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Hospice Care

Hospice care is a form of palliative care specifically for the terminally ill patient with a life expectancy of six months or less. There are differences in goals of care and insurance coverage and reimbursement as well.
  1. Coverage (3)
  2. The Hospice Team (5)
  3. What is Hospice? (5)

What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is similar to palliative care in that the goals are to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. In contrast to palliative care, however, hospice is appropriate when there is a life expectancy of six months or less. When curative treatments are no longer working and/or a patient no longer desires to continue them, hospice becomes the care of choice.

Hospice Readiness - Ready for Hospice Care
User respond how they knew they were ready for hospice.

Hospice of the Valley
Since 1979 over 23,000 of our friends and neighbors have received compassionate end-of-life care and grief support from Hospice of the Valley, the oldest community-based non-profit hospice in Santa Clara County.

Levels of Hospice Care
There are four distinct levels of hospice care based on a patients needs: routine care, continuous care, inpatient care, and respite care.

Am I ready for hospice care?
My doctor told me I have a terminal illness and that I should consider hospice care, but am I ready for hospice care?

Does Choosing Hospice Care Mean I'm Giving Up Hope?
A frequently asked question about hospice care: Does choosing hospice care mean giving up?

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Hospice Care?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of hospice care? Find out here.

Choosing a Hospice and "Levels of Care"
Tips for choosing a hospice agency based on four levels of hospice care.

For-Profit Hospice - Non-Profit and For-Profit Hospice
For-Profit Hospice - Non-Profit and For-Profit Hospice

Hospice Myths
Despite recent growths in hospice awareness, access, and utilization, myths about hospice are still prevalent in our culture.

When Choosing a Hospice Agency, Consider Their Pharmacy Options
Tips on choosing a hospice based on hospice pharmacies.

Hospice Nurse - What Does a Hospice Nurse Do?
Considering hospice nursing? Here is a profile of a typical hospice nurse.

What is a Hospice Volunteer?
Find out what a hospice volunteer is and what a difference they can make.

Lend a Caring Hand
Tips for how you can be a hospice volunteer.

Cuddly Cats and Canines Make Great Volunteers
Hospice patients often enjoy visits from certified pet therapy dogs. Find out how you can get your pet certified.

Pet Therapy Volunteers - Why My Pet Would Make a Great Pet Th…
Reader's share why they think their pet would make a great pet therapy volunteer.

Choosing a Hospice? Ownership Matters
Tips for choosing a hospice provider based on hospice ownership.

Moments With Baxter, the "Hospice Angel"
Interview with Melissa Joseph, owner of pet therapy dog, Baxter, and author of "Moments With Baxter"

Interview with Melissa Joseph, author of "Moments With Baxter"
Interview with Melissa Joseph, author of Moments with Baxter about Baxter the dog.

Choosing a Hospice? Hospice Staff Plays Key Role
Tips for choosing a hospice provider based on hospice staff.

Is Hospice a Place Where One Goes to Die?
Many people wonder whether hospice is place where people go to die.

Flu Vaccines and Hospice Patients
Should hospice and palliative care patients get flu shots? What about their caregivers? Your questions answered here.

Choosing a Hospice Provider
Tips for choosing a hospice based on location of hospice nurses, hospice staff, hospice ownership, and hospice pharmacies.

H1N1 Flu and Hospice Patients
Hospice patients are high risk for contracting the H1N1 flu virus. Should hospice patients get an H1N1 flu vaccine?

Be a Hospice Volunteer - Why Do You Want to Be a Hospice Volunteer?
Readers share why they want to be a hospice volunteer.

H1N1 Flu - Hospice Patients and H1N1 Flu
Hospice and palliative care patients are especially susceptible to H1N1 flu. Find out what you can do to prevent H1N1 flu.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Description of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month - Celebrating National Hos…
Readers share how they will celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Hospice of the Valley
Since 1979 over 23,000 of our friends and neighbors have received compassionate end-of-life care and grief support from Hospice of the Valley, the oldest community-based non-profit hospice in Santa Clara County.

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