programs have dedicated hospice units as well.

 

Nursing Home/Assisted Living
Recognizing the unique requirements in this environment, we will work with the facility to design a program that works for each patient’s individual needs.