Introduction to Hospice

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Hospice care should be considered when a patient has a life-limiting illness that is progressing despite standard treatments. Hospice care focuses on caring, not curing.

Hospice of the Valleys utilizes an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and trained volunteers that address symptom control, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal in California, and by most private insurance benefits.

Hospice Care

Hospice is a unique type of care for those approaching the end of life. This concept of care focuses upon relieving pain, providing comfort, and increasing the quality of life of our patients.

Hospice of the Valleys focuses on the treatment of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. You and your family will receive the support of a competent team of hospice professionals who will work with you to meet your needs and honor your wishes.

Choosing Your Hospice Provider

You have the right to choose your own hospice provider. In order to receive hospice care, your doctor and the hospice medical director must first certify that you’re terminally ill and have 6 months or less to live.

According to Medicare, once a patient has qualified for hospice care, he/she  is free to choose any qualified agency offering hospice services.

With more than just one hospice organization serving your community, it may seem difficult to select the right one. The best way to begin is by reaching out to the hospice providers in your community to find the one best equipped to meet your family’s specific needs and goals.

Hospice Compare reports information on hospices across the nation and allows patients, family members, and health care providers to get a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice provides. Click on the “Hospice Compare” button below to compare hospices based on a national survey that rates family members’ experiences with hospice care or on important indicators of quality, like the percentage of patients checked for pain or who are asked about their preferences for life-sustaining treatment.

Below is a list of questions you should consider when choosing a hospice organization:

  • Is the hospice Medicare certified?
  • Do the hospice physicians work exclusively for hospice, do they also have outside practices, or do they own the hospice?
  • What is the average case load for physicians, nurses, spiritual care advisors?
  • What support is offered to the family/caregiver?
  • Is the hospice a member of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)?
  • What extra services does the hospice provide?
  • What services do volunteers offer?
  • What options are available if a person needs in-patient care in a facility?
  • How far from your home is the hospice located?


Contact Hospice of the Valleys Admissions Department at (951) 200-7800 for answers to these questions.

Whether you are facing a terminal illness, are looking for more information, or would like to find out more about setting up an admissions visit, our Admissions Department is always ready to help.