San Diego Hospice Care
Hospice care is a service every family should take advantage of when the possibility of a loved one passing becomes a reality.
The emphasis here is on the word “possibility”.
Just because a loved one begins using hospice services does not mean their passing is imminent.
It’s not uncommon for a senior to stabilize once on hospice services.
Hospice care in San Diego provides comfort. Hospice services enhance end of life care by reducing pain and suffering.
Generally, hospice is not a place, but a service. However, we do have some San Diego hospice facilities.
Most often, hospice care is given in a home, in assisted living or in a board and care home.
How Hospice Care in San Diego Works
San Diego hospice care uses an interdisciplinary approach with several team members involved in your loved one’s care. The team members will visit that person according to the care plan laid out with the family before hospice services begin.
Hospice services are on call 24/7 once care is started.
A guideline is that hospice services are prescribed by a doctor when a person is thought to have 6 months or less to live.
All hospice care is covered by private health insurance, Medi-Care or Medi-Cal.
What Services Are Included In San Diego Hospice Care?
Nurse and/or Case Management
He or she will develop the plan of care and coordinate all other services. A nurse’s duties will include pain management and overseeing medications and supplies.
Home Care Aid
This person will provide help with all activities of daily living, such as hygiene, bathing and dressing. They can also help with miscellaneous household duties depending upon need.
This person will address the emotional needs of the patient and family, including bereavement counseling and end of life coping skills. They can also provide resources for financial and legal matters.
If requested, a chaplain or clergyman can come in to provide religious, spiritual or other related services and rituals that are important to the patient.
Hospice care would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers who selflessly devote their time helping families. A volunteer can perform most any task needed, as long as it is not medical or requiring a special license.
Some hospice services are now offering integrative therapies such as massage, music therapy and aromatherapy.