The Elizabeth Hospice aspires to a world in which every life ends with compassion, dignity and peace.
Hospice care is a choice when you and your doctor determine that future efforts to cure the illness are no longer feasible or desirable. We offer an extensive array of services to children and adults, along with comprehensive support for their loved ones. Our focus is to make sure you are comfortable and as pain-free as possible, and to help you make the most of every moment of living.
Our services go beyond relieving pain, answering questions and providing resources. We become our patients’ trusted companion and customize the care experience to meet their unique needs and wants. Our focus is not on the illness, but on embracing experiences that bring meaning and joy to a person’s life.
Members of the hospice care team may include:
- Physician trained in hospice care
- Nurse who is an expert in pain control and symptom management
- Home health aide who assists with personal care
- Medical social worker who provides supportive counseling as well as guidance with legal and financial issues, care options and community resources
- Spiritual counselor who offers comfort by addressing fears and concerns
- Volunteer who provides companionship during friendly visits and lends a helping hand
Integrative therapies are offered by specially trained and certified volunteers to help ease the symptoms related to our patients’ disease or condition. These therapies include: Reiki, pet therapy and aromatherapy.
Additional patient services include: Pawsitive Pet Connect which provides dog walking and other services for the pets of housebound patients; Veteran to Veteran, a volunteer program designed to honor and care for those who served our country, and grief counseling for patients and their families who are grieving the imminent end of life of their loved one.
Hospice is an elected benefit of most insurance plans, including Medicare, Medi-Cal and the VA. This coverage includes clinical staff visits, medications, and home equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness. After meeting with you and discussing your needs, we’ll verify your insurance benefits to determine your hospice coverage. If you do not have insurance, our social workers will help you and your family identify funding options.
The Elizabeth Hospice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides care to everyone in the community, regardless of their ability to pay. Your support makes this possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Caregivers at The Elizabeth Hospice recognize hope as a powerful, ever-changing force that continues throughout the time of living and the process of dying. Hospice offers hope that a secure, familiar care setting can be enjoyed, hope for freedom from fears of isolation, loneliness, loss of control and physical pain, and hope that your family will be nurtured and supported through comprehensive counseling services during the end-of-life journey and after their loved one’s death.
Hospice is a philosophy of care for people who are living with a serious or life-limiting illness. We provide care in the patient’s home or wherever the patient resides, including residential, skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities.
Hospice care is available for individuals with advanced illnesses, including end-stage heart and lung disease, cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, AIDS or severe birth defects. Hospice care also supports family members and loved ones of all ages during the illness and through grief and loss.
Hospice programs differ in the services and treatments offered to patients and families. The Elizabeth Hospice is the largest and most experienced nonprofit provider of hospice care, palliative care and grief support services in San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County. We earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, an independent not-for-profit organization that certifies and accredits healthcare institutions across the U.S, This certification demonstrates our commitment to quality and dedication to excellence.
Hospice care is a cost-effective and valuable healthcare option for individuals with a life-limiting illness. Most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medi-Cal, cover the cost of hospice care. Contact us if you have questions about your insurance coverage.
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