Our care focuses on the physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical needs of the patient and their loved ones.

About Hospice Care

We’ll encourage you and your loved one to think and talk about personal choices on how to live. What comes next will be carefully tailored to support those goals and wishes.

Our Supportive Caregiving Team

  • Physicians uniquely trained in hospice care
  • Nurses expertly trained in pain control and symptom management
  • Hospice aides who assist with personal care
  • Volunteers for friendly visits
  • Hospice Social Worker assesses psychosocial needs and provides education, counseling and emotional support for you and your loved ones. Supportive services include exploring legal and financial issues, care options and community resources.
  • Many others whose skills and commitment combine to provide a complete 24 hour support system for you and your family

Above all else, our services help your loved one live more fully, increasing the quality of the time left. You’ll focus not on illness, but on embracing the very experiences that bring meaning and joy.

Who Pays For Hospice Care?

Hospice is an elected benefit of most insurance plans including Medicare, Medi-Cal, and the VA. Medicare covers the cost of clinical staff visits, medications, home equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness and comfort. Most insurance companies offer inclusive plans similar to Medicare.

After meeting with you and discussing your needs, we’ll verify insurance benefits to determine hospice coverage. If you do not have insurance, our social workers will work with you and your family to find funding options. The Elizabeth Hospice is a nonprofit community agency that provides care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

Myths and Facts About Hospice Care

MYTH:
Hospice patients must sign a Do Not Resuscitate form (DNR) to receive care.
FACT:
The Elizabeth Hospice does not require patients to complete a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form to receive hospice services at home, in long-term care facilities or in contracted hospitals.
MYTH:
Hospice is a place, so you must leave home to receive hospice care.
FACT:
Hospice is a philosophy of care for people who are living with a serious or life-limited illness. Care is provided in the patient’s home or wherever the patient resides, including residential, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities. Some hospice programs have freestanding facilities.
MYTH:
Hospice is only for cancer patients.
FACT:
Hospice care is available to individuals with advanced illnesses including end-stage heart and lung disease, cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, or severe birth defects. Hospice care also supports the patient’s family members and loved ones of all ages during the illness and through grief and loss. The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice specializes in these services, including the sought-after bereavement camp for kids, “Camp Erin San Diego.”
MYTH:
Hospice is only focused on the patient and pain control.
FACT:
Although hospice care is designed to care for the patient by providing expert pain management and symptom control, it also offers emotional and spiritual support delivered by an interdisciplinary hospice team including a nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aide, and other professionals and trained volunteers. Emotional and spiritual support is also provided to the patient’s loved ones.
MYTH:
Hospice is expensive.
FACT:
Hospice care is a cost-effective and valuable healthcare resource for individuals with a life-limiting illness. Most insurance providers, including Medicare and Medi-Cal, cover the cost of hospice care, which is often tremendously less than the cost of hospital care.
MYTH:
You can’t keep your own doctor with hospice.
FACT:
Hospice helps redefine hope for patients and their loved ones. Hospice workers recognize the importance of hope as a powerful, ever-changing force that continues throughout the time of living and process of dying. Hospice offers hope that a secure, familiar care setting can be enjoyed; hope for freedom from fears of isolation, abandonment, loneliness, loss of control and physical pain; and hope that the family will be nurtured and supported through bereavement services long after the death of the patient.
MYTH:
All hospice care is the same.
FACT:
Even in the same community, hospice programs can differ greatly in the services and treatments offered to patients and families. The Elizabeth Hospice is the oldest and most experienced nonprofit hospice program in San Diego County, offering the most comprehensive hospice and palliative care services for adults and children.
MYTH:
Medicare provides only six months of hospice care, so enrollment should be delayed as long as possible.
FACT:
Medicare law does not time-limit the hospice benefit. Patients have access to the Medicare Hospice Benefit as long as the patient’s physician and the hospice medical director certify that the patient’s illness is still considered “terminal,” with an estimated life expectancy of six months or less.