Hospice

Hospice directory for the South Bay

Looking for a nearby hospice service? We’ve created a free online hospice directory showing Medicare-certified hospices known to us to serve patients in or near our South Bay (Los Angeles County) area. We’ve noted whether they have served one or more residents at Caring House. Before helping residents, a hospice enters into a care coordination agreement(…)

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Living arrangements and Medicare hospice services

We just published a report covering living arrangements and obtaining needed help when a person is receiving hospice services under Medicare. It covers the four levels of hospice, skilled vs. personal care, goals of care, where patients receive hospice services, hiring home care help, moving and receiving care outside the home, and much more. Please take(…)

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

At Caring House we’re thankful for many people. They include Our residents, who entrust our staff and volunteers with their care — and teach us along the way. The families and friends of our residents who support them and our work. The neighbors who have welcomed us into the neighborhood and helped us create a place(…)

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Social model hospice conference strengthens national movement

Karen Pearson, our resident care manager, recently met with more than 70 representatives of 22 care homes from across the nation.  The occasion was the Third Annual Social Hospice Network Conference, held July 15-18, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Showing the strong growth of this movement, the attendance was more than double that of the 2014 event. “Social Hospice”(…)

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Caring House will help people make better use of hospice

At Caring House, we believe strongly in the importance of hospice support at the end of life. More than a dozen Medicare-certified hospice service providers serve the South Bay. Caring House – not a hospice service provider itself – will be a place where a person can choose to receive hospice services. By providing a(…)

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Glossary of hospital and care terms

Ever been mystified by medical and care terminology? In hospitals and other care settings, words and phrases are often used that are rarely used elsewhere. From “advance directive” to “DNR” – from “full code” to “renal failure” – we’ve put together this quick, plain-language guide to hospital and care terms. Advance directive: Typically a written(…)

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The four Medicare hospice benefit levels

Medicare has four distinct levels of hospice services. Routine Home Care: Provided by the hospice service in the patient’s home or wherever the patient lives. Applies to about 95% of hospice care. Respite Care: Short-term care (limited to 5 consecutive days) for the patient in a care facility to relieve the family or other caregiver.(…)

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Question: Where do hospice patients receive care?

Answer: In October 2010, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) issued its report titled “NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America”. The report includes data through 2009. Focusing on where hospice patients were residing at their times of death, NHPCO reports that 40.1% were at home in 2009 (compared to 40.7% in(…)

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Question: Aren’t there already lots of hospices out there?

Answer: It sounds like you are familiar with existing hospice service agencies. More than a dozen of them serve the South Bay. Many do wonderful work – bringing services to where the patient lives. They work with a patient a few hours a day, visiting the patient in the hospital, at home or in a(…)

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