Hospice and Palliative Care

The objective of both hospice and palliative care is pain and symptom relief.  However, there are important differences. Hospice care is delivered at home or in home-like hospice residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, veterans' facilities, hospitals and other facilities. Whereas, palliative care teams typically work in a hospital, and is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness.

Hospice Care

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care offers patient focused and compassionate medical care for people with a life limiting illness or injury. It is an option for care that emphasizes quality of life for people when medical treatments can no longer cure a serious illness. 

Hospice is covered by Medi-Cal and Medicare, and provides care in homes, nursing facilities, and long term care facilities.

Hospice Care

Services include:

  • Routine visits from trained medical staff for pain and symptom management
  • 24 hour phone availability, 7 days a week, for medical concerns and support
  • Durable medical equipment, certain medications, and supplies as needed
  • Short-term relief for people helping with caregiver duties (Respite Care)

For more information about Hospice care or for a Hospice evaluation, please contact your Primary Care Physician.

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Dealing with a serious illness can be very physically, emotionally, and spiritually difficult for many people. Palliative Care is designed to provide comprehensive care to people living with an advanced illness, and can be offered during any stage of an illness.  

Palliative Care is different than Hospice care as it can be combined with traditional, curative treatments and can be provided in many settings such as homes, nursing facilities, long term care facilities, clinics, and hospitals. 

Palliative Care

Services include:

  • Consultation and Care Coordination based upon the patient’s goals of care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Guidance and resources for advance care planning
  • Telephonic support for medication and care guidance

For additional information about how Palliative Care can help, please contact your Primary Care Physician.

Resources

National Resource Links

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America  is dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their caregivers and families.

Caring Connections

Caring Connections provides people with information and support when they are planning ahead, caring for a loved one, living with an illness or grieving a loss.

Family Caregiver Alliance-National Center on Caregiving

Family Caregiver Alliance-National Center on Caregiving is a community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. They offer various services, educational programs, and publications that are developed with caregivers' expressed needs in mind, to offer real support, essential information, and tools to manage the complex and demanding tasks of caregiving.

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. It also develops public and professional educational programs and materials to enhance understanding and availability of hospice and palliative care.

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Planning kits and additional information are available in many languages.
 

State and Local Resource Links

Alzheimer's Association California Greater Los Angeles Chapter

Alzheimer's Association California Greater Los Angeles Chapter assists people with Alzheimer's and their families by offering a variety of diverse educational programs and various caregiver resources.

Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online.

Partnership for Parents

Partnership for Parents is a bilingual online source of support and information for parents of children with life-threatening illnesses and grieving parents. All of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

USC Family Caregiver Support Center

USC Family Caregiver Support Center (formerly Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center) helps families and communities master the challenges of caring for older adults with brain impairing conditions and/or adults with multiple health concerns. Services are low or no-cost to family caregivers and friends who help someone over the age of 60.  Contact the center at 855-USC-6060 (1-855-872-6060)