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How Much Does Hospice Cost?

Hospice of the Valleys is a local, community-based, nonprofit hospice. We are a Medicare certified hospice and accept Medicare/Medi-Cal and most private insurance plans. If you have Medicare insurance, whether it is straight Medicare, HMO or PPO Medicare plans, your hospice care will be 100% covered under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Hospice care is provided […]

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Questions To Ask When Interviewing A Hospice

Where is the hospice headquartered and how long have they been providing hospice care?     Hospice of the Valleys is headquartered in Murrieta, California and has been providing hospice care to our community for 35 years. Our staff lives in our service area, which allows us to respond quickly to the needs of our patients. Is […]

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What Services Does Hospice Provide?

What do you do, when you learn that a family member’s medical condition will not improve? There is no cure, treatments are no longer effective, and normally simple aspects of daily life become more complicated. You face challenges every day, in order to accomplish things most people take for granted, and it can be difficult […]

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Symptoms of Dementia Might Vary According to Type

When you think of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease probably leaps to mind. After all, 8 out of 10 patients with dementia do indeed present with Alzheimer’s. However, there are other types of dementia that can strike as we age, and the progression of the disease might different significantly from Alzheimer’s. Remember that when we talk about […]

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The Truth About Dementia

You probably understand that heart disease is a disease of the heart. There is something physically wrong, caused by a combination of genetics, environment, and lifestyle, that damages a person’s heart and causes it to become unhealthy. Like heart disease, dementia is also a degenerative disease. Yet, most people believe that dementia is a mental […]

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The Power of Planning (Wills and Trusts)

We’ve all heard stories of bereaved relatives, surprised by a strange Last Will and Testament scribbled on a sheet of notebook paper, tucked into a random drawer somewhere in the house. Over the years, these stories surface to amuse us (due to the lack of planning and surprise of relatives who discover they have inherited […]

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The Power of a Power of Attorney

Establishing a Power of Attorney can be a confusing process, but creating this legal document is essential to ensure that your future medical care will fall in line with your wishes. Once you have chosen a trusted relative or friend to entrust with your future decisions, you might be wondering exactly what this person will […]

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The Importance of a Health Care Directive

Even though death is a very natural, inevitable part of life, we are often reluctant to think about it. Due to that reluctance, many of us fail to plan for end-of life issues. However, leaving everything up in the air is a big risk to take! If you take the time to prepare an Advance […]

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7 Tips to Prepare for a Productive Check-Up

Most Medicare and Medi-Cal patients are eligible for free annual wellness exams. These check-ups are important, as health conditions that are detected early are usually much easier to treat. Plus, seeking regular preventive care can actually help to ward off the development of many serious diseases. It’s important to take your loved one to the […]

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How to Keep Your Loved One Safe at Home

If you’re caring for an older loved one, you might be undertaking this task in their home, or in yours. Either way, it is likely that the house is not already set up for caretaking duties of this magnitude. The design of most homes does not take into account the tasks and responsibilities you face […]

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