What is Hospice and Palliative Care?
- Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support compassionately to patients and their families when a limiting illness no longer responds to cure oriented treatment.
- Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but focuses rather on the quality of life’s possibilities.
- The goal of hospice is to improve the quality of a patient’s remaining days by delivering exceptional care with an emphasis on comfort, dignity, and compassion.
The Mission/Pacific hospice team is trained to manage all symptoms related to end stage illnesses.
With a strong emphasis on medical and holistic management, our Mission/Pacific hospice routinely delivers the following services:
- Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapies
- Medical Social Services/Counseling
- Physician board certified and fellowship trained in hospice and palliative medicine
- Nursing Care
- Spiritual Counseling
- Volunteer Services
- Bereavement Services
- Pain and Symptom Management
- Respite Care
- Medical Equipment/Supplies
- 24/7 accessibility to staff
- Community Referrals
To provide physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to terminally ill patients, as well as their families and loved ones, while assisting patients, to live with dignity and comfort as they cope with end of life issues.
Mission recognizes these values and their role in fulfilling our mission:
Commitment to Our Patients – We recognize the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each person receiving health care services at home. We strive to extend the highest level of courtesy, safety, and service to patients, family/ caregivers, visitors, and each other.
Commitment to Innovation – We deliver state-of-the-art home care services. We engage in a wide range of continuing education, clinical education, and other programs for professionals and the public.
Commitment to Excellence – We strive to create an environment of teamwork and participation, where, through continuous performance improvement and open communication, health care professionals pursue excellence and take pride in their work, the organization, and their personal development. We believe that the quality of our human resources is the key to our continued success. We maintain financial viability through cost-effective operation to meet long-term commitment to the community.
Who decides when Hospice is right for you?
You decide, it’s that simple. The decision is made by you with the input of your physician or loved ones. You can also later decide to discontinue hospice services should you wish to seek curative therapies.
Who pays for Hospice?
Hospice is fully funded by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. There are not out-of-pocket expenses to the patient. Most private insurances also cover Hospice. We would be happy to find out what your benefits cover.