Hospice Care

About Hospice Care

Hospice is specialized care that addresses the unique needs of a patient and family coping with the many issues that arise during the final stages of life.

Our focus is on the comfort, care and compassion--not cure. This phase of the human journey is a time when complex physical, emotional, and spiritual issues come together at the same time. Patients and families experience a wide range of questions and emotions. Attention to their spiritual and emotional needs is as important as the attention to physical needs.

Guardian Home and Health Home Care and Hospice has a depth of experience and specialized knowledge to help guide patients and their loved ones through this difficult time, offering support and care when needed most. We provide care in a patient's home, wherever that may be--in a residence, long term care facility, or local hospital. Guardian Home and Health Home Care and Hospice offers services designed to respect and honor a person's wishes during the final stages of life. We strive to affirm life, preserve dignity, and care for individuals and the entire family.

Criteria for Hospice Home Care under Medicare.

  • Patients must have Hospice diagnosis of six (6) months or less to live

We provide the following:

  • Intermittent visits by nursing personnel, a homemaker, home health aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteers and other professionals as defined on the Informed Consent Form.
  • Intermittent visits and/or consultation by auxiliary team members providing dietary, physical occupational and speech therapies.
  • Extended hours of care in the home in times of medical crises, as determined by the Hospice Team and defined by the Medicare Hospice benefit. Hospice is on call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
  • Medical supplies, equipment and prescription medications (less deductible, if applicable) that are related to the terminal diagnosis.
  • Hospital care for acute pain and symptom management that cannot be achieved at home. Short-term inpatient care is provided only as arranged by Hospice.
  • Respite care to relieve the family/caregiver for up to five (5) days per stay per period.

Bereavement Services

The loss ofa loved one is one of the hardest experiences that one can cope with in life. It is a huge transition for everyone involved. We at Guardian Home and Health understand that grieving, coping and readjusting one’s own life is often painful and challenging. We offer a variety of ways to support individuals, and families, throughout their grief process for up to a year after the loss of a loved one.

Spiritual Support

Our interfaith chaplains offer pastoral counseling and spiritual support. The chaplains can make onsite visits or individuals or a group may come in to receive these services. In addition, the chaplains can assist families with funeral and memorial planning.

Individual Counseling

Individual grief counseling and support groups for youth and adults are offered to individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one. These services are not limited to those whose loved one received hospice services. One-to-one counseling is available in our various offices for those who would like the support of trained grief counselors. Onsite visit can also be made by our grief counselors.

Support Groups

Support groups for youth and adults are offered to individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one. These services are not limited to those whose loves one received hospice services.

Further Information

For further information about any of our bereavement services, please visit the dedicated Contact Us page for the Guardian Home and Health Bereavement Program to be connected with the appropriate staff person.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at Guardian, please call us: 510-742-8700

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