Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and to maintain the dignity and integrity of individuals facing the end of life by offering comfort, support and compassion.
We strive to:
- Address the symptoms of the patient’s diseases with emphasis on controlling pain and discomfort.
- Empower the patient and family by preparing them for the natural process of dying and providing physical, emotional and spiritual support
- Provide bereavement and counseling services.
What is a Hospice?
Hospice is not a place, it is a concept for those who have life-limiting illnesses. Even when medicine cannot provide a cure, it can offer comfort, care, and assistance that help maintain a better quality of life for the patient. This type of attention is called palliative care. It involves the aggressive treatment of physical and emotional pain and symptoms. It focuses on enhancing a patient’s comfort and improving that person’s quality of life
Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones the end of life. It is predicated on the belief that through sensitivity, appropriate care, and the support of a caring community, terminally ill patients and their families can begin to prepare, mentally, and spiritually, to face the inevitable challenges ahead.
Centuries ago, a hospice was a shelter for travelers. Over the years, it evolved into a refuge where people could find care, comfort and support during difficult times in their journey through life.
It is to help with this journey that Los Angeles Hospice has been founded to assist patients and families who are coping with terminal illnesses.
Meet the team
Los Angeles Hospice provides intensive treatment of symptoms. This palliative care focuses on enhancing a patient’s comfort and overall quality of life and is provided in the patient’s home, a nursing home, residential care facility for the elderly, or a hospital. Los Angeles Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or on an intermittent basis.
Los Angeles Hospice recognizes that psychological, spiritual and social services as well as medical/clinical care, can contribute to an improved quality of life for patients and their families. A team of dedicated Los Angeles Hospice professionals, guided by the choices and decisions made by the patient, family and physician, serves every patient. The team consists of, but not limited to:
- Hospice Physician, who oversees the hospice team on the plan of care for each patient.
- Skilled Nurses who are trained to deal with pain and symptom management
- On Call Support who provide 24/7 on call coverage
- Social Workers who offer counseling and as resources for community services
- Chaplains who provide spiritual support if needed
- Certified Home Health Aide who offer non medical care and other everyday activities of daily living
- Bereavement and Spiritual Counselors who provide grief and loss counseling and other support for family and loved ones.
- Volunteers who provide companionship and socialization.