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Hope is committed to supporting patients and their loved ones with exceptional care, compassion, and dignity.
Hope’s Palliative Care Program provides an extra layer of support to individuals who have chronic, life limiting illnesses. Palliative care is comfort-focused medical care that helps patients avoid hospitalization by managing their pain and symptoms at home. Palliative services are similar to those of hospice, but with a few important distinctions in terms of eligibility criteria. Click here to view our service area.
The underlying terminal medical condition(s) has a prognosis of six months or less.
The underlying terminal condition(s) has a longer-term prognosis.
Services are available 24 hours a day.
Services are available Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
The patient and family are ready to discontinue curative care efforts.
The patient may choose to continue curative care such as chemotherapy.
The care team includes the hospice doctor, nurse case manager, visit nurse, social worker, home health aide, pharmacist, chaplain, and volunteers.
A doctor or nurse practitioner provides medical care, and other medical professionals may assist in managing your plan of care.
Hospice is a fully covered benefit under Medicare and most private insurance plans. There are no out-of-pocket costs for services and supplies.
Palliative care is typically billed through Medicare, private insurance, and private pay; a patient co-pay may apply.
Palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and support staff who work together to help improve patients’ quality of life. We can:
Palliative care aims to prevent repeated hospitalizations for patients who are living with chronic illnesses. The goal is to manage pain and symptoms at home, eliminating the need to travel to a medical facility.
As the disease progresses, the patient eventually becomes eligible for a higher level of in-home care provided through hospice. When that time comes, and if the patient and family want to remain with Hope, the transition to our hospice program is seamless.
The referring physician can call our office at (925) 829-8770. Alternately, the patient, family, or social worker can initiate the process by contacting Hope directly; our Admissions Team will follow up with the patient’s physician to obtain required paperwork.