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Hospice of Ukiah Newsletter


Newsletter-Winter 2017

What is the Hospice and Palliative Care Program?

“You matter… to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to help you live until you die.”   ~ Cicely Saunders

Our Hospice Program is based on the belief that people with terminal illnesses, such as cancer, can live and die comfortably among family and friends in familiar surroundings. We provide supportive, professional care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of these people and their families.

What is Hospice Care and Palliative Care?

Hospice and Palliative Care are ­similar in that both provide team symptom management and comfort measures.  Hospice is for those given a terminal diagnosis. Palliative Care is for people with a chronic debilitating illness or a serious condition such as dementia.  As a volunteer Hospice we do not require patients to have a six-month prognosis and clients may still be receiving treatment for their condition.  Hospice of Ukiah has been providing these free compassionate services to our community since 1980.

How does someone enter the Hospice Program?

Patients, family members or anyone associated with them may make a referral to Hospice. Our Patient Services Coordinator then contacts the patient’s physician and arranges a home visit to determine if the patient and family are appropriate for either our Hospice or Palliative Care Program.

What are the criteria for entering the program?

  1. Hospice is for the patient for whom cure is no longer a realistic expectation. The patient may or may not be receiving treatment. Palliative care is for those with a prognosis of greater than six months.
  2. The patient or his or her representative must be able to participate in decision making.
  3. There should be a willing and able care giving person (or persons) at home.
  4. The patient must have a primary physician who will accept the responsibility of the overall care.
  5. The patient must live in the geographical area we serve, occasionally there are exceptions.

What locations do you serve?

We serve the Ukiah, Calpella, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Hopland, Talmage, Anderson Valley, and Willits areas.

What are Hospice services and what do these cost?

It is the policy of our organization to provide basic hospice and palliative care services free of charge. This includes the services of our coordinator, medical social worker, home health aides, respite workers, bereavement support counselor, and  respite volunteers. Medical equipment and supplies are available for use.

What about skilled nursing?

If a patient’s physician orders skilled nursing visits by a Registered Nurse (R.N.), a referral will be made to home health care or the patient may be transferred to a certified hospice program. The home health agency can provide R.N. services which may be covered by insurances, such as Medicare, MediCal or others.

Can the families really handle the difficult job of caring for a very ill family member at home?

Most of us would probably prefer to be cared for at home and die there if possible. Families can manage this huge undertaking if there is professional and supportive help immediately available. Hospice of Ukiah will be available both at home, during necessary hospitalizations, or in a skilled nursing facility or residential care facility.

Where does Hospice of Ukiah get its money?

Our local program is supported primarily by individual donations, memorial gifts, fundraising events, and our Thrift and Gift Shop at 401 South State Street, Ukiah.

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