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Resource Library

Hospice of the Valleys has been Southwest Riverside County’s local community hospice for the last 35 years. As part of our mission to serve the community, we have put together this resource library for you. Here you can find helpful publications, forms, and other useful information (arranged A-Z) that may give you peace of mind during this difficult time.

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Articles

    Hospice of the Valleys Awarded “Top Workplace” for Past 4 Years

    MURRIETA, DECEMBER 02, 2017- Hospice of the Valleys was recognized as a Top Workplace in the Inland Empire by The Press-Enterprise for small companies. This is the fourth consecutive year Hospice of the Valleys has been named as a Top Workplace. This year there were 741 companies who were invited to participate in the Top Workplaces […]

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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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    4 Secret Benefits of Volunteering

    We all live busy lives, and finding the time to volunteer can sound like a challenge. However, when you weigh the benefits of performing volunteer work, it’s easy to see how helping others really does help you. In fact, you might quickly find that volunteer work enhances your life so much, that finding the time […]

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    7 Reasons Why Caregivers Should Consider Joining a Support Group

    As a caregiver, you have probably been reminded many times that you must make the time to take care of yourself, too. After all, if you aren’t healthy, then taking care of another person becomes nearly impossible. But it might feel as though you’ve simply been issued another assignment, just one more task to cram […]

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    Dementia and Hospice Care

    Dementia is often a difficult topic to discuss, because it’s technically a collective term that denotes symptoms of over 70 different medical conditions. Dementia refers to a set of behaviors which can show up in many elderly and chronically ill patients, making it a common scenario that we encounter. And yet, the signs and symptoms […]

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    What is Hospice Care?

    When you hear about someone receiving hospice care, what do you picture? Hospice care is not a place you go, or a particular medical provider whom you visit. Hospice care is a philosophy that applies to those who suffer from terminal illnesses, or those for whom there is no cure. The number one goal of […]

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    Hospice of the Valleys: Over Thirty Years of Service

    Over thirty years ago, two sisters recognized a need in our community. They founded Hospice of the Valleys, a nonprofit hospice, so that those who are sick and dying would never have to feel alone. Our founders believed strongly in reducing pain and suffering for those at end of life. What began as a volunteer […]

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    How to Choose a Caregiver Agency

    If you’re providing care to an elderly or sick loved one, at some point you will consider hiring help. It might be because you need to work a full time job, or maybe you just need backup on the weekends. Whatever your reasons, choosing a caregiver can be a complicated decision. You want to hire […]

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    6 Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout: Is it Time to Ask for Help?

    For months, or maybe years now, you’ve served as the primary caregiver for an elderly or sick loved one. But at some point, you begin to notice signs of caregiver burnout: You’re stressed, depressed, lonely, or even getting sick yourself. It’s time to take the right steps toward taking care of yourself, so that you […]

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    6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

    When we were all babies, our parents devoted themselves to taking care of us. But at some point later in life, that role often reverses, with children taking care of aging or sick parents. Just as parents of small children often feel overwhelmed and say that they need a break, caring for an older relative […]

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