What is the Hospice and Palliative Care Program?
“You matter… to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to help you live until you die.” ~ Cicely Saunders
Our Hospice Program is based on the belief that people with terminal illnesses, such as cancer, can live and die comfortably among family and friends in familiar surroundings. We provide supportive, professional care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of these people and their families.
What is Hospice Care and Palliative Care?
Hospice and Palliative Care are similar in that both provide team symptom management
and comfort measures. Hospice is for those given a terminal diagnosis. Palliative
Care is for people with a chronic debilitating illness or a serious condition such
as dementia. As a volunteer Hospice we do not require patients to have a six-
How does someone enter the Hospice Program?
Patients, family members or anyone associated with them may make a referral to Hospice. Our Patient Services Coordinator then contacts the patient’s physician and arranges a home visit if the patient and family are appropriate for either our Hospice or Palliative Care Program.
What are the criteria for entering the program?
What locations do you serve?
We serve the Ukiah, Calpella, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Hopland, Talmage, Anderson Valley, and Willits areas.
What are Hospice services and what do these cost?
It is the policy of our organization to provide basic hospice and palliative care services free of charge. This includes the services of our coordinator, medical social worker, home health aides, respite workers, bereavement support counselor, and volunteers. Medical equipment and supplies are available for use.
What about skilled nursing?
If a patient’s physician orders skilled nursing visits by a Registered Nurse (R.N.), a referral will be made to home health care or the patient may be transferred to a certified hospice program. The home health agency can provide R.N. services which may be covered by insurances, such as Medicare, Medical or others.
Can the families really handle the difficult job of caring for a very ill family member at home?
Most of us would probably prefer to be cared for at home and die there if possible. Families can manage this huge undertaking if there is professional and supportive help immediately available. Hospice of Ukiah will be available both at home, during necessary hospitalizations, or in a skilled nursing facility or residential care facility.
Where does Hospice of Ukiah get its money?
Our local program is supported primarily by memorial gifts, fundraising events, and our Thrift and Gift Shop at 401 South State Street, Ukiah.
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