While there are many connections between palliative care and hospice care, there are a few distinctions between them. Hospice and palliative care both include providing comfort care as the main premise of their services. This means managing pain and making the patient as comfortable as possible through a serious illness or end-of-life stage.
Hospice begins when the patient enters the palliative care for the final six months of life. Hospice teams consist of medical and social service providers who work together with the patient and family to address the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients with life-threatening illnesses. Hospice and palliative care may be provided in a hospital, but usually it’s provided in the patient’s home, even if that is an assisted living facility or nursing home.
San Diego is home to many quality hospice and palliative care organizations. Here are a few to check out:
Silverado Hospice San Diego is part of a larger network that serves other areas in California. Their goal is to provide personalized medical, social, and spiritual care to patients and their families so that the end-of-life stage is one of care and compassion. Silverado hosts community outreach events and workshops to encourage the community to better understand and support hospice care. Silverado is accredited by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Joint Commission Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO).
Scripps Hospice provides compassionate home health, inpatient palliative care, and hospice care for patients who have chosen to manage pain and other physical symptoms without using life-saving measures. The staff coordinates services between the programs to help families navigate the end-of-life stage with dignity and compassion. The goal at Scripps is to provide an optimum quality of life for patients, families, and the caregivers who serve them. Their doctors are all board certified and nurses are available around the clock.
San Diego families who need hospice services have the benefit of having the Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice in their city. This hospice program celebrates 38 years of serving San Diego residents. In addition to providing direct care for hospice The Elizabeth Hospice provides counseling and grief support services for patients, their families, and to the community at large for over 90,000 people, regardless of their ability to pay. The staff at Elizabeth Hospice is trained to respond to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical needs of the population that they serve.
Families who need in-home assistance in San Diego can find help at 24 Hour Homecare, an organization that provides around-the-clock in-home care at any time of day or night. The service monitors care, in real time, using an advanced telephone system. Upon request, 24 Hour Home care will send caregivers who have training in the areas of specific diseases or illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, Renal Disease, Diabetes, and other medical conditions. They offer a free consultation and do not require a minimum hourly fee. 24 Hour Home care was rated as the 2016 Best of Senior Living program for in-home care by SeniorAdvisor.com.
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