Hospice services include skilled nursing, medical social work, PT/OT therapy services, pastoral care, provision of home health aides, nutritional support, volunteer, and bereavement services.
All services are provided under the direction of a physician and / or the Hospice medical director. Pacific Hospice also makes arrangements for needed medical supplies and equipment.
Care is provided at a contracted facility for patients who require pain control, acute/chronic symptom management, or when a breakdown occurs in the family or caregiver system. The necessity of inpatient care, and paid length of stay for inpatient care, are determined by the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team. If a Hospice patient requires hospitalization for any reason unrelated to the terminal diagnosis, Medicare Part A will be utilized.
Under the direction of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, up to five days of respite care at a contracted skilled nursing facility will be paid by Hospice. This benefit may be used to provide the family or caregiver a rest. The patient does not need to meet acute care standards in order to participate in respite care.
Continuous Home Care
Care is provided only during periods of crisis, in order to maintain the patient at home. Criteria for continuous home care are the same as inpatient care. Hospice staff will provide a minimum of eight hours of care per calendar day.
Equipment and Supplies
Pacific Hospice covers the cost of all medical equipment, and supplies required for the comfort and safety, and to treat the patient’s life-limiting illness.
Criteria for Admission
Admission to our Hospice program is made upon the recommendation of your physician, and is based on your needs.
Typically, appropriate candidates for hospice are patients
– With a life expectancy of six months or less
– Who desire palliative care / comfort care
– Who want to stay at home, which is defined as the patient’s residence
– Who desire no aggressive medical treatment