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What is Hospice Care?
At South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care Services we know it is not
easy to talk about death, but our reluctance may rob us of the end-of-life
care we want. Some day we all face our own death, the death of loved
ones, and the death of friends and neighbors. Hospice is a professional team
specializing in assisting patients and their families to focus on living. When
patients are referred to South Coast Hospice, their health care goals change
from cure to comfort as life expectancy may become months versus years. South
Coast Hospice provides a physician-directed, nurse/social worker - coordinated,
interdisciplinary team approach to personal care. The interdisciplinary team consists
of social workers, chaplain, home health aides, trained volunteers and other
disciplines as needed. The Interdisciplinary team provides personalized training
and counseling services with a caring compassionate attitude. With our approach
to care, the patient, caregivers, and family (family unit) receives necessary
information in preparing for death. The family unit are then better prepared for
the reality of the illness and are able to face the last stages of life more
comfortably and confidently.
South Coast Hospice Comfort Care...
Extension of the patients primary care physician to maintain patient comfort
Interdisciplinary Team of Hospice - Certified and trained Nurses, Home Health Aides, Counselors, Social Workers, Chaplain, and Trained Volunteers
Comfort Based Care - Professionally trained pain specialists utilizing technologically advanced pain management.
Respite Care -Time out for family and caregivers to address their own needs.
Personal Assistance - Home Health Aides to help with patient's personal care, bathing, hair and nail care, light housekeeping and laundering.
24 hours a day, 7 days a weekb on-call Nursing Support - Patient/family can avoid emergency room visits and be assured Hospice will respond if an emergency arises.
South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care Services, Inc provides services to individuals regardless of their ability to pay, race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.
Meeting the needs of the patient and family is a top priority of
South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care Services. The entire family unit,
including the patient, family and caregivers is an integral part of
South Coast Hospice care team. The family unit is taught skills to care
for the patient in the home. The entire family unit is an
essential part of the decision making process.
Dr. Dallas Carter is the Medical Director at South Coast Hospice. He
directs the Plan of Care for each patient and regularly consults with
the hospice interdisciplinary team for each patient. Dr. Carter
may serve as a consultant to the patient's personal physician in the
areas of pain and symptom management. Dr. Carter has full privileges at
Bay Area Hospital, and is one of the few Certified Palliative Care Physicians
in the Nation.
Nursing Services include assessment of symptoms, pain management
as well as personal care. South Coast Hospice nurses are trained to
evaluate pain and symptoms to provide services that alleviate the
suffering associated with terminal illness. South Coast Hospice nurses
provide patient and family education on care giving and end-of-life
issues. South Coast Hospice nurses make regularly scheduled
visits to patients. Hospice team support is available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week.
Home Health Aides
South Coast Hospice Certified Home Health Aides provide
personalized patient care and respite for the family.
Licensed social workers enhance the meaning and quality of a patient's
life by providing emotional support to the patient and their
family. They provide counseling in dealing with end-of-life issues,
help with advanced directives, and assist in understanding Medicare,
Medicaid and private insurance benefits. Social workers also help
patients and families find and coordinate community resources.
pain experienced by a hospice patient can be emotional, spiritual as
well as physical. The patients and family members often find it
helpful to speak with a Chaplain about the questions and anxiety
associated with the end of life. The South Coast Hospice and
Palliative Care Chaplains also help patients maintain contact with
their faith communities, as requested. All South Coast Hospice
employees respect the spiritual and lifestyle choices of our patients
and their families.
Trained volunteers work in harmony with the professional staff to provide
patient and family support. Trained volunteers offer patients
and families a listening ear, a hand to hold and the presence of a caring
heart. Services offered by the volunteers are as varied as the
needs of the patients and families. South Coast Hospice
volunteers receive 11 weeks of specialized training before being
assigned to patients and families. The expertise and enthusiasm
of our trained volunteers are an invaluable asset to South Coast
Hospice and Palliative Care Services. For More information
about becoming a volunteer
The concerns of South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care Services does not
end with the death of the patient. Our services follow family
and caregivers for 13 months following the patients death.
Bereavement services may include visits, phone calls, private
grief and loss counseling, bereavement support and education groups,
Light House Center program (support for grieving children, teens and
their families), and continued support of a trained volunteer.
To see the Community Bereavement and Education Center Calendar of
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