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Myths and Facts about Hospice Care

Based on a survey of San Diego County residents to determine the awareness of hospice care in our community, results showed that the majority of County residents had heard of hospice. However, more than half of the respondents were not able to name any hospice services. Most did not know that hospice services include support for family members as well as for the patient,  special programs for children, and bereavement support. In addition, many people are not aware that most insurance programs cover the cost of hospice care. We have developed a list of the most common myths and facts about hospice care, to help improve the understanding of this health care benefit, and have included some of the information below:

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.

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Myth: All hospice programs provide the same services.
Fact: Even in the same community, hospice programs can differ in the services and/or treatments that are offered to patients and their family members. Currently, there are dozens of different hospice programs in San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties, all independent of each other. In most cases, individuals can choose which hospice program to receive services from. The Elizabeth Hospice is the most experienced nonprofit hospice program in San Diego County, with a 40-year history of providing the most comprehensive hospice and palliative care services for adults and children.

For more information, ask your doctor about hospice or palliative care services, or call The Elizabeth Hospice toll-free at 800.797.2050. Information is also available online at www.elizabethhospice.org/services.

Reflecting on Father's Day

Reflecting on Father’s Day

Father’s Day evokes a wide spectrum of memories and emotions for many people, but for someone whose father is deceased, it can be particularly bittersweet. The role and significance of a father or a father figure in one’s life can vary infinitely—as much as individual personalities and extended families vary. However, in some unfathomable way—regardless of how intimate or conflicted the relationship; how dramatic or reserved our expressions of feelings for one another; how deeply we try to emulate or avoid any resemblance to our fathers—they leave an indelible mark on our hearts, and impact us in profound ways.

For many, losing our parents is the final step into full adulthood and into a greater sense of our own identity, as well as our own mortality. Alexander Levy, in his book, The Orphaned Adult, said: “In adulthood, parents are like the rearview mirror of a car, making it safe to operate, as we head into the unknown, by providing a glimpse of where and who we have been so we can better understand where and who we are becoming.”

Perhaps one of the ways we best honor our deceased loved ones, or honor our own pain, is to tell the stories of them that hold meaning for us. If you are grieving the loss of your father this Father’s Day, you might choose to tell those stories to your children, your siblings, or in a grief support group. Or you may choose to write your stories, or tell them through art or music, or through any means of sharing that resonates with you. Tell about going to your first Padres’ game together, or about a conversation with him you’ll never forget, or about the day he taught you drive a stick shift. Tell about his sense of humor or his ability to grill the perfect steak. Tell about the disappointments, and about the relationship with him you wish you’d had. Or tell about the day you said goodbye, and what you now miss the most. The important thing is to pause long enough to remember and express our stories—the simple, pleasant ones, or perhaps the more complicated, painful ones. Each in their own way, pay tribute to the person we knew and to the memories we carry with us.

Wherever you are this Father’s Day, may you be comforted and supported by those who care about you. And if you could benefit from additional support, please allow the grief professionals at The Elizabeth Hospice to come alongside and walk with you on your journey, helping you discover valuable ways of coping with your unique loss. We would be honored to hear your stories.

Paula Bunn, LMFT, FT
Manager, Grief Counseling Services
The Elizabeth Hospice

Your Primary Care Physician and the Hospice Care Team: Partners in Caring

One of the important aspects of hospice care is the interdisciplinary team approach to providing services that focus on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients, as well as providing support and education for family members.

The hospice interdisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists and trained volunteers. There is a misperception that once a patient elects hospice care services, they can no longer keep their personal doctor, which is not the case. The fact is, the hospice care team partners with the patient and the patient’s primary care physician in providing comprehensive services in support of the patient’s goals for care.

For more information about how hospice care, contact the professionals at The Elizabeth Hospice toll-free at 800.797.2050 or visit the website for additional details.

The Elizabeth Hospice appoints Dr. George Delgado as Chief Medical Officer

San Diego, CA – March 30, 2017 — In honor of National Doctors’ Day, The Elizabeth Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of George Delgado, MD, FAAFP, HMDC as Chief Medical Officer for The Elizabeth Hospice. Dr. Delgado succeeds Dr. Glenn Panzer who will now become Chief Medical Officer Emeritus and will focus more on direct patient care.

Dr. Delgado will oversee all aspects of the nonprofit hospice’s medical practice and palliative care services. Additionally, another of his top priorities is to improve quality of life for patients and their families by educating physicians and the community about end-of-life care.

“We often hear families and patients say, ‘I wish I had known about hospice sooner,” said Dr. Delgado. “Quality of life can be achieved by empowering both patients and their families.”

“Dr. Delgado will build on the foundation created throughout the organization’s 39-year history, to improve the quality of life for people of all ages impacted by illness, grief, and loss in our community,” said Jan Jones, President and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice. “In his 20+ year tenure as a physician, Dr. Delgado has earned the admiration and respect from the patients, families, and clinicians he has partnered with over the years, and we are pleased to have his expertise and leadership in enhancing our services.”

Dr. Delgado received his medical doctorate at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Delgado is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and a Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine. Prior to being promoted to chief medical officer, he served as associate medical director and pediatric program medical director for The Elizabeth Hospice. He has been with the agency for 11 years.

About The Elizabeth Hospice
The Elizabeth Hospice (http://elizabethhospice.org) is the region’s most experienced and largest nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families in San Diego and the Inland Empire. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 95,000 patients and families in the communities we serve, regardless of their ability to pay, and providing specialty services such as Veterans Outreach, Palliative Care, Pediatric and Perinatal Hospice Care and counseling and grief support for all ages through its Center for Compassionate Care, regardless of the type of illness or death experienced. To learn more, call (800) 797-2050 or visit our website at www.elizabethhospice.org
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