FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
Hospice is a philosophy of care. It is focused around the patient and their loved family and friends. The goal of hospice is to preserve the quality of life for a terminally ill patient so that they may spend their last days with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice aims to treat the patient rather than the disease; therefore, it involves the patient and family in making decisions. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones dying but it provides with presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process. Hospice care is typically given in the home but if needed, it may be given in a hospital, nursing home, or a private hospice facility.
Hospice care is meant for the time when all other treatments can no longer help you, and you are expected to live 6 months or less. Hospice provides you with palliative care, which is treatment to help relieve disease-related symptoms, such as pain, but not cure the disease. You, your family, and your doctor decide together when hospice care should begin.
Often, patients and families don’t start hospice care soon enough because they believe that by starting hospice care, they are giving up. This is not the case. If you get progressively better while in the hospice program, you can be taken out and go into treatment once again. The decision is always in your hands. Hillcrest Hospice strives to bring back your quality of life and make the best of each day during the last stages of your illness.
Hospice care is a benefit of the Medicare program and is also covered by Medicaid. Most private insurance companies, HMO’s and managed care plans also offer hospice care as a benefit.
YOUR BAKERSFIELD COMMUNITY HOSPICE TEAM
The physicians on the Bakersfield Community Hospice team decide the best plan of care for you with your primary care physician, the other members of the hospice team, and of course you. They are available to make house calls and are highly skilled in relieving your pain and managing your symptoms.
The registered nurses that will be involved in your plan of care are specially trained to provide pain relief and day to day care. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for home visits and phone calls pertaining to your care and well being.
BAKERSFIELD SOCIAL WORKERS
Our specialized social workers are there to provide emotional support for you and your family. They help you and your family cope with end-of-life issues and provide you with any other resources that will make your life easier.
Our entire team at Bakersfield Community Hospice believes that emotional and spiritual pain are just as real and in need of attention as physical pain; therefore, our chaplains are always available for spiritual support for both you and your family.
BAKERSFIELD HOME HEALTH AIDES AND HOMEMAKERS
Certified home health aides and homemakers are available to help you with personal care, housekeeping, meal preparation, and small errands.
Bakersfield Community Hospice Volunteers go through a thorough training process to be able to make your life and your families’ lives easier. They are available to spend time with you, run errands for you, and even do some light house work.
The Bakersfield Community Hospice Circle of Care represents the team of professionals and volunteers that work together to provide the best care for you and your family both medically and spiritually as the end of life draws near.
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3400 Calloway Dr., Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Bakersfield Community Hospice is a
Joint Commission Accredited Organization
Gold Seal of Approval