To promote the highest quality of care that will meet the needs of terminally ill patient and their families emotionally, physically, socially and their spirituality.
To inform, educate and give support services in terminal care and related cases for healthy care professionals as well as the community at large.
To give terminally ill patients the experience of comfort and death with dignity as they choose whether at home, in the hospital, or at an extended care facility.
To provide bereavement care for families and caregivers of terminally ill patients.
Los Feliz Hospice Health Care
Offers palliative and comfort care to patients by using the most current methods of pain control and symptom management.
Hospice care is for anyone who has a terminal illness or when curative treatment is no longer effective.
Hospice care: Focuses on enhancing quality of life for the patient and loved ones.
Los Feliz Hospice Health Care is a Hospice Care Agency in Diamond Bar CA that offers medical support for pain control and symptom management. We also offer spiritual support. Our hospice team provides our patients and their caregivers the tools to help them through these challenging times.
Hospice Team consists of interdisciplinary team of professionals.
The team includes:
- Medical Director collaborates with other members of the hospice team and the patient's primary physician to help manage the patients discomfot and symptoms.
- Attending Physician refers patients to the hospice and remains the patient's primary care physician and works closely with the hospice team.
- Registered Nurses are educated in palliative care and pain control; they work with the patients to establish and maintain comfort and quality of life.
- Medical Social Workers provide individual and family counseling to help meet the challenges created by a terminal illness. They also can facilitate family communications, arrange support for caregivers and help find financial and legal assistance.
- Hospice Chaplains provide spiritual counseling for people of all faiths, planning services and serve as a liaison between the family and clergy in the community.
- Bereavement Counselors offer a wide variety of services to the patient's family to help them with the understanding of grief.
- Hospice Volunteers are kind and compassionate individuals who support patients and loved ones by providing respite care and friendly visits.
Where is Hospice Provided?
Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home. Most hospice patients receive care at home or at home of a relative or a friend. Hospice care can also be provided in long term care facilities, nursing homes or hospitals.
Who pays for hospice?
Hospice care is covered through Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs and private pay.
Anyone can refer a patient to a hospice program.
To be admitted, a patient must:
- Agree to treatment aimed at comfort rather than a cute.
- Have an incurable disease resulting to a limited life expectancy, as certified by a physician.
Anyone can initiate a referral by calling the hospice office. Usually, patients choose hospice care with their family and physician when it is decided that there are no cures for the disease. Comfort measures and quality of life become the priority. The patient's physician must appove admission to hospice and work closely with the hospice staff as a member of the team, caring for the patient and family. The hospice medical director is available as a consulting physician.
What kind of Illness?
Hospice provides care to all patients with end stage diagnosis. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Metastatic Malignancies
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Lung Disease
- Stroke and/or coma
- Neurological Disease (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Dementia, etc.)
- Failure of Multiple Organ Systems
- Failure to Thrive
Discontinuing Hospice Care
A hospice patient and family may stop the hospice care anytime, for any reason. If they choose to discontinue the service, health care benefits from the traditional or managed care Medicare/Medical program will continue. In some instances, patient's condition improves, in remission and or stable that the hospice team believesthat the patient cannot be certified and not eligible for the benefit. Patient may return to hospice care as long as eligibility criteria is met, certified by the physician and hospice team.
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